History at St Anne’s continues to offer challenging and relevant materials and skills for those moving on to university and those entering ‘gainful employment’. In terms of content we continue to work on understanding the world as it is through studying key elements of the past that have contributed significantly to the world as it stands.

Entry Requirements

6 in GCSE history


Assessment is conducted through written examination and in Year 13 coursework.

Year 1

Russia 1917-1991

German Democratic Republic 1949-90

Year 2

Russia 1917-1991

German Democratic Republic 1949-90

Poverty, public health and the state in Britain, c1780–1939 Historians’ views of the Cold War (Coursework)


Studying history in the sixth form is particularly useful for careers involving researching, evaluating and analysing information. History students tend to do well in positions where applied knowledge and intelligence are central, including, but not exclusively, law, journalism, PR, personnel management, banking and accountancy as well as more ‘obvious’ paths such as museum/archive work and teaching.

 In sixth form we develop the work begun in GCSE focusing on the life and demise of Communism in Europe using the Soviet Union and East Germany as examples. We study key leaders and their attitudes to the people and how they governed them as well as the divisive nature of nationalism. For the full A level we also look in detail at Britain and the way it developed towards the welfare state created after World War 2. There is also a guided coursework component in which a variety of historians’ interpretations is investigated relating to the onset of the Cold War.

Students enjoy the challenge of history; it establishes a set of approaches to issues that serve beyond the school and university context. They engage with and reflect upon ‘real life’ issues of government, democracy and social participation, issues that will be appropriate to help them guide future decisions, and not solely in academic arenas.