History - Early Modern A Level at Varndean College
Taking Early Modern History enables you to investigate some of the most dramatic events, issues and personalities from European and British history. The course focuses on the 16th and 17th centuries - a period of great change and conflict.
In Year 1 we will develop a detailed understanding of the 17th Century revolution in Britain by focusing on Charles 1st and the origins and course of the Civil Wars, as well as perhaps the most controversial period in our history - our period as a republic under Oliver Cromwell and the restoration of the monarchy under Charles 2nd. You will also trace the theme of revolution through to 18th Century France.
In the second year you will investigate the phenomenon of the witch hunts in Europe and North America. To what extent was this the result of religious changes during the Reformation and why were the majority of victims women, and why did the hunts come to an end?
- The causes of the Civil Wars and the character of Charles 1st
- The growth of political and social radicalism e.g. the levellers
- From Cromwell and the Republic to the Restoration
- How transformative was the French revolution?
- Why did a new French constitution emerge?
- The theological causes of the witch craze – why did people believe in witches?
- The variation in witch persecution between different countries
- How historians interpret the causes of the witch craze
- Coursework: You choose either a question derived from one of the exam topics (Modern or Early Modern) or choose a completely new topic on the Renaissance or causes of the American Civil War. The choice is yours.
Standard advanced course requirements.
80% exam, 20% coursework
Many students go on to degree courses in History, Politics, International Relations and Law. This subject provides useful skills and a recognised academic qualification for a variety of careers
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Varndean College directly.