Did You Know?
Tudor people didn’t eat with forks. Their meal-time cutlery consisted of a pricker, a knife, and a spoon. Forks wouldn’t become popular to use in England until the 18th century!
Two Year Course
"History allows you to understand the context behind current historical events, and gives you a far greater knowledge of where our culture nowadays comes from. I especially liked the Cold War topic as it is something that is still very relevant today". - Alice Hobson, upper sixth student
Assessment: 80% exam, 20% coursework
What do I need to study this course?
Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and grade 5 in GCSE History, if taken.
What will I study?
Tudors (First Year): Henry VII and Henry VIII, focussing on government and foreign policy, and disputes between Catholics and Protestants. Tudors (Second Year): Edward VI, Mary I, persecution of Protestants under Mary, Elizabeth I, the Spanish Armada, the relationship between Elizabeth and her ministers. Cold War (First Year): emergence of the Cold War, division of Europe, Korean War, nuclear arms race, Berlin Wall, Cuban Missile Crisis. Cold War (Second Year): Vietnam War, détente, Reagan and Gorbachev, the collapse of communism and the end of the Cold War. Coursework: US Civil rights: key events in the Black American struggle including the role of key figures: Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks.
A-level History is useful if you intend to study History, Law, International Studies, or Politics degrees. History degrees mean opportunities to work in many relevant careers.