Early Modern British History: Part 2 (1603-1714)

This course explores the central themes and developments in Stuart Britain including the reign of James I, the political and social origins of the civil war, the civil war and the English Republic, the Restoration and the reign of Charles II, the Glorious revolution and the onset of Constitutional Monarchy and the reigns of the later Stuarts.

Course Content

Reign of James I. Charles I and direct rule. The origins of the Civil war. Civil War 1642-49. Commonwealth 1649 to 1653. The Protectorate and Cromwell. Restoration and reign of Charles II, James 1 and the Glorious Revolution. The last Stuart monarchs.

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

The course will discuss many themes and so requires a reasonable level of English, although no previous knowledge of the topics or history in general is needed.

Assessment Methods

There is no formal assessment with this course due to its leisure study nature. However, students may wish to read books or watch documentaries at home in their own time to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the period.

Additional Information

Other history courses taught at the college, ranging from British Decolonisation to the American civilisations, Europe and ancient Rome. Mythology courses. Lecture days and projects. War poetry or art courses.

A vast range of philosophy courses are also on offer for those wishing to understand some of the ideas behind the events that shaped history.

For those wishing to go onto university, there is Access to Humanities which will broaden your historical knowledge academically


Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

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