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What was the driving force of the English Reformation?

about this session

Key stage 5 | Subject: History | Topics: Tudors | Session type: Depth study

True believer or fickle opportunist? Can the buildings of Hampton Court Palace offer insight into the choices and influences of King Henry VIII?

In this session students will analyse Henry’s own personal faith, the rollercoaster of shifting dogma and the people who held different sway over the King's decisions.

Through a study of both the physical evidence of King Henry VIII's palace and contemporary documentary sources, students will evaluate the factors that would determine the course of England's faith for centuries to come.

Exam board links
This session has been designed to complement the study of the English Reformation, and particularly the following exam boards:

  • AQA, Unit 1C: The Tudors: England, 1485–1603 Part One
  • AQA Unit 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, period study (AS): Government, Rebellion and Society in Wales and England c.1485-1603.
  • WJEC, Unit 2, depth study (AS): The Mid Tudor Crisis in Wales and England c.1529-1570 Part 1: problems, threats and challenges c.1529-1553.
  • WJEC, Unit 3, breadth study (A2): Poverty, protest and rebellion in Wales and England, c.1485-1603.
  • WJEC, Unit 4, depth study (A2): The Mid Tudor Crisis in Wales and England c.1529-1570, Part 2: Challenges facing Mary and Elizabeth c.1553-1570.

Booking Information

Wednesday - Friday
10:30, 13:00

Schools only Tuesdays
Tuesday 27 February
Tuesday 19 March
Tuesday 21 May
Tuesday 25 June
Tuesday 9 July

90 minutes

Up to 25 students

£110 per session plus £4.10 per student admission

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