What Will I Study?

Unit Y106: England 1485-1558: the Early Tudors

Key Topics include:

  • The government of Henry VII and threats to his rule;
  • Henry VII's foreign policy;
  • Henry VIII and Wolsey;
  • The reign of Henry VIII after 1529.

Unit Y213: The French Revolution and the rule of Napoleon 1774-1815

Key Topics include:

  • The causes of the French Revolution from 1774 and the events of 1789;
  • The Revolution from October 1789 to the Directory 1795;
  • Napoleon Bonaparte to 1807;
  • The decline and fall of Napoleon 1807-1815.

Unit Y319: Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992

  • This theme focuses on the struggle of citizens in the United States to gain equality before the law without regard to ethnic origin, gender or wealth. The progress made by both African and Native Americans will be examined, as well as the rights of women and trade unions. Candidates should understand the factors which encouraged and discouraged change during this period.

Unit Y100: Coursework Unit

  • A 3000-4000 word essay on a historical period or topic of interest to the candidate.

How Will I Be Assessed?

  • Unit Y106: a 1 hour 30 minute exam worth 25% of the A Level;
  • Unit Y213: a 1 hour exam worth 15% of the A Level;
  • Unit Y100: This unit consists of one 3000-4000 word essay on a topic of their choice. It is worth 20% of the A Level;
  • Unit Y319: a 2 hour 30 minute written paper worth 40% of the A Level.

What Will I Need?

You will need a passion for History as a subject and the ability to express your views - and the views of historians with evidence.

What Can This Course Lead To/Prepare Me For?

As well as a broad range of historical and contemporary contextual knowledge, History develops skills of interpretation and analysis useful in all jobs, including high-flying professional careers in the realms of Politics, Law and the Media. Famous History graduates include ex-PM Gordon Brown, Lawyer Michael Mansfield QC and controversial writer Salmon Rushdie. As well as these professionals, other successful History graduates include Jonathan Ross, Louis Theroux and "The Dictator" star Sacha Baron Cohen.

Entry Requirements

At least a grade 6 in History and four other GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English.

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