Greenhead Road, HD1 4ES
Questions & Answers
Add your question
Our advisors and other users will be able to reply to you
Have you taken this course?
Medieval History covers British and European history
from c.1066 to 1216. In British History topics begin with the battle of
Hastings and include William I and the conquest, Anglo-Saxon rebellions,
castles and Domesday book. European History includes a study of the
Trips and visits
Trips and visits form an
important part of History studies at Greenhead. This year medieval
students will travel to the Loire Valley to visit the chateaux and
cathedrals in the region, while modern history students will visit Ypres,
the Somme and Berlin. Similar visits have taken place for the last four
years and in addition all students take part in day trips to places of
interest such as Fountains Abbey and York Castle and attend conferences to
reinforce specific aspects of their courses.
What can I do with
a History A-level?
David Nicholls, Head of History at Manchester
Metropolitan University, suggests that, "with a History degree you can
aspire to be Prime Minister, a press baron, overlord of the BBC, a famous
lawyer, Archbishop of Canterbury, diplomat, Oxbridge vice-chancellor,
famous comedian, business multimillionaire or celebrated pop musician".
research into the careers of thousands of history graduates has shown a
disproportionate number of high fliers." Not only do history graduates
enter a wide range of careers, many rise to the top."
holding political power include Gordon Brown, Alan Milburn and John
Prescott. At least four historians have become bishops in the past ten
years and in business, historians have swept the board. Among the company
directors, chief executives and managing directors who studied history are
Lord Sainsbury, Sir Roland Smith, chairman of Manchester United plc and
Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop.
The research, backed by a
National Teaching Fellowship award, will now look into the skills of
historians at school and university to discover why, for instance,
significant numbers of Cabinet ministers (six at present) and
vice-chancellors are historians.
Jake Campbell: History at
Greenhead was a great experience and I learned a great deal. The syllabus
had great variety which made the course all the more interesting. My
teacher was really enthusiastic and readily available if I had problems
with the work. I have enjoyed History so much over these two years that I
decided to apply to study it at university. My favourite part of the
course was the 'personal study' in the A2 year where I was able to write a
3000-word essay on any historical topic that interested me. The whole
department was very helpful and they were more than willing to lend books
and give advice. The resources in the library enabled me to read around
the subject and pursue my interests further.
Studying history at Greenhead is a fun and worthwhile experience. The
staff are very supportive, passionate and enthusiastic about their
subject. They are always available to help. I particularly enjoyed
studying Russian history (1855 to 1956) during the second year. Also
during the second year I visited Berlin on a history field trip. It proved
to be a memorable and emotional experience especially when we visited the
site of the Battle of the Somme and a concentration camp. In the evenings
we were able to relax and have an occasional drink (or two)!!
at Greenhead will provide new students with an enjoyable, distinctive
course. You will certainly improve your document and essay skills but most
importantly in my opinion you will have a better understanding to what
actually motivates people.
Caroline Moors: I have greatly enjoyed
studying history for the past two years at Greenhead- the teachers and the
structure of the course have made the subject both fascinating and really
good fun. In the first year, I found the module on Britain 1855-1918
extremely interesting as it involved looking in-depth into so many
different aspects of British history- from the rise of the Labour Party,
the influence of Trade Unions and Liberalism, to the Suffragettes and the
Irish Question. In contrast, studying 100 years of Russian history in the
second year was completely different as I was learning about the gradual
development of Tsarism, the impact of the 1917 revolutions, Lenin and
Stalin- things which I knew nothing about prior to studying A-level
history. The course did require quite a lot of interest and hard work, but
overall the subject and the way it is taught at Greenhead definitely made
choosing to study history a worthwhile experience.
Hi Dr Thomson
hope you remember me, I left Greenhead in 2002 and studied your medieval
course which was fantastic - we all had a laugh in your lessons. I thought
I would send you an email to update you on what I've been up to since
leaving. I have just graduated with a 2:1 BSc Hons in Bioarchaeology from
the University of Bradford which has been fantastic - I have learnt so
much. I have applied as a masters student for the Osteology course at
Sheffield and fingers crossed I will be starting in September. I have
worked on excavation at Whithorn Priory in Scotland and had a month of
digging in the rain - but it was fun. I found a prehistoric scraper! I
have also been involved in working with skeletal remains, reboxing and
sorting skeletons which was a challenge. Overall I have thoroughly enjoyed
myself and would recommend archaeology to any of your current students if
they are unsure of what to do.
I'm not sure whether you will remember me but I was a
student of yours from 1999-2001, (if it helps you, I won the Jekyll and
Hyde award on the history trip to France in 2000!)
Anyway I just wanted
to let you know that I graduated last year with a 2.1 from York in history
and after completing my PGCE I have secured my first teaching post. I will
be teaching history at Farnley Park High School in Leeds from September. I
wanted to also say thanks for furthering my love of history so much during
my time at Greenhead. I quoted your enthusiasm for the subject as one of
the reasons why I wanted to do the job at several interviews! And while I
won't be teaching a great deal of it now, I am still a medievalist and
didn't stray too far from this during my degree.(My dissertation was a
study of medieval prostitution!)
I hope this e-mail finds you well and
There are no formal entry requirements to study
history at Greenhead.
Experience shows that students who have not
studied history at GCSE or who have not achieved a pass grade can perform
as well as those who have in AS or A Level examinations.
is essential to study history is a genuine interest in the subject, real
commitment and an enjoyment of reading.
Without these attributes it is
wise not to choose history because you will not enjoy it and consequently
not be successful at it.
What past students think
Richard Mealing: I
decided to do History at Greenhead when I first went two years ago because
the course looked fascinating. Indeed it was. I especially enjoyed
studying about the First World War, Russia's turbulent past and the years
leading up to the Second World War. I also enjoyed the independent study
that was required in order to complete the coursework for this subject as
it gave me the opportunity to experience what studying independently is
like at university and gave me the freedom to study a specific subject of
my choice. The teachers in the history department at Greenhead are very
good at what they do as well as being very knowledgeable and willing to
help anyone with anything as long as it has something to do with history.
I enjoyed history so much at Greenhead that I decided to carry on with it
and do it at Newcastle University. Thank you for two years of thorough