About History in Cambridge

This course is tailor-made for students in Year 10 who are interested in studying history-related subjects in Years 11 and 12, from Modern History and Ancient History to Religious Studies, Literature, and Politics. The course content aligns with units covered by Modern History Courses taught in Year 11 and 12 across Australia, offering students taking Modern History a head-start in Year 11.

Students who are academic in outlook and would like a taste of university life are especially well-suited to this course.

Director of Studies

Tom Tyson| Director of Studies for the History Programme

Dr Tom Tyson is a PhD at the University of Cambridge and incoming Doctoral Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, London.  

Born in London, Tom grew up in Fremantle Western Australia, and went to high school at John Curtin College of the Arts. He moved to the UK in 2012 to study History at the University of Cambridge (Trinity Hall), graduating with a First in 2015.  He stayed on in Cambridge for another year to complete an MPhil in Early Modern History.  

Tom is passionate about teaching, having taught History and Politics A-Level for a number of years at Fine Arts College, Hampstead, and since starting his doctorate, he has lectured and led seminars for undergraduates at Cambridge.  He is also running an evening course for adults in the Autumn at Fine Arts College entitled “Subversives and Sinners:  An Alternative History of Britain from the Renaissance to the Romantic”.  

Tom has also won a number of academic awards, including the Dr Lightfoot Prize for Ecclesiastical History.  His doctoral research is on the history of Gypsies in early modern Scotland, with a focus on their persecution and toleration in the seventeenth century.

Course Details

  • Cambridge-style lectures, seminars, and supervisions led by experts in their historical field

  • Close analysis of primary and secondary sources, with the opportunity to work with original historical texts and objects

  • Guided visits to some of England’s most interesting historical places

  • Cambridge admissions and interview advice

  • Debating practice and skills session

  • Fun research challenges in and around Cambridge, its colleges and museums!

Highlights and Visits may include:

  • Cambridge’s museums, libraries, and colleges, including King’s College Chapel

  • Wimpole Hall

  • Audley End House and Saffron Walden

  • Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill

  • IWM Duxford

  • Ely Cathedral and Oliver Cromwell’s House


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