A key focus of History is to make young people aware of their place in society as a citizen of that society. Through studying History, whether at the local, national or global levels, the study of events, personalities, and forces of change contribute to the education of citizens with a breadth of insight.
Besides the fun and enjoyment which come with learning about people and organizations, about the dramas of conflict and co-operation, the study of History develops crucial intellectual skills. The most important of these are the ability to gather evidence and to create a convincing argument on a topic of interest. The study of History enhances enquiry, research and presentation competencies (both written and oral), and develops analytical abilities.
History tends to attract those who enjoy its intellectual challenges and those who feel that the subject is accessible and of general interest. A pupil who reads well, comprehends easily, and writes fluently, has a distinct advantage in this subject. However, pupils who lack confidence in these areas should not be put off History. Studying History definitely improves all these skills.