History is studied by all pupils from Year 7 – 9 through 3 hours a fortnight. It is a popular GCSE subject, with a high percentage of pupils choosing to do History each year. History is a subject that is very important in the school curriculum. It teaches people about our past and helps them to understand where we are in the present. It helps to shape people into tolerant and well-rounded individuals. Of equal importance, History teaches people basic skills of research and communication, skills that are highly valued in the work place. Pupils learn to research and carefully select information to form their own considered opinions about attitudes and events.
History at Turves Green Girls School fulfils all of the requirements of the National Curriculum and covers topics that are both relevant and interesting to pupils in this school. Lessons are differentiated for different ability groups and pupil work is purposeful and meaningful.
Students develop their skills and understanding by investigating history from the Viking period to late Medieval Britain, exploring questions such as:
In year 8, students build on their knowledge and understanding through the study of British history from the Tudor period to the end of the 19th century. They consider questions such as:
In year 9 students make further progress by looking at British, European and world history from the Industrial Revolution to the present day. They learn about topics including:
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GCSE History at Turves Green Girls School follows the AQA History A syllabus.
We cover Medicine Through Time, which is developmental study across all of History, looking at the differing idea of treatment and medical ideas from prehistory to now. This is examined in Year 11 by a 1 hour 45 minute exam
We also cover Nazi Germany, looking at how Hitler got to power and what it was like to live in Hitler’s Germany. This is examined in Year 11 by a 1 hour 45 minute exam
Finally, we visit Kenilworth Castle in Year 10 and conduct a site investigation whilst there, looking at different interpretations of the castle and how it changed over time.
Employers value the research, analytical, teamwork and communication skills that are developed by history students throughout their degree.
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
· Heritage manager
· Historic buildings inspector/conservation officer
· Museum education officer
· Museum/gallery curator
· Museum/gallery exhibitions officer
· Secondary school teacher
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
· Academic librarian
· Broadcast journalist
· Civil Service administrator
· Editorial assistant
· Information officer
· Politician's assistant
Skills for your CV
A degree in history develops your:
· critical reasoning and analytical skills, including the capacity for solving problems and thinking creatively;
· intellectual rigour and independence, including the ability to conduct detailed research;
· ability to construct an argument and communicate findings in a clear and persuasive manner, both orally and in writing;
· capability to work without direct supervision and manage time and priorities effectively;
· ability to discuss ideas in groups, and to negotiate, question and summarise;
· capacity to think objectively and approach problems and new situations with an open mind;
· appreciation of the different factors that influence the activities of groups and individuals in society.
What do history graduates do?
Just over 57% of history graduates are in employment in the UK six months after graduation, with a further 29% doing further study or combining study with work.
Professions in the top ten occupations held by history graduates include marketing associate professionals, HR and industrial relations officers and business associate professionals.