Level 3

Qualification: A Level

Duration: 2 years

What will I study?


At TRC we offer two different routes in A Level History both are from AQA and meet the A level requirements of studying over 200 years across the 3 units. You simply need to decide which option would best suit you.


You will be studying a wide range of material, looking at different countries and time periods. This will help you gain a wide-ranging knowledge of history with English, American and European aspects to the course. You will study a very varied time period from Tudor England to events during World War 2. The course will also offer the opportunity to study the American Civil War along with its causes and consequences.

This is a fascinating part of American history and with huge significance, most notably with the ending of slavery.

Tudor England 1485–1603

You will study the whole of the Tudor dynasty from Henry VII through to Elizabeth. This is a key period in England’s development with religious upheaval, unrest and rebellion and the establishment of England as a significant power. The course will also look at fascinating individuals such as Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I along with all the scandal and intrigue at court. The unit is assessed by examination.

The American Civil War: A Nation Divided 1845–1877

This unit looks at the causes, event and consequences of one of the most significant conflicts of the modern world. More American soldiers died in the Civil War than in all other conflicts America has been involved in added together. The United States divided over issues such as slavery, taxes and States’ rights and fought a 4 year war that changed
America forever. The unit includes looking at the ending of slavery, the presidency of Lincoln, the failure of compromise and the attempts to heal the divisions once the war ended. The unit is assessed by examination.

Coursework: Causes of and Responsibility for the Holocaust

This coursework unit will involve investigating the causes of one of, if not the most infamous events in human history.

Through the study of documents from the time and the views of historians you will carry out a detailed investigation into the key themes. You will study the arguments about when the Nazis took the decision to carry out the ‘Final Solution’ and also the controversy over who should be held responsible. Should the blame lie solely with Hitler, the SS, or the German people as
a whole?



You will be studying a wide range of material, looking at different countries and time periods. This will help you gain a wide ranging knowledge of history with English and European aspects to the course. You will be studying Tsarist and Communist Russia looking at the collapse of the Tsarist regime, the creation of Communist Russia including the terror of Stalin’s regime,
the impact of World War II on Russia and De-Stalinisiation. In unit 2 you will look at the making of modern Britain going from Churchill’s post-World War II government through to the government of Blair and the Iraq war looking at political, economic and social change.

In the coursework you will examine rebellions against the Tudor Monarchs, their causes and how dangerous they were to Tudor rule.

Tsarist and Communist Russia

This is a breadth study in which you will look at the themes of political authority, opposition, development of the economy, social and cultural change, the importance of ideas and ideologies such as communism and the importance of key individuals and groups. Russia goes through enormous change in this period moving from an economically backwards nation that had
been defeated in the Crimean War to an industrial superpower, from a traditional autocratic country to the world’s first Communist Country. There is also some continuity with Stalin often referred to as the Red Tsar and the Russian people being subject to brutal regimes.

Making of Modern Britain

In this unit you are essentially studying the development of Britain from the aftermath of World War II up until the modern day. In this time period Britain’s position in the world changes dramatically as the age of Empire ends, Britain goes through economic upheaval, goes through enormous social change, sees several shifts in political ideology and emerges as
the world you know. This unit will give you a deep understanding of the modern world and Britain’s place in it.

Tudor Rebellions

In your coursework you will examine rebellions against Tudor monarchs across a period of over 100 years. Starting with Henry VII’s struggles against Yorkist Pretenders; through the Pilgrimage of Grace against Henry VIII’s religious changes; onto the crisis year of 1549 when young Edward VI faced two rebellions; onto an attempt to prevent Mary I marrying Philip II
of Spain and finally on to Catholic Plots and attempts to overthrow Elizabeth I. You will look at the causes and consequences of these rebellions.


Study Visits

A number of day and half-day visits to be confirmed.


Students are advised to buy a textbook. Otherwise minimal costs.


2 exams (AQA 7042/1C and 7042/2J) and a piece of coursework 3000-4000 words.

Entry Criteria

Grade 5 English. Grade 4 in History (if taken).

Useful Supporting Courses

English Literature/ English Language, Law, Economics, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Modern Foreign Languages.


Lawyers, Company Managers, Banking and Finance, Museum Education Officer, Archaeologist, Heritage Manager.

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Culture Vulture

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History Culture Vulture

Flying start

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Early Modern History Flying Start 2021

Later Modern History Flying Start 2021

Course Overview

Follow the link to see an introduction to the course, identifying what you will study with us in the first few months and what you might already know.

Later Modern History Course Overview

Early Modern History Course Overview