Overview

What is the course about?

The course explores the causes and impact of new religious and secular ideas in Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It investigates the witch craze in England, Europe and North America up to the eighteenth century. It also studies the rise and fall of royal power and changes in religion in early modern English society, and the emergence of the Nation State. By studying History you learn about influential people and events in the past that have shaped the world in important ways, as well as the political and cultural ideas and religious beliefs that have shaped their decisions and actions.

What will I study in the first year?

The reign of Henry VIII and his children, Edward, Mary and Elizabeth. You will also look in depth at the causes of the German Reformation, the ideas of Luther and expansion of Lutheranism, 1517-1555.

What will I study in the second year?

The witch craze in Britain, Europe and North America, c1580–c1750, considering the reasons for widespread belief in witches and the nature of witchcraft accusations.

For coursework you will research interpretations on Oliver Cromwell, who helped make England a Republic and ruled as Lord Protector from 1653 to 1658 after the execution of King Charles I.

How is the course assessed?

Assessment is 80% by examination and 20% coursework, which is written in the second year.

What skills will I need and develop in this course?

A wide range of skills are developed during the study of history including processing and analysing information, evaluating evidence, research and investigation. You will learn to argue effectively and intelligently, while empathising with and understanding the context of the lives of people in the past. You also learn about how to find things out and how to evaluate and criticise arguments, interpretations and ideas.

Careers

​What can the course lead to in terms of higher education and future careers?

History is excellent preparation for a large variety of degree courses, including History, Law, English, and Politics. A very wide range of career options are open to history students including Journalism and the Media, Publishing, the Civil Service, Local Government, Education, Business (manufacturing, retailing and other services), the Armed Forces and many other opportunities. Studying history broadens the mind and gives you valuable research, communication and analytical skills which employers and universities really value.

Entry Requirements

​What are the formal entry requirements for this course?

Aside from the general entry criteria that the College requires, you will also need to achieve at least a Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and a grade C in History.

You may still be accepted if you did not study History for GCSE provided you can show evidence of good academic achievement in other subjects.

Extra Support

​What extra support / enrichment activities are on offer?

There are opportunities for workshops at Hampton Court and London conference and museum visits. We are also investigating a possible trip connected with the Witch Craze, either in Lancashire or abroad.

Subject combination advice

​Subject combination advice:

History is a firm foundation for many academic courses and career choices. Due to its strong academic base and broad skills, it works with many subjects. There are no prohibited combinations, but it combines particularly well with English, Politics, Economics, Classics, Philosophy, Sociology and Modern Languages.