Madras College


“I am a Historian, therefore I love life.”
                    Henri Pirenne, 1862 – 1935 (Belgium Medieval Historian)

History is a fantastic combination of all the other school subjects. As Henri Pirenne noted, it opens up a form of time travel that increases ones awareness, empathy, appreciation for, and a love for life both past and present.

Department Aims:

  • To provide a caring and friendly environment which will allow pupils to develop their full potential in becoming successful, confident, responsible and effective individuals and members of society.
  • To develop pupils' knowledge and understanding of the variety of factors which have helped to shape the world in which we live.
  • To help pupils to evaluate change and continuity, and to develop a wide range of transferable skills including an awareness of bias and propaganda and the fostering of independent and systematic thinking.
  • To foster in pupils an interest in history that will provide a lifelong source of enjoyment, and thereby encourage lifelong learning.

Why should we study history?

  • History helps you discover how the world in which we live evolved through time.
  • History helps you develop the skills to look beyond the headlines, to ask questions properly, and to express your own opinions.
  • History trains your mind and teaches you how to think and process information.
  • History students are rounded individuals who develop an understanding of both the past and present.
  • The pursuit of historical events and people is fun - a form of time travel.
  • History helps you make sense of most other subjects.

History provides you with the skills employers are looking for:

Historians have always made a virtue of the importance of reaching objective judgements based upon wide reading and the ability to write clear, literate, analytical works that use good reasoning skills in order to draw sound conclusions. A history training therefore imparts vital transferable skills that are keenly desired by employers and are extremely useful in many diverse jobs.

Although a history degree is not job specific, its graduates have the skills that enable them to pursue a multiplicity of careers demanding a wide range of talents, and they do so extremely successfully in an open and competitive jobs market.

It may surprise you to learn that historians do, in fact, provide more directors of Britain's leading companies in proportion to the number of graduates than any other subject, outperforming law, science and engineering.

Some famous people started out with a History degree:

Louis Theroux (Media), Simon Mayo (Radio), The Bishop of London (Religion), Salman Rushdi (Writer), Lord Sainsbury (Business), John Inverdale and Martin Tyler (Sports Journalism) to name but a few.


Course Information

History - National 4/5

History - Higher

History - Advanced Higher