AS/A2 level

AS/A2 level

A level students

Sessions for A-level students at Hampton Court Palace

Available programmes include history workshops, and study days in association with The National Archives. 

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History workshops at Hampton Court Palace

Covering all the relevant areas of the OCR, AQA, Edexcel and WJEC Eduqas A-level specifications, each session includes an in-depth tour of Hampton Court Palace and analysis of other relevant sources.

Please note that if you book an A-level session with us all students will be given a copy of the source booklet relevant to your area of study.


Available sessions: 

Joint Study Days with the National Archives


The rise and fall of Thomas Wolsey

(AL) Wolsey Rise and Fall
  • The rise and fall of Thomas WolseyAQA Unit 1C The Tudors: England, 1485–1603 part one
  • Edexcel Unit 1B England, 1509–1603: authority, nation and religion
  • OCR Unit 1 Y106 England, 1485–1558: the Early Tudors (Enquiry topic: Mid Tudor Crises 1547–1558)
  • WJEC Unit 3 (A2): Poverty, protest and rebellion in Wales and England, c.1485-1603 - The Mid Tudor crisis in Wales and England c.1529-1570 Unit 2 (AS): Part 1: Problems, threats and challenges c.1529-1553 Unit 4 (A2): Part 2: Challenges facing Mary and Elizabeth c.1553-1570

This 90 minute session utilises evidence from relevant buildings at Hampton Court Palace supported by primary written evidence to explore and deconstruct the key factors that contributed to Thomas Wolsey’s spectacular fall from the highest echelons of power.

The written sources show contemporary opinions of Wolsey, how the Cardinal presented himself both through his buildings and his clothes, and his relationship with King Henry VIII. The sources can be used to explain why Wolsey was able to rise so high, and why ultimately, he fell from grace.

When: Wednesday to Friday, 10.30-12.00 or 13.00-14.30
Duration: 90 minutes
Price: £12.35 per student

Maximum of 35 students per time slot. If you plan to bring 12 students or fewer a minimum price of £148 will be charged for your group

Resources

The rise and fall of Thomas Wolsey: Teacher Notes

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What was the driving force of the Reformation?

(AL) English Reformation
  • Henry VIII and the church of EnglandAQA Unit 1C The Tudors: England, 1485–1603 part one; 2D Religious conflict and the Church in England, c1529–c1570
  • Edexcel Unit 1B England, 1509–1603: authority, nation and religion
  • OCR Unit 1 Y106 England, 1485–1558: the Early Tudors (Enquiry topic: Mid Tudor Crises 1547–1558
  • WJEC Unit 1 (AS) option 1 Government, Rebellion and Society in Wales and England c.1485-1603; Unit 2 (AS)- option 1 The Mid Tudor Crisis in Wales and England c.1529-1570 Part 1: problems, threats and challenges c.1529-1553 Unit 4 (A2): Part 2: Challenges facing Mary and Elizabeth c.1553-1570

This 90 minute session explores Hampton Court Palace and primary written evidence to discuss the different driving forces behind the English Reformation.

The written sources examine the wealth of the Roman Catholic Church, Henry's desire for an heir, his infatuation with Anne Boleyn, and his belief that he was appointed by God to care for his people's souls. Some of the sources can also be used to discuss who was in control of events during the Reformation years - was it Henry himself or was he swayed and persuaded by those close to him? 

When: Wednesday to Friday, 10.30-12.00 or 13.00-14.30
Duration: 90 minutes
Price: £12.35 per student

Maximum of 35 students per time slot. If you plan to bring 12 students or fewer a minimum price of £148 will be charged for your group

Resources

What was the driving force of the reformation?: Teacher Notes

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Mid-Tudor crisis?

(AL) Mid Tudor Crisis

How stable was the monarchy

  • AQA Unit 1C The Tudors: England, 1485–1603 part two
  • Edexcel Unit 1B England, 1509–1603: authority, nation and religion
  • OCR Unit 1 Y106 England, 1485–1558: the Early Tudors (Enquiry topic: Mid-Tudor Crises 1547–1558)
  • OCR Y107 England 1547–1603: The Later Tudors (Enquiry topic: Mid Tudor Crises 1547–1558)
  • WJEC Unit 3 (A2): Poverty, protest and rebellion in Wales and England, c.1485-1603
  • WJEC The Mid-Tudor crisis in Wales and England c.1529-1570 Unit 2 (AS): part 1: problems, threats and challenges c.1529-1553 Unit 4 (A2): part 2: Challenges facing Mary and Elizabeth c.1553-1570


During this 90 minute session, students investigate four important historic events which happened at Hampton Court Palace during the Mid-Tudor period, exploring them in detail through primary written evidence to decide what each tells us about the nature of power at the time. Students are then taken on a tour of the palace to see how Henry VIII’s children, Edward, Mary and Elizabeth used Hampton Court differently to their father and what we can deduce from this about their respective reigns.

When: Wednesday to Friday, 10.30-12.00 or 13.00-14.30
Duration: 
90 minutes
Price: 
£12.35 per student

Maximum of 35 students per time slot. If you plan to bring 12 students or fewer a minimum price of £148 will be charged for your group

Resources

A Mid-Tudor Crisis: Teacher Notes

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Joint Study Day with the National Archives

Crisis in the reign of Mary I?

(AL) Crisis in the reign of Mary I

A level students

  • AQA Unit 1C The Tudors: England, 1485–1603 part two
  • Edexcel Unit 1B England, 1509–1603: authority, nation and religion
  • OCR Unit 1 Y107 England, 1547–1603: the Later Tudors (Enquiry topic: Mid Tudor Crises 1547–1558) OCR Y106 England, 1485–1558: the Early Tudors (Enquiry topic: Mid Tudor Crises 1547–1558)
  • WJEC Unit 3 (A2): Poverty, protest and rebellion in Wales and England, c.1485-1603. The Mid Tudor crisis in Wales and England c.1529-1570 Unit 2 (AS): part 1: problems, threats and challenges c.1529-1553; Unit 4 (A2): part 2: Challenges facing Mary and Elizabeth c.1553-1570

At the National Archives students investigate original documents that uncover the real state of the nation during the reign of Mary I and debate whether or not the country was truly in crisis. At Hampton Court Palace those arguments are put to the ultimate test as students take on the role of Mary's councillors and get to put their questions and concerns to Mary I in person!

Duration: 10.00-12.00 (The National Archives); 13.15-15.15 (Hampton Court Palace)

Dates available for 2016/17: 

Friday 3 March

Friday 24 March

Friday 9 June 

Price: £11.35 per pupil 

Minimum 13 students.  If you plan to bring fewer than 13 students, a minimum price of £148 will be charged for your group

Minimum 2 adults per group.
Parking is available at both sites.

Resources

Crisis in the Reign of Mary I: Teacher Notes

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