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History AS level at Chatham Grammar School for Girls

Course description

By exploring the significance of events, individuals, issues and societies in history the course aims to help students understand the nature of historical evidence and methods of research. Selected periods are studied and the skills to carry out research, acquire, analyse, evaluate and effectively communicate information in writing and orally are developed. Students are expected to have a love of reading. History is widely offered at universities, alone or in combination and provides a strong foundation for careers in law, business, journalism and the Civil Service.

Course content

Component 1: The Tudors: England, 1485 – 1603  Part One: Consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty: England, 1485-1547

Monarchy restored and enhanced, 1485 – 1529

•       Henry VII and the consolidation of power

•       Henry VII and the removal of threats to his power from within and outside his realm

•       Henry VIII: character, aims and image as Renaissance Prince

•       Wolsey as Principle Minister; domestic reforms

•       England’s relations with foreign powers

•       The condition of the Church: popular piety; anti-clericalism; leading critics of the Church


Revolution in Church and State, 1529-1547

•       Henry’s government and court: the causes of and influence of faction and rivalries; changes to government in Henry’s last years; the position of parliament

•       The Reformation, parliament and the establishment of Royal Supremacy

•       The course of religious changes at court and in the country

•       England’s relations with foreign powers

•       The condition of the Church by 1547 


Component 2:  France in Revolution, 1774 – 1815  Part One: The End of Absolutism and the French Revolution, 1774-1795

The Origins of the French Revolution, 1774-1789

•       Absolutism and the structure of the Ancient Regimes

•       The ideas and influences of the Enlightened philosophes

•       Financial problems and attempts at solutions

•       The state of France by the meeting of the Estates-General, May 1789


The Experiment in Constitutional Monarchy, 1789-1792

•       The revolution of May-October 1789

•       Attempts to establish constitutional monarchy and changes to the Church, local government and the courts

•       The coming and the impact of war

•       The sans culottes and collapse of the Legislative Assembly


The Emergence and Spread of the Terror, 1792-1795

•       The Republic and its problems

•       The execution of Louis XVI; rising in the Vendee and fall of Girondins

•       Wartime centralisation and the coming of Terror

•       The spread of the Terror and its collapse 

Entry requirements

All students must obtain five C grade passes at GCSE (a GNVQ qualification will also be considered). You may study History at A level even if you did not study it at GCSE. We would expect students to have achieved a B grade at GCSE in History or English Literature if History is not taken at GCSE.

It is essential that students show a willingness to read beyond the course textbooks. 

Future opportunities

Career routes: foundation for careers like journalism, law, civil service, business, personnel work, accountancy.

University Courses: Law, History, Politics, Media related. History combines well with Maths and Science subjects to create an attractive portfolio of qualifications, enabling a student to move onto a university science – based course. Combined with English and a modern foreign language it would provide a good basis for an arts or languages based degree.

Other benefits: We aim to produce articulate and cultured students.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chatham Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September