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Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it

George Santayana

History is an important and highly relevant subject. Whether on a personal, local, national or international level, our identity, values and what we hope for in the future are largely defined by what we have been in the past.

A-Level History develops an informed and enquiring mind. At Wisbech Grammar School we teach the AQA A-Level specification. The History course is built around two main units, one studying the rise and fall of the British Empire and the other examining the birth of the USA. These two units are complemented with coursework focussed on modern German History. A-Level History requires the study of sources, interpretations as well as traditional essay writing.

A-Level History is a subject that is valued by universities and employers alike. Alongside the heritage industry, History can lead to careers in law, education, economics, politics and the media. The course we teach helps pupils to understand Britain’s place in the world and the legacy of our empire. It also explains to our pupils the principles that shaped the founding of the USA, a nation that continues to have enormous power and influence in the world today.

The A Level course is enriched with many opportunities for debate, trips and guest lectures.

A-Level History results and student feedback have both been excellent and many pupils have opted to study the subject at degree level. It is certainly true that studying the past will brighten your future!

Course Content

1st Form; Medieval Realms - English History from 1066 to 1500.

2nd Form; Tudors, Stuarts, British Empire and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

3rd Form; French Revolution, WWI and WWII.

AQA GCSE History 8145

This course includes a period study on Hitler’s Germany, two depth studies on WWI and Norman England and a thematic study on the battle for democracy in Britain.

AQA A Level 7041/7041

The course is built around two detailed studies on the rise and fall of the British Empire and the Birth of the USA. A short coursework unit is completed on 19th and 20th century German History.

Trips and Enrichment

The History Department believes that trips and visits are an excellent way to enhance the educational experience of our students and to bring History to life. Our 1st Form pupils enjoy an annual trip to Castle Rising which supports work on castles in the Middle Ages. 3rd Form pupils visit the battlefields in France and Belgium to enhance their understanding of Britain’s role in the Great War. Pupils in the Lower 6th Form have the opportunity to visit Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland as part of an educational experience offered by the Holocaust Educational Trust. The department has also run enrichment trips with the Psychology department, taking 6th Form pupils to Poland, Germany and Finland.