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History – Early Modern – A Level


Level 3



Type of study

School Leavers




2 Years

In A Level History (Early Modern)You will explore the key religious and political and societal changes that emerged within early-modern period – 1500 – 1700, with particular focus on Europe, and the impact of the rise in Protestantism. You will study the Tudor dynasty; with consideration of the extent to which individual monarchs shaped religious, political and social change between 1509-1603. You will also study the Dutch Revolt; a period of vital religious and social upheaval in Europe at the end of the sixteenth and into the seventeenth century. Finally, in the second year, you will study the witch craze 1580-1750; largely focusing on those that occurred in England, but also in Europe and America.  

Five GCSEs at grade 9–4, including a minimum grade 4 in English language


You will learn about:

England, 1509-1603: authority, nation and religion 

The Dutch Revolt, 1563-1609 

The ‘Witch craze’ in Britain, Europe and North America, 1580-1750 


There will be ongoing class based assessment through regular essay writing. Exams at the end of Year 1 to progress to Year 2 and final A level Exams in the end of your second year.   


This subject gives you desirable transferable skills which will benefit you in a variety of degree options, and could lead to careers in teaching, journalism, research, archaeology or the heritage industry as well as law and the civil service. Your ability to analyse information will make you a good candidate for MI5 and MI6 

You will go on various trips through your course, including: Hampton Court


You will be taught in our Andover Sixth building and will have access to many different facilities, including: 2 study centres, a Library, A canteen and the Careers Hub.