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We hope you are looking forward to joining us in September to study A level History.

We follow the OCR specification, which can be found here

I will be teaching you for part of the A Level History course. We will be studying Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest.

You will be studying the 16th and 17th centuries looking at Charles V, Popular culture and the Witch-craze with Dr Campbell and Mrs Wood. 

The tasks on this page will help you to prepare for both parts of your history course.

However, you should also try to broaden your knowledge of the social, religious and political context of the periods that you are about to study; hence the other options. Do not buy all the books, they are available cheaply second hand or on Kindle unlimited. The videos are all on You-Tube

Mrs Davies

  1. Preparation History Work - Anglo - Saxon
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  2. Prepare for A Level History - Competitions and Further Resources
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  3. Meanwhile elsewhere - Jamestown (2)
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  4. Meanwhile elsewhere - Peasants' War (2)
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  5. Meanwhile elsewhere Malleus Maleficarum (1)
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  6. Meanwhile elsewhere Persecution of Cats (002)
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  7. Meanwhile elsewhere Roanoke (2)
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  8. Meanwhile, elsewhere Suleiman the magnificent (2)
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  9. Witch-Hunting in Scotland (002)
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Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest

OCR A Level Early Medieval England 871 - 1107 by Andrew Holland and Nicholas Fellows

The Norman Conquest by George Garnett

Anglo - Saxon Chronicles by Michael Swanton

The Anglo - Saxon Age by John Blair

Charles V, Popular culture and the Witch-craze

The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch

The Dark Monk by Oliver Potzsch

The Beggar King by Oliver Potzsch

The Poisoned Pilgrim by Oliver Potzsch

Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant

The Crucible  by Arthur Miller


Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest

The Normans – Men from the North

BBC Teach videos on the Norman Conquest

BBC ‘Castle’ Episode 1

Charles V, Popular culture and the Witch-craze


Colonial House

The Crucible

Crash Course History – video lessons about Luther, Witch-craft, and the 17th Century.


Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest

Podcasts from Radio 4’s ‘In Our Time’ to broaden your knowledge.


Charles V, Popular culture and the Witch-craze

In our time – Podcasts about the development of printing and the Salem Witch Trials.

Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest

These links to the British Museum and Library refer to useful articles


Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest

Everyone should read the extract from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle that can be found in Related Documents below and do the short tasks.

Extra Curricular

This is some information about an extra-curricular possibility, although we cannot guarantee that this trip will take place this November (but we hope it will!)

With Mrs Davies, you will also have opportunities that are not connected directly to the course. One of these is the opportunity to visit Auschwitz Birkenau with the Holocaust Education Trust, in November. If you think this is something you might be interested in, you will need to write a letter explaining why you should be chosen to go and how you would bring what you learn back into school. The letter shouldn’t be more than 500 words long. Mrs Davies will remind you about this in September and give you some time to think about it, but you might wish to spend some time over the summer putting together your ideas.


Charles V, Popular culture and the Witch-craze

Everyone should also watch the four crash Course History videos and complete the six ‘Meanwhile, Elsewhere’ research activities for Dr Campbell and Mrs Wood

Meanwhile Elsewhere

Print out and complete these  research tasks to find out about the world that you will be studying. These can also be found in the Related Documents section below.

Competitions and Further Resources

Please download the further resources information in Related Documents below for competition details and resources.