Why Should You Take This Course?
History provides the fundamental framework for all our actions, both as individuals and as members of the wider community. You will deal with reading, research, source analysis and essay writing.
First Year: Unit 1 - The Crusades: 1071 to 1149 - Explore the origins and development of the Crusades. The motives for the First Crusade and the reasons why so many people responded to the Pope's appeal along with the reasons for the astonishing success of the First Crusade against the odds. The study will also examine the nature of the Crusader States that were established after 1099 and their often uneasy relationships with each other and the Byzantine Empire as well as their relations with the Muslim leaders on their frontiers. The Second Crusade, causes, events and consequences.
Unit 2 - The Angevins, the reign of Henry II: 1154 to 1189 - Explore the reasons behind the revival of Royal Power under Henry II after the civil war, these will be examined along with the question of a so-called Angevin Despotism. The impact of Henry II's ambitions on the Law and the Church, leading to the Martyrdom of Thomas Becket will be explored as well as the consequences of Angevin rule for Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
Second Year: Unit 1 - The Crusades: 1071 to 1204 - Building upon your studies in your first year, you will additionally study - The reasons behind the failure of the Second Crusade and the revival of Muslim power under Saladin along with the fall of Jerusalem in 1187. The limited achievements of the Third Crusade, despite the leadership of Richard ‘the Lionheart', and the infamous sacking of Constantinople complete the studies for this unit.
Unit 2 - The Angevins, the reigns of Henry II, Richard I and John I: 1154 to 1216 - Building upon year one content, you will additionally study - The impact of Richard's prolonged absence on Royal government along with the costly war with France. Examine the controversial reign of King John and the reasons for the loss of Normandy and his deteriorating relationship with the English nobility to the point of the civil war and the drawing up of Magna Carta.
Unit 3 - coursework - involves the student preparing an individual study based on an aspect of Historical Study drawn from a wide range of choices including: Marian Reforms, the Hundred Years War, Tudor Rebellions and the Rise of the British Empire prior to 1857.
How will I be assessed?
There will be two exams, each 2 hours 30 minutes.
Are there any special expenses?
Students are advised to purchase some books to supplement supplied text books.
What could I do next?
History is a popular subject for Higher Education and the transferable skills it cultivates are applicable to a wide variety of careers, including Banking, Journalism and the Civil Service.