History is taught within the Humanities Department at Concord. It is offered to all years. Three enthusiastic teachers and careful choice of content give the students the opportunity to develop high-level skills and gain understanding of a broad range of history. The subject is taken by most students in Form 3 (Year 9) dependent upon their level of English. History is a popular subject for Form 4-5 students (Years 10-11) with over 30 students taking the IGCSE Modern History course. The Department offers AS Level History and A Level History for those students wishing to pursue PPE, Humanities. Law, or Social Sciences at University. In 2017-2018, the History Department AS Level results were 100% A; while the A Level results were 85% A*-A, and 100% A*-B.
In Forms 4-5 (Years 10-11) the Cambridge IGCSE History syllabus looks at some of the major international issues of the twentieth century, as well as covering the history of particular regions such as Germany in more depth. The emphasis is on both historical knowledge and on the skills required for historical research. The IGCSE History exam consists of three exam papers: Paper 1 on International Relations 1919-1990; Paper 2 on Source Analysis; and Paper 4 on the historical concept of Significance. Learners develop an understanding of the nature of cause and effect, continuity and change, similarity and difference and find out how to use and understand historical evidence as part of their studies. IGCSE History provides the analytical and essay-writing skills can lead on to numerous A Level courses such as History; English Literature; English Language, Economics; and Languages.
In the Sixth Form, History students complete the AQA A Level examination by studying two units, USA 1865-1975 and Britain 1951-2007. Students sit the AS level examination at the end of year 6.1 and then most students go on to study those units further in year 6.2 (Year 13) with the addition of an extensive research coursework unit on aspects of Russian History (1800-1917) in order to gain the full A level. Subject content in History is further enriched by visiting speakers, educational visits and a library of audio-visual material. A Level History develops crucial skills in source analysis, explanation and argumentation, experience analysing quantitative and qualitative data; and independent research. Recent A Level History students have successfully applied for PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) at Oxford and History & Politics at Cambridge. Many A Level History students have also successfully applied to Oxbridge, Durham, LSE and UCL for Economics, Social Sciences, Humanities, International Relations, Law, Education, and English Literature/Language.