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Have you ever wondered how the past has shaped the present? Our A Level History course unveils a fascinating treasure trove of characters, ideas and events.

It'll take you through 200 years of history, looking the Industrialisation of Britain between 1783 and 1885; and Democracy and Nazism in Germany between 1918 and 1945. You’ll also do your own historical investigation, choosing your own topic and studying it in depth.

With Industrialisation, you'll examine the British political system between the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and how democracy and political organisations changed and developed. Next, you’ll look at economic and social developments. You’ll explore the importance of ideas and ideology and how they helped shape mainstream politics of the time, and examine the role of individuals and groups in British industrialisation.

With Democracy and Nazism in Germany, we firstly look at the period between 1918 and 1933 of the Weimar Republic, from its troubled origins following military defeat and revolution to its final demise in 1933. This is a very distinctive period in German history both domestically and internationally. With the second part of our coverage on Germany, we discuss Nazi Germany: 1933-1945 focusing on Hitler, politics, Nazism, and the Second World War.


This course will prepare you for the AQA History A Level syllabus (7042) exams.

There are two areas which make up this course:

  1. AQA Specification 1F – Industrialisation and the people: Britain, c1783-1885
  2. AQA Specification 2O– Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918-1945

We'll cover these areas by looking at four individual themes:

  1. 1F – part one: The impact of industrialisation: Britain, c1783-1832
  2. 1F – part two: The Age of Reform: Britain, 1832-1885
  3. 2O – part one: The Weimar Republic, 1918-1933
  4. 2O – part two: Nazi Germany, 1933-1945

Studying a range of at least 200 years will allow you to develop a greater appreciation of the process of change and the nature of change in the given period. You'll learn about key people and events in a broad historical context. Substantial study of British history is coupled with a distinctive period in German history.

 

Theme 1: The impact of industrialisation: Britain, c1783-1832

Pressure for change, c1783-1812:

    1. The British political system in 1783: government and representation; national and local democracy; Whigs and Tories
    2. Government: Pitt the Younger as Prime Minister and his successors; Pitt's relationship with the King; the 1784 election; reform of finance, administration and trade
    3. Economic developments: industrialisation; the growth of cotton and other industries; changes in power; the condition of agriculture
    4. Social developments: the middle class; the industrial workforce; landowners; agricultural labourers and the poor; working conditions; standards of living; the Combination Acts
    5. Pressures on government 1785-1812: the political influence of the French Revolution; Irish rebellion and union; radicalism and opposition; party splits; demands for parliamentary reform
    6. Pressure for change, 1783-1812: Pressures on government; the political, economic and social impact of war; the condition of Britain by 1812

 

Government and a changing society, 1812-1832:

    1. Government, 1812-1830: Lord Liverpool; the Corn Laws and other legislation; attitudes to reform and repression; the economy; the repeal of the Combination Acts; Government: Canning, Goderich and Wellington; legislation including the repeal of the Test and Corporation Acts; the metropolitan police force; O’Connell and Catholic Emancipation
    2. Economic trends: continuing industrialisation and developments in key industries; agricultural change; economic policies and free trade
    3. Social developments: the effects of industrialisation; standards of living and working-class discontent
    4. Pressures for change: Luddism and radical agitation; the anti-slavery movement; Methodism; early socialism and the ideas of Robert Owen
    5. Constitutional reform and greater democracy: the election of the Whigs; pressure for parliamentary reform; the Great Reform Act and its impact; the state of Britain politically, economically and socially by 1832

Theme 2: The Age of Reform: Britain, 1832-1885

Political change and social reform, 1832-1846:

  1. Government: Grey, Melbourne and the ideas and ideology of the Whig Party; the Tories in opposition and government; Peel and the transformation of the Conservative Party; The Whig response to social change; social reforms including: education, factory legislation, abolition of slavery, the Poor Law Amendment Act, the Municipal Corporations Act
  2. Pressure for change: Chartism; Irish radicalism; the Anti-Poor Law League; the Anti-Corn Law League; social reform campaigners including Shaftesbury and Chadwick;
  3. Economic policy: economic developments: The Conservative response to change: finance, administration and the economy; the Bank Charter Act; trade and business reform; the railway 'revolution' and associated economic growth; agriculture and Corn Law repeal
  4. Social trends: social developments: conditions in urban Britain; changes in the lives of workers and the poor; unions and other working-class movements.

 Economy, society and politics, 1846–1885:

  1. Government and developing political organisation: the development of the political system and party realignment; the emergence of the Liberal Party
  2. Government and democracy: Gladstone, his ministries and ideas and policies; Disraeli, his ministries, ideas and policies; increasing democracy; legislation
  3. Pressure for change: social campaigns, Public Health reform; Chartism; pressure for parliamentary reform; Irish Nationalism
  4. Economic patterns: economic developments: the mid-Victorian boom; the 'golden age' of agriculture; industrial and transport developments; impact of increased trade; the Great Depression
  5. Social developments: prosperity and poverty in towns and countryside; regional divisions; influences including Evangelicalism; 'self-help'; trade unions and education
  6. The political, economic and social condition of Britain by 1885; the extent of democracy and Britain’s industrial position

Theme 3: The Weimar Republic, 1918-1933

The Establishment and early years of Weimar, 1918-1924:

  1. The impact of War and the political crises of October to November 1918; the context for the establishment of the Weimar Constitution; terms, strengths and weaknesses; The Peace Settlement: expectations and reality; terms and problems; attitudes within Germany and abroad
  2. Economic and social issues: post-war legacy and the state of the German economy and society; reparations, inflation and hyperinflation; the invasion of the Ruhr and its economic impact; social welfare and the social impact of hyperinflation
  3. Political instability and extremism; risings on the left and right, including the Kapp Putsch; the political impact of the invasion of the Ruhr; the Munich Putsch; problems of coalition government and the state of the Republic by 1924.

 The 'Golden Age' of the Weimar Republic, 1924–1928:

  1. Economic developments: Stresemann; the Dawes Plan; industry, agriculture and the extent of recovery; the reparations issue and the Young Plan
  2. Social developments: social welfare reforms; the development of Weimar culture; art, architecture, music, theatre, literature and film; living standards and lifestyles
  3. Political developments and the workings of democracy: President Hindenburg; parties; elections and attitudes to the Republic from the elites and other social groups; the position of the extremists, including the Nazis and Communists; the extent of political stability
  4. Germany’s international position 1924-28; Stresemann's foreign policy aims and achievements including: Locarno; the League of Nations; the Treaty of Berlin; the end of allied occupation and the pursuit of disarmament.

 The Collapse of Democracy, 1928–1933:

  1. The economic, social and political impact of the Depression: elections; governments and policies; the appeal of Nazism and Communism; the tactics and fortunes of the extremist parties, including the role of propaganda
  2. Political developments and Hitler’s appointment as Chancellor: Hindenburg, Papen, Schleicher and the 'backstairs intrigue' leading to Hitler’s appointment as chancellor; Political developments: the Reichstag Fire; parties and elections; the Enabling Act and the end of democracy; the state of Germany by March 1933.

Theme 4: Nazi Germany, 1933-1945

The Nazi Dictatorship, 1933-1939:

  1. Hitler’s consolidation of power, March 1933–1934: governmental and administrative change and the establishment of the one-party state; the Night of the Long Knives and the impact of the death of President Hindenburg
  2. The Nazi Dictatorship, 1933-1939: The 'Terror State': the police, including the SS and Gestapo; the courts; extent, effectiveness and limitations of opposition and non-conformity; propaganda: aims, methods and impact; extent of totalitarianism
  3. Economic policies and social policies: economic policies and the degree of economic recovery; Schacht; Goering; the industrial elites; Social policies: young people; women; workers; the churches; the degree of Volksgemeinschaft; benefits and drawbacks of Nazi rule.

 The Racial State, 1933-1941:

  1. The radicalisation of the state, 1933-37: Nazi racial ideology; policies towards the mentally ill, asocials, homosexuals, members of religious sects, the Roma and Sinti
  2. Nazi policies towards the Jews, 1933-37: Anti-Semitism: policies and actions towards the Jews, including the boycott of Jewish shops and the Nuremberg Laws
  3. The development of anti-Semitic policies and actions; the effect of the Anschluss; Reichkristallnacht; emigration; the impact of the war against Poland
  4. The treatment of Jews in the early years of war: the Einsatzgruppen; ghettos and deportations

 The impact of War, 1939–1945:

  1. Rationing, indoctrination, propaganda and morale; the changing impact of war on different sections of society including the elites, workers, women and youth
  2. The wartime economy and the work of Speer; the impact of bombing; the mobilisation of the labour force and prisoners of war
  3. Policies towards the Jews and the ‘untermenschen’ during wartime; the Wannsee Conference and the 'Final Solution'
  4. Opposition and resistance in wartime including students, churchmen, the army and civilian critics; assassination attempts and the July Bomb Plot; overview of the Nazi state by 1945

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. Activities & Progress Checks
  3. Interactive timelines and biographies
  4. Videos
  5. Peer Discussions
  6. Personal Journal
  7. AQA 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.

You'll also complete 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 that you source the following textbook as there are references to it within the course:

  1. Ailsa Fortune, Industrialisation and the people: Britain, c.1783–1885 (OUP, 2015)

There are three separate assessments for the AQA History A Level syllabus 7042: two 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 two exams are:

  1. Paper 1: Breadth study with interpretations
  2. Paper 2: Depth study

These exams are set nationally by AQA and take place in Summer every year. You must sit all 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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