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.


Students studying history benefit from a range of trips, such as the Holocaust residential trip.


History goes well with other arts and social science subjects like english, geography or philosophy. Students can go on to university and then specialise in a range of subject areas, from the history of art to transport history. With a qualification in History, you can go on to work in a great variety of jobs in law, business and administration, the police service, the armed forces, journalism and the media, leisure and tourism, as well as more ‘obvious’ History-related careers like teaching or working in museums or libraries.


PaperTopic& of Final GradeWhen Covered
1Russia 1917:91: From Lenin to Yeltsin30Year 12
2The German Democratic Republic 1949-9020Year 12
3The British Experience of Warfare c1790-191830Year 13
Coursework EnquiryInterpretations of the Holocaust20Year 13


For admission to A level History, our usual minimum requirements are:

  • Five GCSEs at grade 5 or above.
  • Students will need to have achieved a grade 6 or above in History.