York College

Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance. Students must have achieved a grade 5 in either History (if studied), English Language, or Religious Studies.


Two years.

What will I study?

History has rightly been described as an ‘argument without end'. It offers no fixed answers but some insight into what it is to be a human being and real training in logical thought, data-handling and the attractive expression of ideas. It is also great fun.

Year One

Paper 1: England, authority, nation and religion 1509–1603

Our focus will be on the important political, social and economic features of Tudor England from the accession of Henry VIII in 1509 to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603. Students will study the concept of continuity and change over time using historical interpretations of the past.

Paper 2: Luther and the German Reformation, c1515–55

We will study in depth Luther’s challenge to the Catholic Church, the development of a separate Lutheran Church within the German states, and the response of Empire and the papacy to this challenge to 1555. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of Luther’s religious protests and the involvement of secular and religious leaders in driving, and resisting, religious and political change in the German states in this period.

Year Two

Paper 3: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII, 1399-1509

This option comprises two parts: the aspects in breadth focus on long-term changes and contextualise the aspects in depth, which focus in detail on key episodes.


The coursework module focuses on how events in the past have been interpreted by different historians. It develops the skills of analysis and evaluation, based on a question surrounding a key area of historical debate of your choice.

Together, the breadth and depth topics explore the dramatic developments in late medieval England that centred around the personalities and political skills of a series of kings, queens and their powerful subjects, and the impact of these developments on the kingdom. Within the primarily political focus on the nature of kingship and authority in England, this option also explores the wider social and economic contexts of political struggle.

How will I be assessed?

Both Modern and Late Medieval and Early Modern History use the Edexcel specification. They cannot be taken together. They are both assessed as follows:

Year One

  • Paper 1 - An examination of 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Paper 2 - An examination of 1 hour 30 minutes

Year Two

  • Paper 3 - An examination of 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Paper 4 – Coursework

Preliminary reading

  • The Tudors: A Very Short Introduction by John Guy
  • The Reformation: A Very Short Introduction by Peter Marshal

Good course combinations

This course works well with English courses, Law, Sociology and Politics.

What could it lead to?

You should consider studying A Level History if you intend to take a degree in History or a closely related subject such as Politics or follow a course in higher education for which history is a suitable preparation (such as law). Past students have gone on to careers in law, teaching, business and politics.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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