The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting. Milan Kundera
An understanding of the past is essential for us all and the ethos of the History Department is to understand how historical forces have shaped the world and impacted on the individual.
At A level, the College follows the Edexcel specification. The main emphasis is on the forces of change in the twentieth century, including the role of Communism in Russia from 1917 to 1991 and Maoist China from 1949 to 1976, as well as the origins of the First World War for coursework.
Students are taught History in a lively and energetic manner by passionate and knowledgeable teachers. A range of teaching methods are adopted, from debates to independent research. The overall aim of the Department is to allow students to explore the full richness of the past in a structured and creative manner.
However, historical learning does not simply reside in the classroom and the Department runs a whole host of trips. Older students also have the opportunity to explore the history of countries further afield. In recent years, students have visited Berlin, Moscow and St Petersburg, as well as Washington and New York, to name but a few. The Department has also invited a range of visiting speakers to give talks to students, including a Holocaust survivor, Baroness Shirley Williams, Tristram Hunt (the historian and MP), and other visiting academics.
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