The History AS Level Course follows the Challenge and Transformation of Britain during Victorian and Edwardian periods (1851–1914) and also looks at America after the Second World War during its emergence as a superpower.

This home study course follows the new linear AS Level syllabus. If students want to complete the full A Level Course then this can be purchased from the A Level section of our website.

Each lesson begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self- assessment questions. There are 8 Tutor-Marked Assignments (known as TMAs) including a mock exam assignment.

The Syllabus:

Students can study for the AQA History 7041 AS Level Specification sitting exams in May/June 2019 and later years.


  • Paper 1: History 1 - Breadth Study (1 Hour 30 Minutes) is 50 marks in total (50% of AS level).
  • Paper 2: History 2 - Depth Study (1 Hour 30 Minutes) is 50 marks in total (50% of AS level).

This course is divided into the following modules:

  • Introductory Module: How to Study History at A-level
  • Module 1 (1G) - Challenge and Transformation: Victorian and Edwardian Britain, c1851–1914

This module allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period.

The following topics are covered: Britain in 1851: Pride and Uncertainty; Social Challenges; Ireland 1845-1886; Mid-Victorian Boom – and Flight; The Working Classes and Self-Help; Party Politics 1851-1886; Play the Game: Victorian Sport; Education; Waning Power; The Working Class: Organisation and Representation; Ireland, 1886-1914; and Politics 1886-1906.

  • Module 2 (2Q) - The American Dream: Reality and Illusion: Prosperity, Inequality and Superpower Status, 1945–1963

This module is an in-depth study of the challenges faced by the USA at home and abroad as it emerged from the Second World War as a Superpower.

The following topics are covered: The USA in 1945; The USA as a Superpower; Reconstruction and McCarthyism; Racial Tensions and Civil Rights 1945-52; Eisenhower; The US Economy in the 1950s; USA and the Cold War 1952-60; Racial Tensions and Civil Rights (2) 1952-60; JFK and the 1960 Election; Challenges to US Authority internationally, early 60s; JFK and Civil Rights; and The USA by 1963.

Practical Skills/Coursework:

There is no coursework with this syllabus.


We will admit Candidates for A Level Courses who have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C and above. For History this should include both English and History GCSE.

Please Note: We cannot accept students who are under 18 years old on this course.  

Additional Reading:

  • Oxford AQA History for A Level: Challenge and Transformation: Britain c1851-1964 by Alisa Fortune & Sally Waller (ISBN: 978-0198354666)
  • Access to History: Britain 1900-51 by Michael Lynch (ISBN: 978-0340965948)
  • Oxford AQA History for A Level: The American Dream: Reality and Illusion 1945-1980 by Mark Stacey & Sally Waller (ISBN: 978-0198354550)

Student Support:

Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they should keep in regular contact. All tutors are fully qualified experienced teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. Most work from home and are able to offer flexible contact times. The tutor will contact students with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan. They will also let the student know the best ways and times for contact.

There is no limit on how often you can contact your tutor. The advice and encouragement our tutors provide are an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Post or Email. There are tutor-marked assignments (TMA's) in every course. These help the student to consolidate their learning and prepare for examinations.

All tutors have a Freephone 0800 telephone number and most will have Skype capabilities. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.

Examination Centres & Examination Fees:

All distance learning students will sit their exams as a private candidate in a registered school or college. The finding of an examination centre and the booking of exams is the responsibility of the student. In December/January students are contacted and advised to start arranging their examinations. AQA have over 300 exam centres in the UK. Examination officers are available to registered students for advice on finding suitable centres or you can use AQA’s Private Candidate Page which details information about being a private candidate and has a search facility showing a small selection of centres set out geographically.

The new Linear format examinations all need to be sat in a single examination window on completion of your studies. Examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre’s administration costs so it is worth contacting a few centres to compare prices.

Nearest Examination Dates:

Please review the AS Level Overview page for detailed information on possible examination dates and procedures.

Studying from Abroad:

It is possible to study AS Level Courses from anywhere in the world. However some home study courses are easier to study from abroad than others and some restrictions to the type of tuition available apply. If you wish to study an AS Level then you will need to sit the examinations in the UK. Please remember that most AS Levels have several examinations which may well be spread over several weeks.

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