History Tudors and American Civil War

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.

A Level History is an engaging subject that will build your understanding of the world around you and equip you with skill that are highly prized by both Universities and employers. You will evaluate sources and opinions; construct arguments and judgements as well as building literacy and debating skills.

This is one of two versions of A Level History we offer (the other includes Russia and Modern Britain) you can do either of these alongside Ancient History.

Unit 1C: 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.

Unit 2J: 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?

Study Visits

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


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


Unit 1C (Tudor England: 1485-1603): 1 exam, comprised of 3 essays (2 hours 30 minutes)

Unit 2J (The American Civil War: A Nation Divided 1845–1877): 1 exam, comprised of 3 essays (2 hours 30 minutes)

NEA (Coursework): 1 piece of coursework (4000-4500 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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Flying start

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Early Modern History Flying Start 2021

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Course Overview

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Later Modern History Course Overview

Early Modern History Course Overview