History is compulsory for pupils in the Foundation Year (Year 9) and is a very popular option for the IGCSE and Sixth Form courses.


We aim to stimulate pupils’ intellectual curiosity about discovering the past and to develop their analytical, evaluative and communication skills.

When pupils join the College in the Foundation Year we enjoy examining a variety of topics - from the History of Malvern College, to the First World War and What Drives Historical Change.

Pupils study the IGCSE course in the Remove (Year 10), Hundred (Year 11) and those entering the Pre-Sixth Form (Year 11), focussing on the Peace Settlement of 1919, the League of Nations, Germany 1918-45 and the Cold War.

Sixth Form History

History is available for all pupils at both A level and in the International Baccalaureate programme.

Within these courses the department aims to make ideas come alive through both the human drama that is History and also the great philosophical systems that have shaped our world – nationalism, democracy, liberalism, conservatism, socialism, fascism and communism. A large number of Malvern College pupils continue their historical studies at university. The department regularly organises lectures and study visits, most recently to Russia.

The members of the department represent a wide range of interests and expertise. We have specialists in the Anglo-Saxon Monarchy, the Crusades, Stuart England, Oliver Cromwell, the Enlightenment, British Conservatism, the French Revolution, American history, Chinese and Japanese modern history, Political ideas, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century British and European History and the Cold War.