Entry requirementsA minimum of 2 grade Bs and 4 grade Cs at GCSE including GCSE English Language (grade 4). Students should also achieve a grade B in either English Language (grade 5), History or Religious Studies.
What will I study?History has rightly been described as an ‘argument without end'. It offers no fixed answers but some insight into what it is to be a human being and real training in logical thought, data-handling and the attractive expression of ideas. It is also great fun.
Year 1Paper 1: England, authority, nation and religion 1509–1603
Our focus will be on the important political, social and economic features of Tudor England from the accession of Henry VIII in 1509 to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603. Students will study the concept of continuity and change over time using historical interpretations of the past.
Paper 2: Luther and the German Reformation, c1515–55
We will study in depth Luther’s challenge to the Catholic Church, the development of a separate Lutheran Church within the German states, and the response of Empire and the papacy to this challenge to 1555. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of Luther’s religious protests and the involvement of secular and religious leaders in driving, and resisting, religious and political change in the German states in this period.
Year 2Paper 3: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII, 1399-1509
This option comprises two parts: the Aspects in breadth focus on long-term changes and contextualise the Aspects in depth, which focus in detail on key episodes.
Together, the breadth and depth topics explore the dramatic developments in late medieval England that centred around the personalities and political skills of a series of kings, queens and their powerful subjects, and the impact of these developments on the kingdom. Within the primarily political focus on the nature of kingship and authority in England, this option also explores the wider social and economic contexts of political struggle.
How will I be assessed?Both Modern and Late Medieval and Early Modern History use the Edexcel specification. They cannot be taken together. They are both assessed as follows:
Year 1Unit 1 - An examination of 1 hour 20 minutes
Unit 2 - An examination of 1 hour 20 minutes
Year 2Unit 3 - An examination of 2 hours
Unit 4 - Coursework
Preliminary ReadingPrinces in the Tower by AJP Pollard
Henry and his Six Wives by D Starkey
Good course combinationsThis course works well with English courses, Archaeology, Law, Sociology and Politics.
What could it lead to?You should consider studying A Level History if you intend to take a degree in History or a closely related subject such as politics or follow a course in higher education for which history is a suitable preparation (such as law). Past students have gone on to careers in law, teaching, business and politics.
100% Achievement in 2016
Previously of Howden Secondary School
A Level History (Early Modern)
"I chose History for many reasons. I have always enjoyed learning about the past and about how the past still links to today. It was certainly a good choice as the lessons are fascinating, well constructed and examine the period of history studied in depth and are delivered with a panache rarely found anywhere else.College has been a great experience. The lessons are rewarding, the teachers passionate and devoted and the campus is clean and smart. There is a great sense of independence that simply doesn’t exist at school. And for that alone College is fantastic."