A Level History


This A Level qualification is a must for all individuals who have an interest in the past and can recall specific dates and activities that took place through the centuries. Your study journey will take you back to the crusades and bring you right up to date with the making of modern Britain. If you are on a quest for knowledge, look no further than this qualification. You can be assured of an excellent learning experience and a transferrable qualification to add to your CV.

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About This Course

Imagine being to study a course on your own terms. No classes. No deadlines. No stress. Simply the freedom to choose when, where and how you study, and when you take your exams.

Our home based A Level History course is designed to give you this type of flexibility.

In one compact package, you can receive the exact same course materials and examinations as your college counterparts; without any of the limitations of classes, set deadlines and exam stress. Instead, you can remain in complete control of how your journey progresses.

In fact, this new A Level has been updated to meet the latest academic specifications and content, meaning you can confidently enrol onto this 2 year course, safe in the knowledge that you are getting a nationally recognised qualification on your own terms.

We aim to make your educational journey easy, so whether you are looking to get back into studies or simply want to boost your CV credentials; our home based course can help you to embrace your passion for History and get you the UCAS points you want.

From understanding the inner thinking and actions of Mao, to breaking down parliamentary reform; you can delve into these moments of history and acquire a deeper understanding of the events that prompted them and their ultimate outcome.

Course Benefits

Split into 4 intense units, each unit is designed to enrich your knowledge and understanding, whilst providing you with a unique perspective on different periods of history.

By the end of this course, you will be able to demonstrate your knowledge, comprehension and competency of history, as well as be able to provide accurate accounts and interpretations of the events, their causes and their consequences.

With this course you can:

  • Gain up to 56 UCAS points to be used in your university applications.
  • Study at your own pace and time, free of deadlines.
  • Choose when to take your exams – ensuring you’re always ready and prepared.
  • Fit your studies around your existing work commitments.

Course Units

Unit 1: Russia 1917-1991- from Lenin to Yeltsin

  • Communist Government in the USSR 1917-1985
  • Industrial and Agricultural Change 1917-1985
  • Control of the People 1917-1985
  • Social Developments 1917-1985
  • The Fall of the USSR 1985-1991

Unit 2: Mao’s China 1949-1976

  • Establishing Communist Rule
  • Agriculture and Industry 1949-1965
  • The Cultural Revolution and its Aftermath 1966-1976
  • Social and Cultural Changes 1949-1976

Unit 3: Protest, Agitation and Parliamentary Reform in Britain 1780-1928

  • Radical Reformers 1790-1819
  • Chartism 1838-1850
  • Contagious Diseases Acts and the Campaign for their Repeal 1862-1886
  • The Women’s Social and Political Union 1903-1914
  • Trades Union Militancy 1915-1927

Unit 4: The Cold War, its Development and its Demise 1945-1990


To complete this A Level you will be assessed across all 4 units through the use of 3 paper based written examinations. Each of these examinations will test your knowledge and analytical skills, whilst also seeking to challenge your interpretation and understanding of the events taught in the course materials.

Paper 1: Breadth study with Interpretation – Russia 1917-1991: From Lenin to Yeltsin – this 2 hour 15 minute written examination carries 30% of the weight of your A Level grade and comprises of 3 essay questions.

Paper 2: Depth Study – Mao’s China 1949-1976 – this 1 hour 30 minute written examination carries 20% of the weight of your A Level grade and comprises of 3 essay questions.

Paper 3: Themes in breadth, with aspects in depth – Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain 1780-1928 – this 2 hour 15 minute written examination carries 30% of the weight of your A Level grade and comprises of two-part questions, a depth essay and a breadth essay.

Coursework option: The Cold War, its development and its demise (1945-1990) – this detailed 3,000-4,000 essay carries 20% of the weight of your A Level grade.

Please note: should you choose to do this A Level course you will need to sit your exams within one of our recommended centres, as administrative arrangements will need to be made for the submission of your coursework.

To fully complete this course, you will need to take the standard A Level examinations. They are held on specific dates; however this information can easily be found on the Edexcel website.

You will need to book these examinations yourself, and they will come with a fee that is separate from the cost of this course.

Required Knowledge

There is no requirement to have past qualifications or knowledge of the area to enrol on this course.

The following textbooks – whilst not vital – can be used to assist your studies:

Edexcel AS/A Level History, Paper 1 & 2: Communist States in the 20th Century (Student books and Activebook)

Edexcel A Level History, Paper 3: Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform c1780-1928 Student Handbook

Both of these can easily be purchased from reputable booksellers.

Awarding Body

Upon completion of this course you will receive an A Level in History issued by Edexcel.


We strongly believe in creating a strong foundation of support for our students, so whilst your studies may be home based, you will never have to struggle or feel alone.

From the continuous support, encouragement and feedback of your personal tutor, who will help you to improve your scores through the use of self-assessment exercises and tutor marked study questions, to our student support team; no matter your question, query or concern, help is just a click away.

Similarly, you will be provided with a comprehensive study guide, course pack and course materials – essentially all of the tools you could ever need to achieve success on this course.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is a question that our team are often asked, there are many reasons but here are the main reasons to choose Association of Learning:

  • No hidden charges, the price you see includes everything, from VAT, tutoring to certification
  • Our average tutor marking time is 3 working days (most providers are 10+)
  • We are rated 5/5 for our service on Trustpilot!
  • Our courses are up to date. Many providers create course content and fail to keep it up to date.
  • We are open later than any other home learning provider
  • As many submissions as you need to complete, many providers cap how many times you can submit work
  • All courses are fully endorsed by external awarding organisations
  • 14 day money back guarantee or course switch.

If you need any more reasons to choose Association of Learning, contact our team!

All students are provided with 12 months to complete their course, however you are able to complete at a faster pace without any additional costs. Some of our students have managed to complete in as little as 3 months!

There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to spread the cost of your course over a 10 month period.

If you choose to pay using a payment plan, to apply you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

No, all of our courses are distance learning which means your tutor will mark your work and send it back to you via email or by using our online portal.

Unlike other providers, Association of Learning use a fast-track system to get your certificate to you within six weeks (our average is two weeks).


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