WHY STUDY MEDIEVAL HISTORY?
“As part of the ethos of this school, pupils should study a subject because of their love for that subject. If they love History, they will love studying it for A levels.
As a history department we take pride in the fact that all our teachers are experts in the topics they teach, and we work very hard to ensure we are up to date with all the details of the assessment for each exam. For example Mr Tamizian and I are both trained examiners for our chosen exam board, OCR. Finally, studying history is very highly regarded by top universities and our chosen topics aim to prepare pupils for further study”.
Louis Everett, Head of History
“A background in Medieval history would suit a student who has a deep-rooted fascination in the past and who is thinking about pursuing history at university, but it would also be excellent preparation for those seeking to study philosophy, religion, English literature and many other disciplines in the arts and humanities”
ABOUT THE COURSE
The medieval world can appear at once both so remote and yet strangely familiar. This was a world in which men and women volunteered to take part in religious wars; a world in which large groups of people made perilous journeys across the seas in search of a better life. It was also a world in which royal dynasties vied for political power and in which warfare and violence were regular experiences for the rulers and the ruled. This course ranges broadly across the Middle Ages, taking in early, high and later medieval history, and providing you with an overview of one of the most interesting periods in history. This course cannot be combined with the A-level in Modern History, but can be combined with Classical Civilisation. Taking this course alongside A-level Latin creates numerous opportunities to explore original texts from the period. This course would suit a student who has a deeprooted fascination in the past and who is thinking about pursuing history at university, but it would also be excellent preparation for those seeking to study philosophy, religion, English literature and many other disciplines in the arts and humanities.
EXAMINATION BOARD OCR (H505)
Unit 1 England 1445-1509: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII (with Wars of the Roses 1445-1461)
Unit 2 The Crusades and the Crusader States 1095-1192
Unit 3 The Viking Age c.790-1066
Unit 4 Independent Study