A Level History

Course Codes

OSC1288 / OSC1307

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

  • 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.
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Course overview

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.

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

A Levels 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 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.

Course content

Edexcel qualification code: 9HI0

Extra info

Course duration

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.

Exams and assessments

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 on 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 that if you choose to add on your exams with us you will need to sit your exams in either the Birmingham, Bolton, Doncaster, or London examination centre. This is due to the administrative arrangements for submitting coursework.

The course only option

If you do not add your exams on 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.

Study method

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.

Course outcome

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.

UCAS

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.

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

Exam details

Paper 1: breadth study with interpretations - Russia 1917-1991: from Lenin to Yeltsin (code: 1E)

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

Paper 2: depth study - Mao's China 1949-1976 (code: 2E.1)

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

Paper 3: themes in breadth, with aspects in depth - protest, agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain 1780-1928 (code: 36.1)

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

Coursework option: The Cold War, its development and its demise (1945-90) (code: 04)

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