Please Note: We are not currently accepting students on this course. This is due to changes in coursework authentication and marking which will effect students aiming for exams in 2018. We hope to be able to accept students in the near future once the support team are registered as an exam centre for marking purposes. If you would like to be informed when we are accepting students for 2018 exams then please email us and we will contact you when we have further news.


The History A Level Course has been designed to help students understand the significance of historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time. This qualification will help students to gain a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives. The course will build on the understanding of the past taught at GCSE level through a balanced course of study.

This home study course follows the new linear A-Level syllabus. If students want to complete the new linear AS Level course then this can be purchased from the AS 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 20 Tutor-Marked Assignments (known as TMAs) including 3 mock exam assignments.

The Syllabus:

Students can study for the AQA History 7041/7042 A Level Specification sitting exams in May/June 2018 and later years.

Examinations:

Paper 1: History 1 - Breadth Study (2 Hours 30 Minutes) is 80 marks in total (40% of A-level).

Paper 2: History 2 - Depth Study (2 Hours 30 Minutes) is 80 marks in total (40% of A-level).

Paper 3: Coursework - A 3000-3500 word Historical Investigation is 40 marks in total (20% of A-level).

This course is divided into the following units:

  1. Introductory Module: How to Study History at A-level (What is History & How to Find and Use Historical Sources)
  2. Challenge and Transformation: Britain, c1851–1964
    Victorian and Edwardian Britain, c1851–1914
  3. The American Dream: Reality and Illusion, 1945–1980
    Prosperity, Inequality and Superpower status, 1945–1963
  4. The World Wars and their Legacies: Britain, 1914–1964
  5. Challenges to the American Dream, 1963–1980
  6. Coursework Module: Progress towards Democracy and Extension of the Franchise in Britain, 1780-1884

Please Note: The first section of this course will be dispatched to you after enrolment with the second section being sent when developed (expected to be June 2016).

Practical Skills/Coursework:

Students are required to complete a Historical Report worth 20% of the final mark. Full guidance is given in the course pack and the course tutor will verify your coursework for submission to the Awarding Body.

Prerequisites:

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.

Additional Reading:

History, more than any subject, requires you to read far more than a single supporting text like this one. The most essential books linked to this course are as follows:

  • 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)
  • Flagship History - Britain 1895-1951: With Women and Suffrage c1860-1930 and Ireland 1914-2007 by Derrick Murphy, Graham Goodlad and Richard Staton (ISBN: 978-0007268726)

Additional non-essential recommended reading is detailed in the course materials for students who would like further resources whilst completing their studies. We recommend purchasing any books after receiving your course materials to make sure there have been no revisions.

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 A Level Overview page for detailed information on possible examination dates and procedures.

Studying from Abroad:

It is possible to study A Level Courses from anywhere in the world. However some 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 A Level then you will need to sit the examinations in the UK. Please remember that most A Level's have several examinations which may well be spread over several weeks.

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