History (Early Modern) Tudors, Stuarts & Louis XIV

What does the course involve?

Two key periods in Britain and France, focusing on rulers, their personalities and impact. We look at the reigns of the Tudor family between 1485 and 1603 and the interesting personalities of Henry VIII and his six wives, and Elizabeth I, the first effective female ruler of England. The other taught unit covers the reign of the larger-than-life figure of Louis XIV who built the enormous palace of Versailles, called himself the Sun King and tried to dominate western Europe. We explore how he tried to dominate his country completely, setting the model for later dictators like Hitler and Stalin and why he never fully succeeded. For the coursework component we examine change over the Stuart period (1603-1714) when Britain turned from four kingdoms into one and was a watershed in the change from being ruled by monarchs to being ruled by representatives of the people. Outside of the classroom we have a joint trip with Government and Politics students to the Houses of Parliament in London each year.

Course Outline

In Early Modern History we use a mix of traditional and more interactive teaching methods, such as class discussions, debates, presentations, independent research and investigations, use of media, group work and trips. We have a joint trip with Government and Politics students to the Houses of Parliament in London each year. We give students the opportunity to attend external lectures which will enrich your learning, as well as inviting speakers into college.

Course Components:

The course is assessed through two exams at the end of year 2 (40% each), as well as coursework (20%).

Coursework 20%
20% of the course is based on coursework. This is an independent historical investigation which we do at the end of year 1 and start of year 2.

Examination 80%
80% of the course is based on exams in the summer of year 2. (Exam Board AQA)

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including Maths, with at least two at grade 6 including English. You do not need to have studied GCSE History, but if you have, you should have at least grade 6.


History is highly regarded by universities and employers because of the broad range of skills required to be successful in the subject. History can lead directly into careers in teaching, archival work, the heritage industry and journalism. It also has benefits for any job requiring the ability to write effectively or to research and process information in order to develop logical plans.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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