Boys study the Edexcel IGCSE syllabus that focusses on the world-changing events of the 20th century. This gives boys the opportunity to gain an insight into the events, which have helped to form the world in which we live. LGS History results are excellent and boys will cover four exciting topics over the two years:
- The First World War
- Hitler’s Germany
- Stalin’s Russia
- The Middle East 1917-2005
To support the syllabus a (non-compulsory) First World War battlefields trip will run in February half-term of Year 11 in 2020. We will visit all the major sites on the Western Front including some of the memorials to old LGS boys that gave their lives.
In addition to teaching about the past, IGCSE History now deals with the acquiring of historical skills and the handling of information and its use. It is no longer simply the learning of large amounts of factual information and its regurgitation; candidates are taught to analyse a great variety of historical evidence both visual and written, in order to make reasoned judgements and answer a range of questions presented to them.
"We cannot understand what we are until we understand what we have been"
If, for the pure historian it is sufficient to explore the past because of its intrinsic fascination, there are many other reasons which make the study of History at A Level thoroughly worthwhile. Professor Ullmann, for example, suggests we can only understand society today if we know how that society has come to be. He is also saying that we understand ourselves, as individuals, better through seeing how others like us have acted in the past.
Practically, the study of History develops skills which can be used in many other contexts. You will learn how to process information, how to take into account different points of view, how to accept ambiguity and, hence, the quality of tolerance. A Level History pupils develop the ability to read quickly and effectively, think deeply about a subject, develop cogent arguments and communicate clearly. Perhaps, above all, you will learn how to approach and solve intellectual problems independently, with no need to rely upon others. Historians are well-prepared for employment, with particularly good writing skills, that transfer easily into a variety of career paths.
History is a subject for the intellectually curious. If you have a lively, questioning mind and prefer to challenge rather than accept what you hear and read, then it is the subject for you.
History at LGS has a thriving and vibrant extra-curricular side. Senior History Society (joint with LHS) runs on Monday lunch and Extension History (for aspiring History university entrants) on Tuesday lunch. Moreover, pupils are encouraged to enter essay prizes run by Oxbridge colleges and other institutions, debating competitions run by the Historical Association and schemes such as the Lessons from Auschwitz initiative. We also run a 4-day trip to Florence in October Half Term (Year 13) to help grasp the magnificence of the Italian Renaissance.