Early Modern History (1485-1799)

This course is for you if you are a keen historian and avid reader. It goes slightly further back in time to satisfy your thirst for knowledge. If you feel that you need a wider historical experience after having studied a lot of twentieth century history in school, then this could be the course that you are looking for.

  • Course Type School Leaver
  • Subject Area Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Qualification A Level 🧩
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Course Length 2 years

This course can be combined with A Levels or BTEC Certificates. You will take an AS Level in the first year of this course.

History is an academically challenging subject that rewards those who put the most into it. You have the chance to choose between two different courses depending on your interests. Either course provides you with a range of interesting and challenging material for you to study.

This course is ideal if you enjoy finding out about how and why historical events happen and what the consequences of these events are. Lessons are suited to those who enjoy debating and developing arguments about historical issues.

The final A Level qualification will be achieved by completing three examinations at the end of the two year course following completion of coursework. All learners are given the opportunity to also gain an AS Level at the end of their first year to help you to know that this is the right course for you.

What topics will I study?

  • Britain 1625-1701: Conflict Revolution and Settlement
  • France in Revolution, 1774-99
  • Rebellion and Disorder under the Tudors, 1485-1603
  • Side taking in the English Civil War (coursework)

You will:

  • Cover units on topics such as Britain (1625-1701) conflict, revolution and settlement, France in revolution (1774-1799), rebellion and disorder under the Tudors (1485-1603)
  • Develop skills of research and show evidence of written arguments through independent research
  • Attend guest lectures
  • Read widely and learn through research and discussion, as well as in lectures

This course goes particularly well with Politics, Classics, English Literature, Sociology and Law.

Next steps: This course is excellent preparation for a History degree.

Entry Requirements

Eight GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English Language and Maths).


Subject bespoke Learning Resource Centre support, compute suite and iPads for research, lecture theatre.

Additional Costs

There are some costs of materials and resources.

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