AS/A2 level

AS/A2 level

An A'level workshop at the Tower

Informative, interactive and entertaining learning workshops and study days for groups of A-level students at the Tower of London.

How to book

History workshops

Covering all relevant areas of the ORC, AQA, Edexcel and WJEC Eduqas A-level specifications, each 90-minute session includes a short lecture and a subject specific tour of the Tower of London. The sessions engage students through investigation of the built environment and analysis of documentary sources.

Available sessions:

History of Art workshops

Immerse students in the artistic legacies of the Tower of London and tailor make your own study day with our new range of sessions. Meet the needs of AS and A Level History of Art, History and Art and Design through experiential on-site learning and the application of exam technique.

Available sessions:


The Normans

(AL) The Normans

Charting the arrival and influence of the Normans in England, this session focuses on William the Conqueror's mighty fortress: the White Tower. Students will examine the Tower buildings and documentary evidence to consider the roles and importance of the White Tower in Norman England.

Normans: Teacher Notes (PDF)
A guide for teachers to use before visiting.

Medieval

(AL) Medieval

As a fortress, palace and prison, the Tower of London has been the centre of many key moments in history. Using relevant buildings on-site, students will investigate some of the key individuals and events of the Angevin period and will use the Tower of London as a case study to consider how the fortress can aid their understanding of the turbulent years of the Angevin period.

Medieval: Teacher Notes (PDF)
A guide for teachers to use before visiting.

Wars of the Roses and Henry VII

(AL) War of Roses

While the Wars of the Roses raged, the Tower of London was used as a symbol of legimate rule. Both Yorkists and Lancastrians were imprisoned and killed within its walls. With this in mind, students will examine the Tower buildings and documentary evidence to consider how the fortress can help suppport their understanding of the Wars of the Roses and the reign of Henry VII.

War of the Roses and Henry VII: Teacher Notes (PDF)
A guide for teachers to use before visiting.

Henry VIII

(AL) Henry VIII

The reign of Henry VIII saw cataclysmic changes for both church and nation. As a palace, a prison and a place of execution the Tower of London played a crucial role in re-shaping Henry's England. Students will examine the Tower buildings and documentary evidence to consider how the Tower of London can support their understanding of the reign of King Henry VIII.

Henry VIII Teacher Notes (PDF)
A guide for teachers to use before visiting.

Mid-Tudor Crisis

(AL) Mid Tudor Crisis

The Mid-Tudor period saw the stability of the monarchy thrown into question, and it was during this period that the Tower of London was most extensively used as a prison. Examining the Tower buildings and documentary evidence, students will be encouraged to consider how the Tower of London can be used to support their understanding of the Mid-Tudor crisis.

Mid-Tudor Crisis: Teacher Notes (PDF)
A guide for teachers to use before visiting.

Elizabeth I

(AL) Elizabeth I

As a princess, Elizabeth was sent to the Tower of London by her half-sister, Queen Mary I. In 1559, Elizabeth returned to the Tower under very different circumstances for her coronation. Students will examine the Tower buildings and documentary evidence in order to reflect on how the Tower of London can be used to support their understanding of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

Elizabeth: Teacher Notes (PDF)
A guide for teachers to use before visiting.

Civil War

(AL) Civil War

Charles I's reign ushered a long and bloody civil war between the King and Parliament. Once again the Tower was one of the King's most important assets. Londoners feared he would use it to dominate them but, in the end, the Tower was won by the Parliamentarians and it remained in their hands for the entire Civil War. Students will examine the Tower buildings and documentary evidence to consider how the Tower of London might be used to support their understanding of the Civil War.

Mondays and Tuesdays 
10.30-12.00 or 13.00-14.30

90 minutes

£12.35 per student

There is a 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.

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History and Art workshops

(AL) History of Art

Royal identities and religious art in situ 

  • Visit and explore the story behind the unique wall painting in the Byward Tower commissioned by Richard II in 1390
  • Discover how Richard II used art and portraiture to invigorate his public image as a powerful and devout king
  • Understand the links between patronage and identity
  • Learn about the development of International Gothic and illuminated manuscripts
  • Evaluate subject, genre and function of the wall painting in terms of religious, historical and social contexts
  • Make comparisons with contemporary examples of identity and patronage

Visual analysis: materials and symbols 

  • Learn about processes, techniques and effects of oil and tempera painting
  • Experiment with authentic materials of the 14th century
  • Visit the Medieval Palace to discover its materials, pattern and decoration
  • Explore the history of religious, secular and national symbols of the monarchy
  • Compare symbolism and materials in the Tower of London with examples beyond Europe

Architecture and experience 

  • Explore the features and function of Norman architecture at the Tower of London
  • Visit and analyse the features and effects of the medieval chapel in the White Tower
  • Analyse Gothic architecture in international and historical contexts
  • Evaluate the effects of secular and sacred architecture through an analysis of examples

Tuesdays and Thursdays
10.30-12.00 or 13.00-14.30

90 minutes

£12.35 per student

There is a 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.

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Partnership study days

We are pleased to also offer partnership study days with:

These sessions are based closely on AS and A2 level units. Subject areas range from the Normans through to the 17th century, and sessions are available on selected dates from November to March.

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