A-Level History

  • Course Code: BA138

Develop a broad knowledge of modern history, from home!

  • Gain the skills to analyse and discuss past and future periods of history.
  • Develop an extensive knowledge base covering history of the East and West, including the French Revolution and Chairman Mao of China.
  • Learn how to become critical of current actions, knowing how similar actions have ended in the past.

Special discount - Enrol on 2 A-levels and get the third for only £150.*

*Offer applies to selected A-Levels only.

Course Content

AS Level

Unit 1: Consolidation & Change

  • Britain, 1603 - 1642

Unit 2: Historical Issues: Periods of Change

  • The impact of Chairman Mao, China 1946 - 1976

A2 Level

Unit 3: The State and The People: Change & Continuity

  • The State and the people: Britain 1918 - 1964

Unit 4: Historical Enquiry

  • Totalitarian Ideology in Theory and in Practice, c1848-c1941


  • Unit 1: Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Unit 2: Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Unit 3: Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Unit 4: Coursework

Course Duration

You will have until June 2016 to complete this A-level. This is plenty of time, allowing you to progress through each module at a comfortable pace.

Study Method

The course is designed for study by distance learning at home or at work. Students receive a course manual and study guide plus tutor support by email. Your A-level course materials will be sent out in the post and once you enrol on this A-Level course.

Throughout the course there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked questions, to enable you to monitor your progress. You will receive envelopes in order to submit your assignments.


This course prepares students for A-Level History for examination in 2011 and later years. Once you have successfully completed the examinations you will receive an A-Level in History.

Course Questions & Answers

Q: Is this the same as an A-Level from a School or College?

Yes! You study the same coursework, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The difference is that the course is designed to be studied from home and our expert tutor support is available via email.

Q: What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You will preferably have a reasonable grade GCSE or "O" Level in History as the concepts in the A-Level History course follow on and use some of the knowledge you will have gained, this is not essential and don't be discouraged if you don't have this qualification already.

Q: Is there a time limit for completion of this course?

You will have until June 2016 to complete this A-level. This is plenty of time, allowing you to progress through each module at a comfortable pace.

Q: What is included in the cost of my course?

  • Student record bag
  • Pen
  • Study guide
  • Comprehensive study notes
  • Personal tutor support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Accreditation

Q: Do I have to sit an exam?

Yes, you will need to take the standard A-Level examinations in order to fully complete this course. The examinations run on specific dates which can be obtained by visiting the AQA website. You will be required to book these examinations yourself and so we can provide a list of A-Level test centres around the country.

Q: What if I cannot find a local examination centre?

You may be required to travel to find an examination centre. But as A-levels are such a well-regarded qualification, it is worth the effort.

Q: How much are the examination fees?

These can vary so we would advise you to check with your chosen centre prior to enrolment.

Q: Are there any additional costs?

You may want to purchase additional recommended books and you will generally be required to pay a fee to take your examinations at the examining centre that you choose.

Q: What if I live outside the UK?

You are still able to study this A-Level course but must take the examinations within the UK as this is the only guaranteed way to access examining centres.

Q: What do I do if I still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

Reviews for this course

Jessica Simmons, Bristol

I've only just started my History course with Open Study College and so far haven't had to contact my tutor for support. The learning material got to me very quickly and is all easy to understand and take notes from.

I am enjoying studying so far. I was very pleased with the bag, mouse pad and pen that came with the learning material. If i had a friend looking to take a distant learning course i would definitely recommend Open Study College to them.

""Very useful information""
Nathan Chamberlain, Hitchin

Really good, very useful information and activities.

""Really enjoyable""
Tara Bellis, Camberley

Very informative course materials. Only started a few weeks ago and will be looking to send off my first assessment soon. Really enjoyable.

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