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Pre-enrolment task for 2014 entry

AS Medieval History Why do I need to complete a pre-enrolment task? The preparation activities on the following pages must be completed, during the summer holiday period, by all students who have opted to take Medieval History. This is an essential requirement for entry on to the AS course. Your suitability for AS level study will be determined by your performance on these tasks, as well as on your GCSE grades. Similarly, failure to complete the work and submit it by the deadline may result in your entry on to the course being refused.

When should I hand it in? It should be posted (or dropped in) to College for the attention of Mark Sheridan, to be received no later than 1st July.

How will I be given feedback on how well I have done? You will receive your work back during your Enrolment interview. annotated and written feedback given.

Work will be marked,

Task In Detail Your work:    

Must be handwritten, in full sentences and paragraphs Ought to take around two hours to complete (no more than three hours) Must be written on lined A4 paper (with a margin) Must be completed and sent to College by 1st July

Welcome to the Medieval History Course at New College. For the next year and hopefully beyond you will be studying one of the most fascinating periods of history, a world that is very different from our own. In order to prepare for your study of the period, you are to undertake the following task which is designed to lead you towards an understanding of life in the middle ages and the way in which people perceived their world. The task needs to be taken seriously. Along with your GCSE results it will be used to indicate your suitability to take the course.

Huddersfield New College, New Hey Road, Huddersfield, HD3 4GL Telephone: 01484 652341 email:

Task One Study the following pieces of evidence. You will also need to undertake some independent research into medieval life. Use websites and any books from your local library. Source A: An illustration from a Medieval Book.

Source B: A painting from the wall of a Medieval Church.

Source C: an illustration from an account of the Crusades

Having studied the sources answer the following questions. Please handwrite rather than word processing your answers as we wish to make an initial assessment of both your historical and literary skills. a) Briefly describe what you can see in each of the sources. (A,B and C) b) What impression do these sources give of life in the middle ages? Huddersfield New College, New Hey Road, Huddersfield, HD3 4GL Telephone: 01484 652341 email:

Task Two Now study the next two sources

Source D: A wall painting from a medieval palace.

Source E: an illustration from a medieval Book

c) In what ways do these two sources (D and E) give a different impression of life in the Middle Ages compared to the first three sources? d) Using all the sources and your own knowledge assess how far you would agree with the view that the Middle Ages were an unpleasant and violent period in which to live.

Huddersfield New College, New Hey Road, Huddersfield, HD3 4GL Telephone: 01484 652341 email:

HNC Medieval History Pre-enrolment Task  
HNC Medieval History Pre-enrolment Task