Vocational qualification

In Huddersfield

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  • Type

    Vocational qualification

  • Location


  • Duration

    2 Years



Start date

Huddersfield (West Yorkshire)
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Greenhead Road, HD1 4ES

Start date

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About this course

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. However, what is essential to study history is a genuine interest in the subject, real commitment and an enjoyment of reading. Without these...

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Course programme

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 Crusades.

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".
His 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."
Historians 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.

Meriel O'Loughlin: 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)!!
History 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
I hope you remember me, I left Greenhead in 2002 and studied your medieval
history 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.
Gemma Gomersell
(Greenhead 2000-2002)

Dear Dr Thomson

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 still smiling.
Best Wishes
Michelle Potkins

Entry Requirement

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.
However, what 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 enjoyment.


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