History at Queen Mary's High School
The A Level course combines students’ existing grounding in modern history with a study of Sixteenth-Century Europe. This combination allows pupils to build on their GCSE studies whilst also experiencing something new and exciting which is still highly relevant to today’s world.
This is an exciting period to study, full of larger-than-life characters whose motives are still being debated over 500 years later, stimulated by recent research unearthing new details and generating re-interpretations of the era!
This breadth study starts in August 1485, the Battle of Bosworth Field (Henry VII’s epic seizure of the crown and his launching of the Tudor dynasty) and traces power, politics and life in England through the reigns of Henry VII and He
In Year 13, students continue by studying the turmoil and triumph of the mid and later Tudors. They investigate the notion of a ‘Mid Tudor Crisis’, 1547-58 (including the reigns of Edward VI and ‘Bloody Mary’), and the so-called ‘triumph’ of Elizabeth I (1568-1603).
As part of this exciting and varied unit, students will get to grips with the changing relationship between Church and State at this time, as well as studying the relative importance of the contributions of key individuals such as Henry Tudor, his son Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon, Wolsey, Cromwell, Protector Somerset, Mary Tudor, Elizabeth I, Robert Dudley and many more!
Component 2: The Cold War 1945-91
In Year 13, students investigate the changes taking place from
- students will firstly be asked to understand and evaluate arguments in extracts taken from relevant primary sources or written by academic historians.
Students of history
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Mary's High School directly.