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Why study History?

"History's ability to promote understanding between cultures and between national traditions remains as important as ever." History Benchmarking Draft Report, 1999

History is inescapable. It studies the past and the legacies of the past in the present. Far from being a 'dead' subject, it connects things through time and encourages its students to take a long view of such connections. Understanding the linkages between past and present is absolutely basic for a good understanding of the condition of being human. That, in a nutshell, is why History matters. It is not just 'useful', it is essential.

Studying History opens up a world of employment opportunities...


ü  Barrister

ü  Broadcast journalist

ü  Magazine journalist

ü  Newspaper journalist

ü  Primary school teacher

ü  Secondary school teacher

ü  Solicitor


Studying History offers a number of skills form my CV. It helps develop your:


ü  Critical reasoning and analytical skills, including the capacity for solving problems and thinking creatively;

ü  Intellectual rigour and independence, including the ability to conduct detailed research;

ü  Ability to construct an argument and communicate findings in a clear and persuasive manner, both orally and in writing;

ü  Ability to work without direct supervision and manage time and priorities effectively;

ü  Ability to discuss ideas in groups, and to negotiate, question and summarise;

ü  Capacity to think objectively and approach problems and new situations with an open mind;

ü  Appreciation of the different factors that influence the activities of groups and individuals in society.