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A Level History

OSC1288 / OSC1307

Study this A Level History course from home and earn up to 56 UCAS points. We have a 94% pass rate** with our A Levels!

Gain an official A Level History qualification from Edexcel.

Course duration

Up to two years.

Course outcome

A Level History qualification from Edexcel.

Entry requirements

We recommend that you have a grade 4/C in GCSE History, however, this is not essential.

Assessment

Three paper-based exams and coursework.

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Course overview

  • Gain an official A Level History qualification from Edexcel.
  • Achieve up to 56 UCAS points to help you land your dream place at university.
  • Nationally recognised accredited A Level qualification that is the same course offered in schools and colleges.
  • No waiting around for term to start, you can enrol today and start studying as soon as you are ready.
  • Study this online A Level from home at your own pace.
  • Benefit from the full support of your personal tutor via email.
  • Choose to include exams and save up to £400*.

During this A Level History course, you’ll study the key political, social, and economic features of the communist rule in twentieth-century Russia; the transformation of communist China and the effects on China today; and the relationship between authority and mass agitation in England.

Depending on the degree and future career you aspire to, the A Levels we recommend that you study alongside this course are A Level Philosophy, A Level Politics, and A Level Sociology.

A Level History via distance learning

This A Level History course is exactly the same as an A Level you would study at school or college, meaning you will take the same exams and get the same qualification. The only difference is that our courses are designed to be studied from home at your own pace, and you will receive full tutor support via email.

Course content

Edexcel qualification code: 9HI0

  • Communist government in the USSR 19017-1985
  • Industrial and agricultural change 1917-1985
  • Control of the people 1917-1985
  • Social developments 1917-1985
  • The fall of the USSR 1985-1991

  • Establishing communist rule
  • Agriculture and industry 1949-1965
  • The cultural revolution and its aftermath 1966-1976
  • Social and cultural changes 1949-1976

  • 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

Exam details

  • Type: written examination
  • Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Weighting: 30% of A Level
  • Assessment format: three essay questions

  • Type: written examination
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Weighting: 20% of A Level
  • Assessment format: three essay questions

  • Type: written examination
  • Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Weighting: 30% of A Level
  • Assessment format: two-part question, depth essay and a breadth essay

  • Type: coursework
  • Weighting: 20% of A Level
  • Assessment format: detailed essay of approximately 3,000-4,000 words

Extra information

You will have two years to complete your A Level History course.

The only deadlines involved in studying this course are concerning the A Level exam timetables. Please see the exams and assessments section for more information on this.

To achieve your A Level History qualification, you must complete the exams. There are three written exams and one piece of coursework for this course which will cover the topics studied on this course. A breakdown of the exam papers can be found in the following section.

When you enrol on your course, you will have the option to add your exams and coursework marking to your enrolment, or you can select the course-only option.

Choosing to add the exams package

If you choose to add your exams to your enrolment, all you need to do is contact us when you are ready to sit your exams, we will book and pay for them and your coursework marking on your behalf. Please note that the A Level exam timetable typically takes place during May and June each year. You are advised to contact us well in advance of when you intend to sit your exams so that we can confirm your place with the exam board – cut-off dates apply.

Please note, our A Level exam centre locations for this course are as follows:

  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Coventry
  • Doncaster
  • Bolton
  • Wimbledon
  • Taunton
  • St Neots, Cambridgeshire
  • High Wycombe
  • Romford
  • Belfast

The course-only option

If you do not add your exams to your enrolment, you will be responsible for booking and paying for your exams and arranging your coursework marking yourself. If you select this option, you must source and liaise with your chosen exam centre in order to book your exams and coursework marking, Open Study College will not be able to book your exams for you. In this instance, you are advised to contact Pearson Edexcel exam centres well in advance of their intended exam dates, as cut-off dates sometimes change.

This course will be studied entirely via distance learning, meaning you will complete your learning either from home or a place that suits you. Full tutor support will be available via email, so if you have any questions or need some guidance, your tutor will be here to help. Your course materials will include a series of self-assessment exercises and tutor-marked questions to allow both yourself and your tutor to monitor your progress.

The study method you choose depends on your personal learning style. Your options are:

  • Study pack: if you choose the study pack option, you will be sent a set of printed course materials.
  • Study online: if you choose this option, you will be sent your login details to our online portal through which you will access your course materials digitally. You can access your course via a desktop/laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Upon successful completion of your exams, you will be awarded an A Level History qualification issued by Edexcel. You will also receive UCAS points relevant to the grade you achieved to support your university application.

Degrees this subject could lead to

After completing your History A Level, you could progress to study a degree in subjects such as geography, history, philosophy, sociology, politics, or archaeology.

Future career options

You’ll gain valuable knowledge and skills during your studies that will come in useful for future careers in:

  • Public services
  • Law
  • Tourism
  • Conservation
  • Museum curation

The final grade you achieve in your A Level will be translated into UCAS points. Based on your grade, you will be awarded up to 56 points per A Level which can then be added together to reach the UCAS points you need to be accepted by your chosen university.

To help you achieve the best possible grade from home, we recommend that you complete the tutor-marked assessments included in your course materials. These are designed to provide you with detailed feedback to help you fine-tune your technique before you sit your exam. Completing your tutor-marked assessments will also help your tutor to provide you with a predicted grade if this is required for your UCAS application.

To find out more about Open Study College, the A Levels we offer and how they work, download our A Level prospectus.

FAQs

Yes, you will study the same course, take the same exams and get the same qualification. The only difference is that our courses are designed to be studied from home at your own pace, and you will receive full tutor support via email.

We recommend that you have at least a grade 4 (equivalent to a grade C) in GCSE History, however, this is not essential.

When you enrol on this A Level course with OSC, you will receive:

  • Dedicated personal tutor support with unlimited email access.
  • Dedicated learner services from our learner services team.
  • Course materials with learning activities.
  • Assignment marking and feedback from your personal tutor.
  • A predicted grade on completion of your tutor-marked assignments, if required for your university application.
  • A free CV critique service and employability guide if you’re focusing on career advancement.
  • A free Student Discounts membership to save you money on your favourite brands.
  • A study pack including a pen, study planner, and notebook*.
  • If you choose to add exams to your enrolment with an A Level package, then your exam fees and coursework marking will be included. We will also handle the booking on your behalf. Otherwise, you will need to book your exams and coursework marking yourself.

* Not included with the online study option

We recommend the following textbooks to help you with your studies, however, they are not essential for the completion of the course:

  • Edexcel AS/A Level History, Paper 1 and 2: Communist states in the 20th century Student Book + ActiveBook
  • Edexcel A Level History, Paper 3: Protest, agitation, and parliamentary reform c1780-1928 Student Book + ActiveBook

Yes, in order to achieve your A Level qualification, you must complete the exams and coursework required by the course’s exam board. A Level exams take place during the summer exam period which typically falls in May and June each year.

You can choose to add your exams to your enrolment with us, in which case we will book and pay for your exams for you when you are ready. Alternatively, if you choose the course-only option, you will be responsible for booking and paying for your exams and coursework marking which can be done directly with your local exam centre.

Please note: if you add on exams you will need to sit these exams in either the Birmingham, Coventry, Doncaster, Bolton, Wimbledon, Taunton, or St Neots (Cambridgeshire) examination centre.

If you select the course-only option when enrolling on your A Level, you will need to book directly with the exam centre and pay for your exams and coursework marking yourself. We highly recommend researching your options before enrolling as costs can vary between centres. However, if you choose to add the exams package to your enrolment, we will take care of booking and paying for your exams and coursework marking for you when you are ready. You may want to purchase textbooks to supplement your course, but this is entirely optional.

You are still able to study our A Level courses abroad, however, you must sit your exams within the UK at an official exam centre.

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Learner Services Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you're 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our team of education specialists a call on 03300 563 100 and they'll do their best to help.

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