We offer two History A-Level courses.
- Modern History
- Medieval History
You may only study one history course (i.e. either Medieval or Modern). However, you may study also Classical History as well as either Medieval or Modern.
What will you be learning?
Unit 1: The Age of the Crusades, c.1071-1149
This is a breadth unit. It is designed to allow you to study issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence. You will look at the motives of the crusaders and counter-crusaders, and the importance of faith for Christians and Muslims. You will study the impact of the crusades and the role of key individuals and groups.
Unit 2: Royal Authority and the Angevin Kings 1154-1189
This is a depth unit. It is designed to allow you to study in detail the major changes that occurred in England in the late 12th century. You will study the reign of Henry II in depth, focussing particularly on the restoration of royal authority, the conflict between church and state and the subsequent consolidation of royal authority.
Unit 1: The Age of the Crusades, c.1071-1204
This breadth unit is a continuation of Unit 1 from year 12. It continues the study of the crusades, focussing on the revival of Islam and the third and fourth crusades. You will study the relationship between western Europe and the Byzantine Empire as well as the rise of Saladin and the impact of the third crusade.
Unit 2: Royal Authority and the Angevin Kings, 1154-1216
This depth unit is a continuation of Unit 2 from year 12. It continues the in-depth study of the key political, social and economic developments in 19th century Britain, extending the knowledge up to the reform act of 1867. You will study the emergence of the Liberal Party and the expansion of the middle and working classes, as well as the growth of protest movements such as Chartism and Fenianism.
Unit 3: Historical Investigation
This component is a historical investigation which gives you the opportunity to research a topic and produce an extended piece of writing between 3000 and 3500 words.
How is it assessed?
Y13: Unit 1, external exam, 2hrs30, 40%
Y13: Unit 2, external exam, 2hrs30, 40%
Y13: Unit 3, coursework, 20%
Minimum grade 5 in GCSE history
Minimum grade 5 in GCSE English language