A-level History

One of the most respected arts subjects, A–level History will boost your communication, analysis and critical thinking skills
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A-level History AQA online course

Are you fascinated by the past and the power it holds to help us understand the present? Then you’ll enjoy delving into some of the most fascinating periods of British and American history when you study A-level History online.

You’ll explore the USA from 1865 to 1975, the compelling period between the end of the American Civil War and World War Two and how the USA came to be the superpower it is today. Moving on, you’ll examine one of the most tumultuous periods in British history, the Wars of the Roses, before undertaking your own independent historical research on a subject of your choosing.

What you will learn

  1. Unit 1 - The Making of a Superpower Part 1: From Civil War to World War

    • The Era of Reconstruction
    • The weaknesses of the Federal Government
    • Political corruption in the Gilded Age
    • Social, regional and ethnic divisions
    • Economic growth and the rise of corporations
    • Laissez Faire Dominance and Consequences
    • Foreign affairs and Isolationism
    • Populism, Progressivism and Imperialism, 1890–1920
  2. Unit 2 - The Wars of the Roses Part 1: The Fall of the House of Lancaster

    • The origins of the conflict, 1450-1459
    • The War of the Barons, 1459-1461
    • The Triumph of the Yorkists, 1461-1471
  3. Unit 3 - The Making of a Superpower Part 2: Crises and the Rise to World Power

    • Domestic Politics in the 1920s
    • Underlying economic problems
    • Government response to The Great Depression
    • Social change and development
    • The War and new opportunities
    • International Relations 1920-45
    • Crisis of identity, 1920–1945
    • The Superpower, 1945–1975
    • Domestic Politics, 1945-60
    • Domestic Politics, 1961-74
    • Economic Change & Developments, 1945-75
    • The USA and International Relations
  4. Unit 4 - The Wars of the Roses Part 2: The Fall of the House of York

    • ‘The Sun in Splendour’: The Reign of Edward IV, 1471–1483
    • The Downfall of the Yorkist Monarchy, 1483–1486
    • The End of the Yorkist Dynasty, 1486–1499
  5. Preparation for Paper 1K

    • Component One: Breadth Study
    • Component Two: Depth Study
    • Component Three: Historical Investigation

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Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive an A-level in History, issued by AQA. Your certificate is identical to that issued to students at any other school, college or university.

Oxbridge has chosen this syllabus (7042) because it is the best suited to online learning and we believe it provides the best chance of success.

How is this course assessed or examined?

You’ll be required to complete three assessments as part of this course:

Written Exams:

  • Paper 1: 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of A-level, 80 marks
  • Paper 2: 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of A-level, 80 marks

Non-Exam Assessment (NEA)

  • Coursework Task 1: 3,500-4,500 words, 20% of A-level, 40 marks

The exams contain questions linked to primary sources given and sources relevant to the period studied. The coursework is a personal study based on a topic of the student’s choice to be completed in their own time. Coursework is marked by a tutor and moderated by AQA.

Entry requirements

A GCSE or equivalent in History is recommended for this course. This History A-level syllabus is a difficulty level three: the equivalent difficulty of an A-level or BTEC, which is usually suitable for most learners of all ages.

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