History Medieval

Doomed to repeat or inspiration for the future? 

Why study Medieval History? 

Through Medieval History, you will learn to appreciate and weigh up different points of view, examine the impact of decisions and explore an individual’s motivations. Common to each of our History courses are narratives that are full of intrigue, heroism, conflict and struggle. You will investigate some of the greatest personalities and events of the past. Each of these topics illuminates the present whilst being fascinating in their own right. 

A-level History is achievable through either the Medieval History route or the Modern History route and therefore you cannot study both Medieval and Modern History. 


History 2

Matt, Elaine, Phil (Head of Humanities), Silvia and Mel - History Department

What will I study?

The Crusades: 1071 – 1204.

In this module we examine the politics, warfare, society and economics of 12th and 13th century Europe and the Middle East. Why was Jerusalem so important to some western Europeans and eastern Muslims? What linked the Byzantine Empire to the Roman Empire? How powerful was the Papacy in medieval Europe? How does a broadsword actually work? How did Venice effectively become a medieval multinational?  

Angevin Kings: 1154 – 1216. 

We begin with Henry II in 1154. We then examine the famous Richard the Lionheart, does Richard deserve his historical reputation? Did Richard neglect his duties so much that he made it difficult for his successors? Finally, we look at the reign of John, a notorious king often used as the epitome of a bad king. But was John really that bad?  

How will I be assessed & which exam board?


Two 2 hour and 30 min exams worth 40% each and a piece of coursework worth 20%. 

Where could it take me?

Students have gone on to a variety of reputable universities such as Oxbridge and other Russell Group Universities. A-level History could lead you to studying subjects such as law, archaeology, social anthropology, and international relations. Others have gone on to apprenticeships for the civil service or into the armed forces. 

Careers include academic researcher, archaeologist, teacher, politician, and solicitor. 

Subject combinations

A-level History goes well with Geography, Law, Politics, all English courses, Sociology, Philosophy and Religion, and Economics.  

What support is available?

We are a department that prides itself on the support that we offer. We do one-to-one tutorials, group revision sessions, exam and study skill workshops, and have a variety of online and hardcopy resources to help students with essays and revision. 

What extracurricular activity is available?

The history department is very proud of its enrichment opportunities. There is a student led History Society which is for anyone interested in the subject. The society puts on debates, quizzes, re-enactment events, films, memorial events, and produces a termly History Magazine. We have also put on trips to Russia, London, Washington D.C. and Rome. 

Did you know?

11 of the 31 Oxbridge offers to students in 2021 are students that studied A-level History. 

You can study Ancient History and the Medieval History course.