History - Dictators and Democrats

History - Dictators and Democrats

Why History?

“History lessons are great fun!” More Hills Road students go on to read History at university than any other subject, not just because it is well regarded by universities and employers as a qualification for a wide range of courses and areas of work, but also because students discover it to be a fascinating subject in its own right. 

Through the study of History at Hills Road, you will gain a valuable range of key life skills, notably the ability to appreciate and weigh up different points of view, to explore how an author’s perspective may affect their judgements and to consider the complex motives which often lie behind an individual’s actions. By choosing History you will enjoy: a choice of courses, so you can play to your strengths and interests; enthusiastic and high quality teaching; the opportunity to read widely, giving you an insight into the controversies and issues that historians are currently debating; and strong support for your studies via the department’s website, enabling you to develop the independent learning skills which will be crucial at university. The History department runs residential visits to Spain and Germany, and there are regular trips to sixth-form lecture conferences in London. There is a flourishing student-run History Society which organises an annual two-day conference as well as book groups, discussion groups and a History Film Society. 

History A level is always one of the subjects cited by admissions tutors at the most competitive universities as good preparation for their courses, particularly those in law, politics, economics, English, modern languages, art history, archaeology, philosophy, sociology and theology. History graduates pursue a wide range of careers including journalism, law, accountancy, management, the civil service, teaching, research and heritage work.

Our courses give you the chance to encounter characters as diverse and fascinating as Hitler, Oliver Cromwell, Mao, Gorbachev, Elizabeth I and Martin Luther King while studying events of massive importance in the development of England, Europe and the world.

Dictators and Democrats (Year 12)

This covers ‘The Rise and fall of Communism’: the Soviet Union, 1917-91 ‘Life behind the Berlin Wall’: East Germany, 1945-90

In Year 13 both courses’ coursework offers the opportunity to study a historical controversy along a Modern, Early Modern or Medieval route. Example topics are: How could the Holocaust happen?, Oliver Cromwell: Hero or Villain? Or Mao: Dictator or Deliverer?

In addition, Dictators and Democrats students (Year 13) will consider either ‘Pitchforks and Parliamentarians’: Protest and reform in Britain 1780-1918 or the ‘British experience of warfare’ across the same date.

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade B in History or if not studied at GCSE, GCSE grade B in English Language or Literature.

Awarding Body

Edexcel