A Level History

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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:

  1. The growth of parliamentary democracy, c1785 - c1870
  2. Industrialisation and protest, c1785 - c1870
  3. Unionism and cooperation, c1785 - c1870
  4. Poverty and pauperism, c1785 - c1870, and Historical interpretations
  5. The unification of Germany c1840 - c1871

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 

  1. The unreformed parliament and its critics: the pre-reform electorate, parliamentary seats and elections; demands for reform, c1785–1820; the political demands of the manufacturing interest.
  2. Pressure for change and reform, 1820–52: economic and social distress, and popular pressure, 1820–32; reasons for the passing of the Great Reform Act 1832 and its significance; Chartist demands and the failure of Chartism; change and continuity in the new electoral landscape.
  3. Further parliamentary reform, 1852–70: the significance of the National Reform Union and the Reform League; changing political attitudes in the 1860s and the impact of the Reform Act 1867

Theme 2: Industrialisation and protest, c1785 - c1870

  1. The impact of industrialisation: the growth of banking, investment and a new industrial middle class; the diversity of economic regions; the growth of industrial towns and cities; government attitudes towards industrial development.
  2. Working conditions: conditions in factories, mines and foundries; female and child labour; living conditions in urban areas.
  3. Industrialisation, protest and reform: the changing nature and effectiveness of industrial protest, 1785–1870; the significance of Luddism, and the Swing Riots; the Ten Hour Movement; support for, opposition to, and the impact of factory reform, 1833–70, including the importance of the Factory Act 1833 and factory reforms of 1844–64; reforms affecting living conditions, 1848–70.

Theme 3 Unionism and cooperation, c1785 - c1870

  1. Unions and their opponents, c1785–1834: trade societies and knobsticks; reasons for, and impact of, the growth of trade unions; government response to trade unions.
  2. New model unionism, 1850–70: the significance of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers; the founding of the Trades Union Congress 1868; government response to new unionism.
  3. The growth of cooperative activities: New Lanark and cooperative activities; the Rochdale Pioneers and cooperative economics; the growth of the friendly societies.

Theme 4: Poverty and pauperism, c1785 - c1870, and historical interpretations

  1. The old Poor Law and pressure for change: the implementation and effectiveness of poor relief before 1834, attitudes towards the poor and the influence of utilitarianism; financial and ideological pressures for change.
  2. The impact and effectiveness of the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834: the workhouse regime, less eligibility and the continuation of outdoor relief; nature and extent of opposition to the Poor Law.
  3. Changing attitudes towards the poor and pauperism, 1834–70: the impact of the Andover workhouse scandal on national opinion; the growth of charity and self-help; the significance of key individuals, including Dickens and Smiles, in challenging attitudes.
  4. What explains the abolition of the slave trade at the end of the period, c1785–1807.

Theme 5: The unification of Germany, c1840 - c1871

  1. Popular pressure and causes of revolution, 1840–48
  2. Failure of revolution, 1848–51
  3. Austro-Prussian rivalry, 1852–66
  4. Prussia and the Kleindeutschland solution, 1866–71

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:

  1. Heritage manager
  2. Historic buildings inspector/conservation officer
  3. Museum education officer
  4. Museum/gallery curator
  5. Museum/gallery exhibitions officer
  6. Secondary school teacher
  7. Archaeologist
  8. Archivist

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:

  1. Live Induction Webinar
  2. Interactive Quizzes
  3. Progress Checks
  4. Peer Discussions
  5. E-books
  6. Personal Journal
  7. Edexcel Resources

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:

  1. Edexcel AS/A Level History, Paper 1&2: Challenges to the authority of the state in the late 18th and 19th centuries, Collier, Rogers and Kidson
  2. Access to History: The Unification of Germany and the challenge of Nationalism 1789-1919, Farmer and Stiles.

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:

  1. Paper 1: Breadth study with interpretations
  2. Paper 2: Depth study
  3. Paper 3: Themes in breadth and aspects in depth

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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