The A Level History course unveils a fascinating treasure trove of characters, ideas and events. It'll take you through 300 years of European history, looking at the rise and fall of empires and the rivalries, alliances and popular movements that shaped the Europe we know today.
You'll start with British parliamentary democracy, examining the conditions in 18th Century Britain and the need for reform. Then, you'll look at changes in the balance of power in Europe, the emergence of mighty empires and their eventual downfall, and the origin of the First World War.
Closer to home, the History A Level course will see you study Britain's development towards democracy in the years before the Second World War, and you'll closely examine the roles of the monarchy and the state in eighteenth century Britain.
Through your study you'll gain an understanding of change over time and acquire a strong sense of historical perspective, detecting changes and continuities in the sweep of history.
This course will prepare you for the Edexcel History A Level syllabus (9H10, Route D) exams.
This A Level History syllabus is structured into five individual themes:
The units are linked by the theme of challenges to the authority of the state, which manifested in different ways such as protests and the growth of nationalist sentiment. This period was one in which ordinary people, often with strong leadership, were instrumental in changing the nature of government in their respective countries. It was also a time of major political developments, during which state authority in Britain and Germany changed dramatically.
Studying two different countries will allow you to develop a greater appreciation of the nature of power and authority in the given period, and to understand the similarities and contrasts between them.
Theme 1: The growth of parliamentary democracy, c1785 - c1870
Theme 2: Industrialisation and protest, c1785 - c1870
Theme 3 Unionism and cooperation, c1785 - c1870
Theme 4: Poverty and pauperism, c1785 - c1870, and historical interpretations
Theme 5: The unification of Germany, c1840 - c1871
The A Level History course is perfect if you're looking to fill gaps in your school education or prepare for college or university. It's the essential foundation if you're thinking about studying History at a higher level.
You don't need any previous experience or qualifications to enrol in our A Level History online course. That's because we believe in making learning - and a rewarding future - as accessible as possible. However, completion of GCSE History is advised.
An A Level History can be the first step towards college or degree-level study of History and many other subjects.
Study of History to a higher level can lead to a variety of jobs in many industries. Jobs directly related to a History degree include:
However, the study of history is useful in many jobs, as it demonstrates a variety of transferable skills including excellent communication, organisation and critical thinking.
You'll find your History A Level will demonstrate to employers that you have the ability to commit to learning, and have acquired good reasoning and analytical skills and an ability to absorb and understand facts - essential in practically every walk of life.
Your A Level in History can count towards entry to college or university for many subjects. You should contact the institution you're interested in attending to find out their entry requirements.
Students who complete this course often go on to study a History or English Literature degree.
We believe in making learning accessible and affordable for all, so you'll have the option to pay for your course through an interest-free payment plan. You'll pay a small deposit when you enrol and the rest by monthly direct debit. Our plans are flexible, so you can extend the terms or pay your balance off sooner if you choose.
You can also pay for your course in full when you enrol.
Speak to our course advisors for more information on our payment plans.
Once you enrol, you’ll have access to our Student Community, which will allow you to see your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your assignments and connect with your fellow students. Your course materials have been specially designed for online learning by experts in the field.
You’ll also have access to a huge range of resources that will aid your studies:
You’ll be assigned an expert academic tutor who will be with you from enrolment to graduation. They’ll answer questions about coursework, study materials, assessments and exams, and help you work through any part of the course you’re stuck with.
They’ll also give you test papers and mock exams to ensure you’re ready to pass your assessments. All your papers will be marked and given constructive feedback so you know exactly what your strengths are and what you can improve.
Our dedicated student support team will be on hand to assist you with administrative tasks, using the Student Community, and any other non-academic queries you may have.
Supporting textbooks are not provided with this course. However, we strongly recommend students of the A Level History course source the following ebooks due to the additional resources they provide:
There are four separate assessments for the Edexcel History A Level syllabus (9H10, Route D): three exams and one piece of coursework.
The coursework element is in the form of an independently-researched enquiry in which you'll analyse and evaluate historical interpretations.
The three exams are:
These exams are set nationally by Edexcel and take place in Summer every year. You must sit both papers in one exam diet.
Important Exam Information
Please be aware that you're responsible for making your own exam arrangements. We'll help you find a suitable exam centre, usually a nearby school or college, and give you all the information you need to book your place. You'll have to pay an examination fee as well as a centre fee which will vary depending on exam centre.
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Exam centre and registration fees are additional to your course fees. The cost will vary according to the exam centre you use.
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