A Level In History



A level in History deals with the past, this will help you in grasping what has happened years ago. To succeed in A level you need to be well versed with the conflicts and challenges of today's world. Numerous politicians and world leaders possess knowledge about past events and use their knowledge of the same to handle present-day problems.

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A level in History deals with the past, this will help you in grasping what has happened years ago. To succeed in A level you need to be well versed with the conflicts and challenges of today’s world. Numerous politicians and world leaders possess knowledge about past events and use their knowledge of the same to handle present-day problems.

Our online course in A Level History provides you with comprehensive information about the subject, thus enabling you to perform the following tasks proficiently:
Recall, select and deploy historical knowledge accurately
Discuss and teach historical knowledge
Show historical explanations
Exhibit understanding of appropriate concepts
Come up with substantiated judgments

The courseware enables you to absorb and learn important facts and data, so that you can effectively segregate and examine the most important information. This programme will inculcate the skill needed to formulate judgments regarding important historical issue after assessing all the data and evidence associated with it, thus making you an expert historian.

A Level History course material is centred on 20th century history, with focus on USA, the Soviet Union and Britain. You will be familiarized with important historical figures, like Churchill, Stalin, Kennedy and Reagan. The modules for AS and A2 are closely related to each other and it is suggested that you opt for the A2 coursework within the 100 year historical period, which will increase your knowledge of what you have learned in this home study programme.

The format of A Level History exam was changed from 2008, thus reducing the number of units/models, from six to four. Thus, the course comprises of two units at AS Level (one and two), and two units at A2 Level (three and four).

The study material has been drafted in accordance with the norms laid down by Edexcel examination board. While developing the eLearning course, we have segregated all units into clear chronological periods and topics. So, it is important that you should spend the amount of time advised by you tutor in studying.

Furthermore, for measuring the efficacy of this eLearning project, each module has been arranged in a streamlined manner and is concluded with a test that is designed on the topics covered in the syllabus. You must give the test and send it to the tutor for assessment by email or conventional post. After completing a lesson, you will be able to comprehend the meaning of the keywords and definitions written at the end of the study material. You will have to submit short assignment sets regularly in each unit, as well as answers to model/specimen exam questions.
Based on the assessment completion and evaluation, the understanding level of the student is assessed.

Entry Requirements
Basic English reading and writing skills, as full tutor support is given.

Whats Included
Learning documentation, Online Resources and Tutor support for 2 years.

Course Study Format
Course will be delivered online.

Courseware Support
The biggest advantage of studying with us is that using your unique student account, you can immediately access the course materials online and submit all the question papers to the tutor online. On submission of question papers, you will immediately, receives the email containing the results and feedback.

Study Hours
Study hour is dependent upon the dedication and grasp towards the learning concepts mentioned in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to the tutor.

Learning Hours
Approximately 76 hours.

Assessment Method

The Examination:
The course is examined in below components:

Examination Paper 1 Unit 1 Introduction to Financial Accounting:
This paper is one hour and thirty minutes in length and the marks provide 50% of the overall marks of the course, AS, and 25% of A Level. There are four compulsory questions.

Examination Paper 2 Unit 2 Financial and Management Accounting:
This paper is one hour and thirty minutes in length and the marks provide 50% of the overall marks of the course, AS, and 25% of A Level. There are four compulsory questions.

Examination Paper 3 Unit 3 Further Aspects of Financial Accounting:
This paper is two hours in length and the marks provide 25% of A Level. There are four compulsory questions.

Examination Paper 4 Unit 4 Further Aspects of Management Accounting:
This paper is two hours in length and the marks provide 25% of A Level. There are four compulsory questions.

Exams would need to be carried out at an approved examination centre. Please contact us for assistance.

Exam vouchers supplied with our courses must be used within the duration of your course. Exam Vouchers become invalid once the course has expired.

Historical Themes in Breadth
Unit 1: A World Divided: Communism and Democracy in the 20th Century

Overview of the Module:
This option concentrates on the theme of contrasting ideologies, with particular emphasis on how Communism developed and, in some societies, succeeded in overthrowing existing authority in the first half of the 20th century. This option also concentrates on how the USA responded to the challenge of Communism during that time and on the development of and challenges to democracy in the USA. This option enables students to understand the importance of ideas and beliefs in the policies developed by states, how and why ideology is frequently a cause of both challenge and conflict, within and between states, and also gives rise to debates about the rights of citizens.

Stalins Russia 1924-53
The struggle for power- the making of the vozhd in 1924-29: personalities and policies.
Transforming the Soviet Union: the collectivisation of agriculture and its social and economic impact; industrialisation and its economic and social impact; the three five year plans; changing social policies.
Persecution and control: the origins and course of the purges; culture and the arts in the service of a totalitarian regime.
The making of a superpower: the Great Patriotic War; devastation, war production; victory.

Format of the Exam:
Unit 1: A World Divided: Communism and Democracy in the 20th Century features a question on Stalins Russia 1924-53 and Politics, Presidency and Society in the USA, 1968-2001. Candidates must choose one question from two on each topic.
The examination is one hour 20 minutes long in total, with each question allocated 40 minutes.
From Edexcel Specification:
The questions will require candidates to present historical explanations and assess their significance in the historical context of events, individuals ideas, attitudes and/or beliefs, and the ways in which they influenced behaviours and action.

Politics, Presidency and Society in the USA, 1968-2001
The Presidencies of Nixon, Ford, carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton: reasons for the outcomes of elections; Watergate and the constitutional issues to which it gave rise.Social issues and their political; impact: feminism, the rights of minorities; religious belief; the importance of the Supreme Court.Popular culture: the media, film, television, radio and journalism; the importance of sport for race relations.The debate over the role of the state in the economy- Reagan and the New Right: Reaganomics and free market ideas.

British History Depth Studies
Unit 2: Britain in the Later 20th Century: Responding to Change

Overview of the Module:
In understanding the relevant chronology, this option concentrates on key developments in the political, social and cultural development of Britain in the second half of the 20th century, with particular emphasis on understanding in some depth the key issues that challenged Labour and Conservative politicians, including the extent of consensus between them, why consensus was fractured and with what consequences. It also gives students the opportunity to understand key cultural developments in the second half of the century, including the developments that challenged existing perspectives, attitudes and beliefs.

British Political History 1945-90: Consensus and Conflict
The Labour election victory of 1945: reasons for it and key features of domestic policy of Labour governments of 1945-51; extent to which this was an age of austerity.The Conservative government of 1951-64: extent of continuity with Labour objectives; key features of domestic policy (economic management, housing, unemployment); rising living standards.Labour and Conservative governments, 1964-79: reasons for growing domestic problems (inflation, wages policy, relations with trade unions).The Conservative election victory of 1979: reason for it and key features of the demotic policy of Thatcher government; domestic achievements; reasons why the Thatcher era was controversial; reasons for her fall in 1990.

Unit 3: War and Peace: 20th Century International Relations

Overview of the Module:
This option concentrates on international diplomacy from the late 19th to the late 20th century. It focuses on the need for, and robustness of, alliance systems and the reasons for conflict between states. Students are required to study a range of factors associated with the making of alliances, their significance and impact and the importance of armaments policies as an adjunct or threat to the peaceful resolution of disputes. They also address, and are invited to pass reasoned judgement upon, issues which have provoked disagreement and controversy among historians. A key element of study in this option lies in the evaluation of interpretations related to attempts at international co-operation and the ways and reasons for failure of co-operation and conflict resolution.

A World Divided: Superpower Relations 1944-90
The post-Stalin thaw and the bid for peaceful coexistence; Khrushchev and the response of Dulles, Eisenhower and Kennedy.The arms race, 1949-63: nuclear technology; delivery systems, the Cuban missile crisis; the Test Ban Treaty.Sino-Soviet relations, 1949-76: alliance to confrontation in Asia and its impact on US policy.Dtente, 1969-1980: the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) and agreements; Helsinki Accords; the impact of economic realities.
Associated controversies
Why did the Cold War between the superpowers emerge in the years to 1953?Why did the Cold War come to an end in the 1980s?

Unit 4 – Coursework

At A2 Level there is a compulsory coursework unit but students can choose the area of History they study. Students must address key aspects of a chosen theme over a period of at least 100 years in order to develop their understanding of the process of change over a long period of time. Students will investigate issues relating to the long and short-term causes and consequences of change and will demonstrate an understanding of the factors that may accelerate, consolidate or delay the process of change.
Full details of the coursework and the suggested subject option for this module can be found on pages 61-95 of the Edexcel website which can be accessed by the following external link:
There are 45 Edexcel approved and designed coursework programmes. By studying them on the link above (or on pages 76-95 of the specification), you should choose an option that is appropriate in consultation with your course tutor.
You do not need prior approval to use these options. However, some combinations are prohibited to ensure there is no overlap with Units 1, 2 and 3. Prohibited combinations are made clear in the coursework pages of the specification.
Students must select a period in consultation with their course tutor and the need to jointly develop a short introductory course or do some background reading that will provide an overview of the key issues of their chosen topic within a 100 year period.
Students must complete their coursework programme in two parts:
Part A involves the completion of an in-depth enquiry into the short-term significance of a key event, individual, development or movement within the period of their chosen study.Part B requires the student to set their chosen event or individual in a broader context, exploring the process of change within a wider historical timeframe.
Edexcel designed History coursework has been designed to ensure that, along with studying Unit 3, students follow a broad and coherent course in which they study two periods or two countries.
The function of this coursework unit therefore to be contrastive and it must link with the concept of Unit 3 while addressing issues within a different period, a different country or in a distinctly different theme.
our History students must therefore be aware that the content of the coursework unit must not duplicate the content of the AS course (units 1 and 2). In this case, although Part B of the coursework may focus on the process of change over a whole extended period, Part A must not focus on content which has been studied at AS Level.
Adapted From Edexcel Specification
Total A-Level examining time- 4 hours 40 minutes (coursework additional).

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Qualification NVQ Level 3
Fully recognised UK Qualification. On completion of this course you will be awarded with a Diploma, which is an NVQ Level 3 qualification. It will be awarded by a UK accredited body.

Upon completion of the course, you can download the completion certificate as well as any other qualifications you have been awarded.

A Level in History
Course Completion Certificate

*Please note, unless stated otherwise or included in package, our online courses only offer course completion certificates ( £10 fee) and in all cases official testing (at a charge made by testing centre) is required to gain officially certified recognised qualifications.

On completion of this course you will earn an A Level in History
Both AS and A2 level courses and examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A level.
Specification: AQA (Full A Level) 2120, AQA (AS) 1121 and AQA (A2) 2121

Course Information
Please note that the registration to the On Campus student community and licence to print the study materials is included in the course fee. The licence is only for you print, therefore you have to ensure proper availability of cartridge and papers to print the full course materials, if required.

You need to have either of the following packages to access the On Campus area:
• Windows: Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 – Acrobat Reader 4.0 and above
• Macintosh: Mac OS X, Mac OS 9.2 – Acrobat Reader 4.0 and above

In the student ‘On Campus’ you can also be a take part of the student chat room and forums, as part of our online student community.

Once enrolled to the online programme, the username and password to access the On Campus area will be sent within 5 working days.

Students are required to arrange and pay for their examinations and manage the course work element, if the subject requires. Students must check the relevant examination board website for further information and final examination sitting dates for the specification.


This course is self-contained so you will not need to use any extra textbooks. However, you may find useful to read other books on this subject:

Britain Since 1945: A Political History Fifth Edition, Childs D (Routledge, 6th ed., 2004)
Access to History: Politics, Presidency and Society in the USA 1968 2001, Vivienne Sanders (Hodder & Stoughton, Published October 2008)
Access to History: Stalins Russia, 1924-53, Michael Lynch (Hodder Murray, Published June 2008)
A2 Edexcel GCE History: A World Divided: Superpower Relations, 1944-90 (Heinemann, Published July 2009)

You can also contact the tutor if he/she feels the need to practice more in any of the areas covered in this course