Debate Chamber

History Summer School

University of London venue • open to students aged 15-18 • 10th – 14th July (and repeated 24th – 28th July and 29th August – 2nd September) 2017.

The study of history is about a lot more than facts and dates. Questions of the possibility of historical truth, the methodology of its pursuit and the political responsibilities of historians to both the past and the future are central to the craft of the historian. This course offers the chance to explore these and other historiographical questions using some fascinating (and sometimes weird and wonderful) case studies.

bigstock-Old-Book-2207732The Debate Chamber History Summer School will be of particular benefit to those students who are considering the study of History, or a closely related subject, at University. This intensive course will be conducted through seminars, lectures and informal discussions, in order to create a sense of what studying history at undergraduate level is like. The topics covered have been specifically selected to challenge and broaden the historical outlook of participants and as such the course requires no specific background knowledge and is open to all students aged 15-18. The most important qualification is a strong enthusiasm for history!

See a full schedule for this course here.

The History Summer School offers students the opportunity to develop their historical studies by tackling some areas not often covered by the school curriculum. By studying new and ambitious topics, students will be challenged to confront the unexamined assumptions underlying their interpretations and to develop their analysis of primary and secondary source materials. The History Summer School will leave students with a good basic understanding of a broad range of historiographical trends and subject matters, and as a result, students will not only be well equipped make informed decisions about studying history at university, but will hopefully enjoy the challenge of being presented with new ideas, and benefit from an enhanced ability to critically examine and assess their own ideas and opinions.

Our approach to tuition is varied – offering interactive discussions, formal debates, lectures, group presentations and close individual reading of primary and secondary source material. Special emphasis is given to developing students skills as critical readers at an undergraduate level, by analysing extracts and quotations, as well as images, material sources and oral accounts. Participants will be supported in formulating and presenting their own viewpoints clearly and logically and encouraged to challenge one another’s positions in a constructive and friendly atmosphere.

You might also be interested in our Classical Civilisations Summer School.

Feedback from previous History Summer Schools – read lots more reviews here:

Before the History Summer School, I had no idea what studying history beyond the facts could be like. After the summer school, thanks to the brilliant tutors and the challenging curriculum, I have a much more in-depth knowledge of the various theories behind historical study and what it is like to further study history. I’d recommend this Summer School to anyone who has even the slightest interest in history, it was probably the most informative and interesting 5 days of my life!


I enjoyed every minute of this summer school and would recommend it to anyone who has a passion for history! Also, I was able to learn about parts of history which I had never encountered before. The variety of topics and the fantastic tutors definitely made the course worthwhile.


For me, this course was originally planning to be a sort of wake up from the summer. However, the five non-stop history filled days that we were given meant I didn’t just turn on my brain, I excited it: critically looking at intriguing sources. Due to the huge scope of the course, no matter where your interest is you’re bound to come away with a new one. Then too, the lecturers/teachers provided entertaining and enlightening commentary on the sources and historical events that we covered. Discussion amongst the group was always flowing and I was always left with something bubbling in my mind at the end of the day.


I couldn’t recommend this course enough – it was a lot of fun to be a part of, and both the quality and depth of the content that we looked at each day was very interesting, something for everyone! And the standard of the teachers were also very high – certainly left a lot of avenues of research I’d want to look down!

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The cost of the five day History Summer School is £475 per student. Please note that accommodation is not included, and must be arranged independently if required. Bookings for any event may be made by individual students or parents or through the school. To book a place or places at the History Summer School, or if you have any further questions, simply call on 0845 519 4827, email, or use the form below.

Debate Chamber offers a limited number of full and partial bursaries to students who could not otherwise afford to attend. If you are applying for a bursary please do not complete this form, but instead complete the ‘Bursary Application Form’ here.

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