History A Level Course

£ 456.41

Distance Learning Centres A Level History Course will help students to prepare for their AQA History A Level exams as a private candidate.

Course Description

The History A Level Course has been designed to help students understand the significance of historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time. This qualification will help students to gain a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives. The course will build on the understanding of the past taught at GCSE level through a balanced course of study.

Each lesson begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment questions. There are twenty Tutor-Marked Assignments (known as TMAs) which include three practice exam assignments.

Specification and Exams

The History A Level Home Study Course prepares candidates for the AQA History A Level (7042) Specification for examinations in May/June 2021 or later years. The History A level is assessed by two written exam papers and coursework.

  • Paper 1: History 1 – Breadth Study (2 Hours 30 Minutes) is 80 marks in total (40% of A-level).
  • Paper 2: History 2 – Depth Study (2 Hours 30 Minutes) is 80 marks in total (40% of A-level).
  • Coursework – A 3000-3500 word Historical Investigation is 40 marks in total (20% of A-level).

Please Note: The course fee includes the marking of coursework from your course tutor, although associated examination fees will need to be paid separately when you register for your exams. 

Coursework Authentication, Marking & Moderation:

This A level has coursework which will be marked by your course tutor. The marking of the coursework is included in the course fees. Due to Awarding Body guidelines, your tutor will now manage the authentication, marking and moderation of your coursework and operate as the initial entering examination centre. An exam board marking fee of approximately £110.00 will need to be paid to the tutor team when registering for the exams, which would usually be in the December/January before your chosen exam window.

Students will then need to find a host centre to sit their exams and a transfer of entry fee (£30.00) for the switch to a host exam centre. The host exam centre will then charge an administration fee for invigilation. This fee will vary between centres.

Coursework marking and examination fees have always been associated costs but a single centre would usually be responsible for all fees, but due to the introduction of NEA (Non-Examined Assessment) regulations, fees will now have to be split between the entering centre which will mark the NEA/coursework and the host centre which will administer the exam.

This essentially means a student completing an A Level specification with coursework will be paying an additional £30.00 for the exam transfer fee plus whatever administration fees are charged by the host centre.

History A Level Course Syllabus

The History A Level Home Study Course is Divided into Six Modules Containing 60 Lessons:

The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Making History; and History in the Age of the Internet.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Britain in 1851: Pride and Uncertainty; Social Challenges; Ireland 1845-1886; Mid-Victorian Boom – and Flight; The Working Classes and Self-Help; Party Politics 1851-1886; Play the Game: Victorian Sport; Education; Waning Power; The Working Class: Organisation and Representation; Ireland, 1886-1914; and Politics 1886-1906.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: The USA in 1945; The USA as a Superpower; Reconstruction and McCarthyism; Racial Tensions and Civil Rights 1945-52; Eisenhower; The US Economy in the 1950s; USA and the Cold War 1952-60; Racial Tensions and Civil Rights (2) 1952-60; JFK and the 1960 Election; Challenges to US Authority internationally, early 60s; JFK and Civil Rights; and The USA by 1963.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Edwardian Twilight: Liberal Britain, 1906-1914; The Impact of World War One; Post-War Challenges, 1919-1929; The Rise of Labour; The Role of Women, 1906-1939; Social and Cultural Change during the Inter-War Period; The Changing Political Landscape in the Inter-War Period; The Work of the National Government in dealing with Economic Crisis; The Policies and Personalities of the Wartime Coalition Government; The New Jerusalem: Labour 1945-51; Ireland, 1914-1964; and ‘Never Had it So Good’? Britain, 1951-1964.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: The following topics are covered: LB Johnson as President; Vietnam and US Foreign Policy; Racial Tensions and Civil Rights; Social divisions and protest movements; The 1968 Presidential election and its aftermath; The restoration of conservative social policies; Vietnam and the limits of American world power; The Watergate Affair; The Ford and Carter Presidencies; The position of the USA as a world power in the 1970s; Racial Tensions and Civil Rights; and The USA in 1980.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: The Founding Fathers and Slavery; Black Americans before the Civil War; Causes of the American Civil War; The Civil War and the End of Slavery; Presidential Reconstruction; Congressional or Radical Reconstruction; The Development of Jim Crow; The Supreme Court and Jim Crow; Black Agency; and Working on your Historical Investigation


We will admit Candidates for A Level Courses who have a minimum of 4 GCSE’s at grade C and above on the older grading system or 4 or above on the new grading system. For History this should ideally include a grade C/4 or above in English. It’s not necessary to have studied History at GCSE but this would also be benefitial.

Please Note: We cannot accept students who are under 16 years old on this course.

Additional Reading

History, more than any subject, requires you to read far more than a single supporting text.

The most essential books linked to this course are as follows:

  • AQA A-level History: Britain 1851-1964: Challenge and Transformation by Nick Shepley & Mike Byrne (ISBN: 978-1471837593)
  • Oxford A level History for AQA: Challenge and Transformation: Britain c1851-1964 by Ailsa Fortune (ISBN: 978-0198354666)
  • Oxford A level History for AQA: The American Dream: Reality and Illusion 1945-1980 by Mark Stacey (ISBN: 978-0198354550)
  • United States Civil War: causes, course and effects, 1840-77 by Alan Farmer (ISBN: 978-1444156508)

Please Note: We recommend purchasing any books after receiving your course materials to make sure there have been no revisions.

Duration & Support

Students will be supported until their chosen examination window. Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they should keep in regular contact. All tutors are fully qualified experienced teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. Most work from home and are able to offer flexible contact times. The tutor will contact students with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan. They will also let the student know the best ways and times for contact.

There is no limit on how often you can contact your tutor. The advice and encouragement our tutors provide are an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Post or Email. There are tutor-marked assignments (TMA’s) in every course. These help the student to consolidate their learning and prepare for examinations.

All tutors have a Freephone 0800 telephone number and most will have Skype capabilities. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.

AQA A Level Examination Centres and Exam Dates

All AQA specification A Level Exams must be taken at a registered examination centre as a private candidate. We offer course materials and tutor support although we don’t offer the examinations. An Examinations Officer can assist any registered student with finding centres and dealing with coursework forms, but we do not book exams on behalf of students and it is the students responsibility to book their own exams. 

Students are contacted in December/January and advised to start arranging their examinations. AQA have over 300 examination centres in the UK. If you would like to research exam centres prior to enrolment then you can visit the AQA page for private candidates which shows a small selection of centres set out geographically.

Private Candidates cannot complete AQA Specification Exams outside of the UK.

Examination Dates and Exam fees:

A Level exams are only available in the Summer examination window and examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre’s administration costs.

Please Note: The nearest examination window we can accept students aiming towards is now Summer 2022. 

The closing dates for courses which require coursework authentication (English Language, English Literature and History) will be 24 September 2021 and the closing date for other subjects is 15 October 2020. Students can also aim for exams in Summer 2023 if that is their preference, providing the specification is still available.

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UCAS Applications

Tutors can support registered students with their University application but this should be arranged in the previous year to sitting exams and prior to the below dates:

  • 1st August for Oxford or Cambridge
  • 1st December for all other Universities

There is a charge of £100.00 for supporting your application and providing predicted grades and a well-rounded reference which will incorporate something from each of your tutors and be specific to your application. The payment will be made before the required dates and any reference requests received after this date will incur an additional £50.00 penalty payment.

In order that your tutor has something on which to base a reference and/or predicted grade, you need to have done a MINIMUM of six assignments in each subject you are studying. More is better! Your tutor will want you to succeed so talk to them about your plans; it will help with your application if they know something about you.

If you are at school and are doing an A level as an addition to your school studies, then you will need to check with your school to make sure they will accept a predicted grade or some input into the reference that they are doing for you.

Additional information

Course Format

Paper Based Materials

Self-Study Time

Approximately 700 Hours (Self-Study)

Delivery Time

7 Working Days (Courier Service)