Why Study History?
History is a rewarding study: informative and interesting, it helps you to develop useful skills and is taught in a variety of interesting ways.
Often people choose subjects at G.C.S.E because they are interested in and good at them.
However, there are other reasons affecting your choice and History has a contribution to make here too.
Topics are taught through a mixture of approaches. Pupils will use both primary and secondary sources and should become skilled at extracting information from each and assessing the reliability and value of any given source for their work. Pupils will also have the opportunity to work independently on projects, to use prepared materials which emphasise the important details, to engage in discussion, to draw as well as write their findings and to produce oral and visual presentations of their work. The principle behind each of these approaches is that the subject and the methods used in the classroom should be the best means to teach the information and skills which may help you in later life.
A Qualification in History doesn't limit you to a career using History although there are many of these. Other opportunities include:
- Civil Service
- Personnel work
- Social Work
The skills developed in history are transferable, highly valued by employers and make you a good prospect:
- Asking questions
- Making Judgements
- Understanding people
- Problem solving
- Report writing skills - analyzing, selecting, organizing and communicating clearly. Critical analysis - of events, people, documents.
- Your ability to communicate: both spoken and written.
- Logical thought processes - the ability to work out why things happen, to establish theories and back them with evidence.
Since many of the issues studied in History do not have clear and easy explanations, while you are studying the topic you will have the chance to become more skilled at reasoning, deduction, and at organising and evaluating information.
Finally, as a result of having to defend your opinions and conclusions in class discussion, you will find yourself with many chances to develop your own self-confidence.
See the articles below which discuss this in more detail: