Study World War 1
‘History’ and ‘story’ are covered by the same word in many languages and what could be more important or interesting than the human past? Yet history is far more than a narrative of events. It satisfies our natural curiosity by asking why things happened, as well as asking what alternative courses of action were available. You will be introduced to new or unfamiliar countries or periods and be asked to make judgments and comparisons. In asking ‘why’ and ‘how’ about the past we can better understand the present and offer tentative suggestions for the future. History has been undervalued in recent decades by politicians of all persuasion; the UK is now virtually the only country in Europe where it is not a compulsory subject until at least the age of 16.
Inevitably many sessions are teacher-led, especially early on as you learn to upgrade your reading and writing skills. However, there are increasingly frequent opportunities to take charge of your own learning, to listen to, debate and thus contribute to the learning of others; your teachers expect to benefit from your insights into the past! Traditional textbooks are supplemented by topic books and articles in specialist journals and magazines. There is also an extensive library of audio-visual material.
You will not necessarily have studied this subject at GCSE – but it clearly helps. A grade ‘B’ or above in English at GCSE is strongly recommended.
History has long been recognised as perhaps the greatest of all subjects amongst the liberal arts. Unlike some others, where innate ability is essential, it is a subject where you can achieve a great deal if you are prepared to work hard. You will emerge with your critical skills honed to a much higher level than when you started the course. As such, history continues to be a qualification which is much valued by universities and employers alike. Obvious avenues are law, journalism and media, banking and accountancy. History goes very well with English, Geography or Politics, though virtually any subject can be set alongside it.
For full course specifications visit: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/by-subject/history/