Can AQA ask a thematic question in the upcoming History Alevel paper on the Tudors? Watch

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My history a level breadth study paper is coming up next Friday and I'm well into my revision. When we've been doing our revision at school, our History teacher has been trying to prepare us for if the exam board ask us a "thematic questions" based over the entire range of monarch throughout the period (eg. "The power of the monarch's over the tudor period was more theoretical than tangiable, very little actually changed- How far do you agree?" to help us prepare for the essay questions which might come up in Section B.

As you can imagine these questions are a nightmare as there is so much to discuss and really difficult to actually answer the question. So I looked at the scheme of assessment on the AQA website and it says:

Section B will contain three essay questions of which students are required to answer two. Each essay tests AO1 and is designed to test historical understanding over a broad chronology of approximately 20 years.....

In order to ensure that students demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the breadth component over the whole period, the balance of questions on the breadth paper will be as follows:
  • Where the compulsory question is based on Part 1 of the content, Section B will contain one essay on Part 1 of the content, or one which overlaps Parts 1 and 2 and two questions on Part 2 of the content.
  • Where the compulsory question is based on Part 2 of the content, Section B will contain one essay on Part 2 of the content, or one which overlaps Parts 1 and 2 and two questions on Part 1 of the content.
  • Where the compulsory question overlaps Parts 1 and 2 of the content, Section B will contain one question on Part 1 of the content, one question on Part 2 of the content and one from either Part 1 or 2 depending on the overall balance of the paper.

From reading this I can't see that they would ask us any questions ranging over more than one monarch unless it was Mary and Edward as they cover 20 years?

I don't want to be investing my time in themed questions if they're not going to be able to come up and I was wondering if anyone else has been trying to answer questions covering the entire period? Should I just be focusing on individual monarchs?

Any feedback or advise on how anyone else is revising would be much appreciate x
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My history a level breadth study paper is coming up next Friday and I'm well into my revision. When we've been doing our revision at school, our History teacher has been trying to prepare us for if the exam board ask us a "thematic questions" based over the entire range of monarch throughout the period (eg. "The power of the monarch's over the tudor period was more theoretical than tangiable, very little actually changed- How far do you agree?" to help us prepare for the essay questions which might come up in Section B.

As you can imagine these questions are a nightmare as there is so much to discuss and really difficult to actually answer the question. So I looked at the scheme of assessment on the AQA website and it says:

Section B will contain three essay questions of which students are required to answer two. Each essay tests AO1 and is designed to test historical understanding over a broad chronology of approximately 20 years.....

In order to ensure that students demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the breadth component over the whole period, the balance of questions on the breadth paper will be as follows:
  • Where the compulsory question is based on Part 1 of the content, Section B will contain one essay on Part 1 of the content, or one which overlaps Parts 1 and 2 and two questions on Part 2 of the content.
  • Where the compulsory question is based on Part 2 of the content, Section B will contain one essay on Part 2 of the content, or one which overlaps Parts 1 and 2 and two questions on Part 1 of the content.
  • Where the compulsory question overlaps Parts 1 and 2 of the content, Section B will contain one question on Part 1 of the content, one question on Part 2 of the content and one from either Part 1 or 2 depending on the overall balance of the paper.

From reading this I can't see that they would ask us any questions ranging over more than one monarch unless it was Mary and Edward as they cover 20 years?

I don't want to be investing my time in themed questions if they're not going to be able to come up and I was wondering if anyone else has been trying to answer questions covering the entire period? Should I just be focusing on individual monarchs?

Any feedback or advise on how anyone else is revising would be much appreciate x


In terms of asking questions about different monarchs its certainly possible in terms of themes.

For example, a highly likely question that could come up is religion, which could be from Henry VIII's changes to even reaching into Elizabethan time.

Or the common theme of "A mid tudor crisis" Is likely to be asking between the range of 1540-1558 as in the 40's it really started the downfall

Foreign policy again could be asked in a cross monarch way, maybe governments efficiency too

In reality it is likely that they will only really ask about different monarchs in the same question with either:
Henry VII and VIII
Henry VIII, Edward and Mary
Edward and Mary
Edward, Mary and Elizabeth
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