Why Should You Take This Course?
The course explores some of the most significant events of the Middle Ages in England, Europe and Asia.
Unit 1 - The Crusades: 1071 to 1149 - this course explores the origins and development of the Crusades in the context of the struggles of the Byzantine Empire and the expansion of Islam in the eleventh century.
Unit 2 - The Angevins, the reign of Henry II: 1154 to 1189 - students will be required to investigate the problems confronting England in 1154 after 20 years of civil war and the reasons behind the subsequent revival of Royal Power under Henry II.
Unit 1 - The Crusades: 1149 to 1204 - students will examine the revival of Muslim power under Saladin alongside the growing internal crisis within the Crusader states that produced the catastrophic defeat of the Army of Jerusalem at Hattin in 1187 and the subsequent fall of Jerusalem to Saladin. The Christian reaction will then be reviewed including the limited achievements of the Third Crusade, despite the charismatic leadership of Richard ‘the Lionheart'. Finally, students will consider the graphic demonstration of the perversion and confusion of the crusading ideal as represented by the Fourth Crusade and the infamous sacking of Constantinople.
Unit 2 - The Angevins, the reigns Richard I and John I: 1189 to 1216 -The decline of the Angevin Empire and the full flowering of an ‘Angevin depotism' form the backdrop to the study of Richard I and his brother John. The impact of Richard's prolonged absence on Royal government along with the costly war with France are examined in detail. Finally, the unit examines 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?
Two exams, each 2 hours 30 minutes, at the end of the year on both years' studies.
What could I do next?
You will gain a complete A Level in History following the successful completion of the second year.
This course is a well-respected qualification for any university and an exciting new opportunity for you.
If you wish to apply for 2020-2021 academic year, please complete the online application form.