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'll learn
Unit 1 - Component 1: Breadth study
In this section, you’ll explore significant historical developments over an extended period, studying the historical interpretations of events. You’ll cover ‘The Making of a Superpower: USA, 1865-1975′ and develop an understanding of the nature of causes and consequences, change and continuity and similarity and differences over a long period of time. You’ll also explore the links between political, economic, social, or religious perspectives.
Unit 2 - Component 2: Depth study
In this section, you’ll focus on ‘The Wars of the Roses, 1450-1499′. You’ll analyse historical change and development from a variety of perspectives and develop detailed knowledge and understanding of the roles of individuals, groups, ideas and ideologies across different time periods.
Unit 3 - Component 3: Historical Investigation
In this part of the A-level History course, you will choose a specific issue, theme, or development to study in-depth and develop a question of your own to be the focus of your Historical Investigation.
You might focus on issues that relate to international, national, or local developments, or focus on a specific historical perspective on cultural, social, or technological events or changes. This module aims to enhance your understanding of the nature and purpose of history as a discipline and develop your skills in presenting information and forming ideas.
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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.
How is this course assessed or examined?
You can enrol now for AQA A-level History examinations for Summer 2024.
You'll be required to complete three assessments as part of this course:
- 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.
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.