History AS Level Course

£ 276.24

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

Course Description

The History AS Level Course follows the Challenge and Transformation of Britain during Victorian and Edwardian periods (1851–1914) and also looks at America after the Second World War during its emergence as a superpower.

This home study course follows the new linear History AS Level syllabus. Students wanting to complete a full A Level should purchase a course from the A Level Course section of our website.

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 8 Tutor-Marked Assignments (known as TMAs) including a mock exam assignment.

Specification & Exams

Students can study for the AQA History 7041 AS Level Specification sitting exams in May/June 2021 and later years.


  • Paper 1: History 1 – Breadth Study (1 Hour 30 Minutes) is 50 marks in total (50% of AS level).
  • Paper 2: History 2 – Depth Study (1 Hour 30 Minutes) is 50 marks in total (50% of AS level).

The History AS Level Course Includes the Following Units:
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.


We will admit Candidates for AS 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
  • Oxford AQA History for A Level: Challenge and Transformation: Britain c1851-1964 by Alisa Fortune & Sally Waller (ISBN: 978-0198354666)
  • Access to History: Britain 1900-51 by Michael Lynch (ISBN: 978-0340965948)
  • Oxford AQA History for A Level: The American Dream: Reality and Illusion 1945-1980 by Mark Stacey & Sally Waller (ISBN: 978-0198354550)

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 AS Level Examination Centres and Exam Dates

All AQA specification AS 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:

AS 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 date for all subjects is 12 November 2021. Students can also aim for exams in Summer 2023 if that is their preference, providing the specification is still available.

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Additional information

Course Format

Paper Based Materials

Self-Study Time

Approximately 350 Hours (Self-Study)

Delivery Time

7 Working Days (Courier Service)