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A Level History

Course code: 9HI0

Delivery method: Online

Course duration: 24 Months

Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

Award achieved: Pearson Edexcel  A-Level History

Awarding body: Pearson Edexcel

The first time the full A Level exams can be taken is June 2017, the AS exams can be taken from June 2016.

History is a fascinating subject, where you can explore the past and it’s impact on today. It builds critical thinking and investigation skills which will benefit you both in higher education and as a life skill.

This great course will engage you and open up doors to further learning opportunities.

During this A-Level History course you will explore Russia, Mao’s China and then move to the UK to understand more about Protest, Agitation and Parliamentary Reform before working through the Cold War and it’s development and demise.

Upon successful completion of the exam and practical assessments (as administered by Pearson Edexcel) you will have achieved an internationally recognised Pearson Edexcel A-Level History.

  • Developing an enthusiasm for History
  • Use the concepts learned in a variety of contexts
  • Develop a critical and enquiring approach to the study of History
  • Acquire an understanding of historical study for example that history is concerned with the judgments based on available evidence and that these judgments are provisional
  • Develop you use and understanding of historical terms concepts and skills
  • Organise and communicate your historical knowledge and understanding in different ways

You must sit three examinations and submit a piece of coursework:

Paper 1: Breadth study with Interpretations – Russia 1917-1991 From Lenin to Yeltsin

Section A: One essay from a choice of two

Section B: One essay from a choice of two

Section C: One compulsory essay (source-based interpretations)

Exam length: 1 hour and 30 minutes, 30% of A-Level

Paper 2: Depth Study – Mao’s China 1949-1976

Section A: Question based on two pieces of source information provided (Compulsory)

Section B: One essay from a choice of two

Exam length: 1 hour and 30 minutes, 20% of A-Level

Paper 3: Themes in breadth with aspects in depth – Protest Agitation and Parliamentary Reform in Britain 1780 to 1928

Section A: Two part question based on two pieces of source information provide. Compulsory

Section B: Depth essay – one essay from a choice of two

Section C: Breadth essay (Targeting long-term change over 100 years) one essay from a choice of two.

Exam length: 2 hours 15 minutes, 30% of A-Level

Coursework option: The Cold War its development and its demise (1945-90)

Coursework requirements. Produce a detailed essay of approximately 3 to 4 thousand words on the subject matter above, with suggested questions provided. Student can break this into sections of write it as one continuous extended essay.

20% of A-Level

This course in divided into four units:

Unit 1:

Russia 1917-1991: From Lenin to Yeltsin

Unit 2:

Mao’s China 1949-1976

Unit 3:

Protest, Agitation and Parliamentary reform in Britain 1780-1928

Unit 4:

The Cold War, It’s Development and it’d Demise 1945-1990

The Pearson Edexcel A-Level History qualification is gained once all 3 exam papers are successfully completed along with coursework. These exams are administered by the Pearson Edexcel and assessment centre details will be included with your course, as well as practice papers so that you are more than prepared for your assessments. You will need to contact your local examination centre to work through your coursework requirements.

In addition, there will be a number of tutor marked assessments (TMAs) to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the course materials, with the tutor sending comments to guide you through any areas of potential difficulty, as well as a range of self-assessments that are indicators that you understand the materials as you work through them. These are for your own information, and do not need to be shown to your course tutor.

Online and Paper Based

The course is primarily an online course using a Learning Management System (LMS).

The online course has many features that cannot be printed such as embedded videos, forums and interactive tests.

The course includes Tutor Marked Assessments which you access and submit through the online system.

Our Self-Learning Courses let you choose when you want to learn and how fast you want to go. Our Course is designed for the self-study method, and most students are fine without help.

However, we understand every student is not the same, you can choose to add one year of tutor support for only £55 per year .You will receive tutor feedback and support by email for 12 months.

One-on-one Support:

One-on-one Tutors are available online across all subjects. All Tutors are fully qualified. When working one-on-one with a tutor, the child is the session’s focus. Individual students receive better and more personalised feedback. One-on-one tutoring can help you learn more than just the answer to a problem. Tutoring is flexible based on needs.

A personal tutor will take the time to understand the child’s strengths and weaknesses and work with them and their parents to establish common goals. The tutor will provide undivided attention to the student’s specific needs, adapting as necessary to achieve a common goal throughout the session.

One-on-one tutoring fees start from £30 per hour. Please get in touch with us if you need one-on-one tutor support.



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