A-Level History

Our course code: A013

Course fee: £895 or from £67 per month

Apply code 'FUND20' when enrolling

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Are you passionate about discovering how the world today has developed? Are you interested in analysing events from the past and hoping to improve the future? Are you curious about history? A-levels are the gold standard for education in the UK, recognised by universities and employers alike as a mark of significant achievement. A-level History is a smart move if you want a fascinating subject that offers you a range of career possibilities at the end.

You will learn about social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity through your study of British and non-British history and gain an understanding of different identities within society. You will also develop your use of historical terms, concepts and skills and learn how to reflect and think critically, you will look into the past to learn about the people and events which made Europe what it is today. Through your history 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.

History is a well-respected subject and welcomed by all universities, while the skills you learn are highly valued by employers in all career paths. This A-Level History course has been written to the latest specifications and has been designed to give you the best possible chance of success. You’ll have everything you need to succeed, starting with a clear induction and well-structured assignments to help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to prepare for the exam.

You will benefit from:

  • A brand new course, written to the latest specification with dynamic and engaging content
  • Fast track is available on this course (work as quickly as you like)
  • Coursework administration and 5-day assignment marking is included
  • Access to a network of partnership exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)
  • Pro-active personal tutors – we contact you, help you write a study plan and support you throughout.
  • Exam pass guarantee (If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam)

A-Level History offers insight into social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity in British and non-British History.

  • Exam Pass Guarantee

    If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam for free

  • Guaranteed exam centre

    Access to our Country-wide network of exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)

  • Proactive tutors

    We contact you, help you write a study plan and support you throughout.

  • Awarding body: Edexcel
  • Our course code: A013
  • Qualification code: 9HI0

Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding organisation offering academic and vocational qualifications in schools, colleges and work places in the UK and abroad. They have been helping people succeed in life through learning for nearly 2 decades. Edexcel is a multinational education and examination body.

Study Hours

You should allow for between 250 and 300 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Study Method

Our course is delivered via our online learning platform as this provides learners with a dynamic and engaging experience. Don’t worry, if you prefer, you can print the learning materials yourself. The learning resources are in a range of different media including videos, e-books, and online quizzes.

Course Duration

You will benefit from our personal tutor support for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment.


All enrolments will be for exams in Summer 2021. (As the last enrolment date for 2020 exams was 16th Sept 2019)

You will be required to complete the three standard written exams and a coursework task.

Official exams

  • 2 hours 15 minutes, 30% of marks
  • 2 hours 15 minutes, 30% of marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 20% of marks
  • 1 coursework task, 20% of marks

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our exam centres around the Country, to take away the hassle of needing to find your own. Check where your closest exam centre is.


During your course, you’ll be required to complete the following:

  • 1 introductory assignment
  • 10 assignments

These do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to gauge your progress as you work through the course.


Part of the A level assessment is a non-exam assessment (NEA). It has been agreed with the awarding body that your course tutor is able to mark your non-exam assessment work, and you can then sit your written exams at one of our partner exam centres.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this home learning course you will receive an A-Level in History, issued by Edexcel. This syllabus has been chosen specifically because it is the best suited to distance learning. Your certificate is identical to that issued to students at any other school, college or university.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - A GCSE or equivalent in History is recommended for this course.

UCAS Points - 56

Course Content

1: The growth of parliamentary democracy c1785–c1870
  • The unreformed Parliament up to 1785
  • Demand for reform c1785–1815
  • The Great Reform Act 1815–32
  • Towards Chartism 1832–48
  • The 1867 Reform Act
2: Industrialisation, protest and trade unionism c1785–c1870
  • Industrial growth c1785–c1870
  • Living and working conditions c1785–c1850
  • Protest and reform c1785–c1870
  • Unionism and cooperation c1785–c1850
  • New Model Unionism c1850–c1870
3: Poverty and pauperism; the abolition of the slave trade
  • Poverty and pauperism c1785–1834
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834
  • The abolition of the slave trade 1
  • The abolition of the slave trade 2
  • The abolition of the slave trade 3
4: The unification of Germany 1: c1840–51
  • Popular pressure and causes of revolution 1840–48
  • Failure of revolution 1848–51
5: The unification of Germany 2: c1852–71
  • Austro-Prussian rivalry 1852–66
  • Prussia and the Kleindeutschland solution 1866–71
6: Coursework (NEA)
  • The ‘Great’ Reform Act?
  • The suffragettes: contextual background
  • The suffragettes: help or hindrance
  • Writing the assignment
7: Prosperity and social change 1871–1990
  • Social change: the urban working class
  • Social change: artisans, junkers, women
  • Economic change 1871–1929
  • Economic change 1929–1990
8: Germany united 1871–1935
  • Ruling the Second Reich 1871–1879
  • The birth of democratic Germany 1917–1919
  • A new Reich 1933–1935
9: Germany divided and reunited 1945–1990
  • The new Federal Republic 1949–1960
  • Reunification: Germany 1989–1990
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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

Yes. there will be additional fees for your exams that are payable to the centre upon booking Your personal tutor can provide more details. Yes, there are set texts that will come free with the course as e-books: (1) Edexcel AS/A Level History, Paper 1 & 2: Challenges to the Authority of the State in the Late 18th and 19th Centuries, M Collier, R Rogers and A Kidson, Pearson Education 2015. (2) Access to History: The Unification of Germany and the challenge of Nationalism 1789-1919, A Farmer and A Stiles, Hodder Education 2015. Additional text you should read include: Paper 3: Germany, 1871-1990: united, divided and re-united, D Brown, Pearson Education 2016.

You will need to pay separately for your final examinations. Additional texts may also need to be purchased to supplement your learning on the course.

We are able to offer places at partnership exam centres across the UK for our students, therefore, guaranteeing an exam venue. If you choose to find your own exam centre, you can, you will need to register with them as an external or private candidate. Fees vary across the country so we recommend enquiring prior to enrolment.

Yes! You study the same curriculum, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is specially designed to be studied from home in your own time.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course to help you get ready for your examinations. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Assignments are marked by your personal tutor within 5 days. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.