History combines the excitement of exploration and discovery with the sense of reward born of successfully confronting and making sense of complex and challenging problems. The purpose of historical inquiry is not simply to present facts but to search for an interpretation of the past. Historians attempt to find patterns and establish meaning through the study of evidence. History complements other subjects. It provides skills and understanding that will always be valuable in any career. The study of History has a civilising influence on our society. It is the source of our political, social and ethical ideals. Students at Harington will enjoy the study of people, patterns and changes in the past.
The course will focus largely on modern history. In Year 12 students will focus on the theme of communist states in the twentieth century with studies on Russia
1917-91 and East Germany 1949-90. In Year 13 coursework will focus on historians’ interpretations of the Holocaust. The final examined paper will be on Britain and the changing nature of warfare 1790-1918.