History

History at Brampton College is a flourishing department, popular with students at both GCSE and A Level. It can be combined with any other subject but is most often studied alongside English, Politics, Sociology, Economics, Psychology and Languages. Studying history requires good reading and writing and critical thinking skills, so there is a strong emphasis in our small teaching groups at Brampton on developing these skills as much as possible. History is a widely respected subject at A level, which opens the doors to many university courses such as Law, Journalism, International Relations and War Studies, as well as courses involving history itself.

History attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and previous experience, and we put great store on open student discussion and students’ listening to each other’s point of view. The many concepts covered in the study of History enable students to integrate learning in other subjects, and there is a clear cross-over between work in history and in areas such as Economics, Politics , Philosophy, English Literature, Psychology and Classics.

History is taught by highly qualified and experienced staff and is well equipped with the latest textbooks and a range of borrowing resources.

History Courses

The courses we offer for our main teaching at Brampton are in Modern History, which reflect the expertise and interests of the department and the background of most students. We can also be flexible enough to offer tuition in other areas as required.

A Level

We are changing to the Cambridge International beginning with AS in September 2019. Previously, we have been teaching the AQA A level in History, and the three units covered in combination give students a broad understanding of some key areas of development in the world since about 1850.

Cambridge International A Level, CIE [for students beginning A Level in September 2019]

We are introducing a new syllabus this year which we believe will benefit our students. Cambridge International offers a coherent study of modern European history and enables students to cover some of the key events and developments which shaped the modern world.

Students will benefit from:

  • Taking an AS level at the end of the first year. If necessary, these papers can be retaken in the autumn and then summer of the second year.
  • A range of important topics to study.
  • No coursework requirement which means more time can be taken in preparation for the examinations.
  • Clear and user friendly examination papers
  • Brand new textbooks endorsed by CIE

At AS Level the following will be studied

Paper 1

This is a document study which will cover Liberalism and Nationalism in Italy and Germany 1848 – 1871. This introduces students to key developments which created the modern states of Italy and Germany. It also introduces students to key concepts which will be of value in other subjects.

Paper 2

This is an outline study. The following topics will be studied

  • The French Revolution and Napoleon
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • The Russian Revolution

Students who are successful at AS will keep their grades when they continue to A Level.

At A Level the following will be studied

Paper 3

This is a paper which focuses on the nature of historical interpretation.

A final decision on which topic to choose will be taken during the coming year but the most likely topic will be The Holocaust.

Paper 4

This is a Depth Study on Europe of the Dictators covering some of the following

  • Mussolini’s Italy
  • Lenin’s Russia
  • The Soviet Union under Stalin
  • Nazi Germany.

IGCSE

The course offered is the Edexcel IGCSE course in Modern World History. This is an intensive one year course which does require good reading and writing skills. The course is assessed in two examinations.

The topics studied are:

  • Germany 1918-1945
  • Superpower Conflict 1943-1972
  • USA 1918-1941
  • Changes in Medicine c1848 – c1948

History Departmental Features

History at Brampton College is a burgeoning area and is taught by highly experienced A level teachers. A level Examination results are exceptionally high with over 85% of students gaining A* – B grades at A level and 100% of students gaining A*-C grades at A level since 2010. Students who join Brampton for their upper sixth year or to retake in one year are continuously successful in raising their grades. In addition, an increasing number of students are opting to read history at a wide variety of universities.

The history department at Brampton is situated in a dedicated teaching area. The department is well stocked with the latest textbooks for the new specifications, as well as other resources for coursework.

History Staff

Judi Falk, Head of Department

J Falk

Judi read history at Cambridge and has many years of teaching experience at all levels. She has worked as an Assistant Headteacher and has experience in pastoral work as well as history teaching. Judi has particular interest in 20th century history especially Russian, British, Indian and German history. She has been at Brampton College since 2005. Apart from continuing to enjoy her teaching enormously she enjoys reading and watching cricket.

John Gillings

J Gillings
John is a very experienced teacher of Politics and History, who was head of department at the famous Oundle School for many years before coming to Brampton. He has a deep interest in all areas of history and politics, and has been at Brampton for 6 years, teaching with enthusiasm and humour.

 

Tom Callaghan

Tom Callaghan has been teaching History at A level and GCSE for over twenty years. Erudite, humorous, and keenly attuned to the academic needs of his students, Tom’s expertise in British, American and European history ranges from the Early modern period of Tudors and Stuarts and the Treaty of Westphalia to the Cold War and beyond. His best years as an attacking full-back for the Philosophy Football XI may also, some say, lie in the past!

Daniel Graham

Dan has come to Brampton College after 22 years at a highly successful inner-city comprehensive school in London where he served as Head of History & Politics, Head of Sixth Form and on the Leadership Team as an Assistant Headteacher.
He holds the following degrees: BA (magna cum laude in Liberal Arts), Rhode Island College; Graduate Diploma in Law, University of Westminster; PGCE, UCL Institute of Education; MA (Education), Middlesex University.
When not planning, marking or writing, he enjoys reading, gardening, and quality time spent with his family.

 

History Students

Amy Wagner

I came to Brampton after not receiving the grades that I had hoped for in my AS levels. I had worked hard for my first year of exams but I never really knew how to answer an exam question or how to revise properly for them. It came as a shock to me how much harder AS levels were than the GCSE examinations.

I came to Brampton seeking help and support and they welcomed me with open arms- offering me extra tutorials, exam tips and an unlimited supply of past papers. From my first day in Brampton college, the teachers made an effort to get to know me and to help me change my approach to how I went about revising for my exams. Throughout all my school years, teachers never encouraged me as much as they did at Brampton. Brampton made me want to achieve my very best. As well as the support from the staff at college, I met students, many of whom are now very good friends. They were in the same position as myself and we all felt supported the whole way through our year at college.

I never thought that with the grades that I had originally received in my previous school, I would ever get a place at the university of my choice and that I would have the opportunity the take a year out but with the help of the college, it was all made possible. I am currently in Israel experiencing a different culture, living, studying and volunteering. Next year I have a place at the University of Birmingham to study International Relations. Brampton made it possible for me to have a year with no worries and a year which would prepare me for university life.

I want to thank Mike along with all my teachers, Heather, Barbara, Justin and Judi, who encouraged me, supported me and who had faith in me. I couldn’t have done it without Brampton College.


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