A-Level History Course – Edexcel


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    This online A-Level History self study course covers the brand new specification, understanding the past is key to decoding the present. This makes our A-Level History course interesting and engaging, providing detailed insights into modern British history, as well as developing key analytical and research skills.

    The completion of this course equates to the fulfilment of a full A-level.

    This specification is designed to:

    • Promote understanding of the past and the value of a historical study 
    • Allow greater freedom at AS by providing a substantial British element at A2
    • Provide breadth and depth of study in a coherent programme 
    • Develop skills for further education and work

    Qualification: A-Level History (9HIO)
    Accredited: Yes
    QCF Recognised: Yes
    Awarding Body: Edexcel
    Start Date: Anytime – We enrol 365 days a year
    Duration: Flexible – Approx 700 Hours – 2 years support
    UCAS Points: Dependant on Grades

    This course is also available as a Fast Track A Level History option allowing learners to complete in under a year. 

    Course Syllabus

    Learners will complete 4 units of study in total as listed below.

    UNIT 2: MAO’S CHINA 1949-1976

    View Official Edexcel specification here


    Entry Requirements

    There are no previous qualifications required to register for this course.

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

    Edexcel AS/A-Level History, Paper 1&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

    Course Duration

    This course comes with 24 months of support included:

    Guided Learning Hours (GLH) – 360 Hours
    Total Qualification Time (TQT) – 700 Hours

    Tutors & Support

    All learners have access to a qualified tutor via email for the stated support period. In addition to this, you are able to speak to our support team via telephone with any query you may have relating your course.

    Our tutors and support team have years of experience in delivering online and distance learning courses. If you require help, then we are only a phone call away.


    To achieve the full History A-Level you must take the exams. These will be assessed across the four units. All units will be assessed by three paper-based examinations and coursework. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below:

    Paper 1: Breadth study with Interpretations-Russia 1917-1991: From Lenin to Yeltsin (Code: 1E)
    Type: Written examination
    Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
    Assessment format: 3 Essay questions

    Paper 2: Depth study – Mao’s China 1949-1976 (Code: 2E.1)
    Type: Written examination
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
    Assessment format: 3 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
    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
    Assessment format: Detailed essay of approximately 3-4,000 words

    Please note that if you choose to study this A Level you will have to sit your exams in one of our recommended centres. This is due to the administrative arrangements for submitting coursework.

    Examination Fees

    As a private candidate, it is the student’s responsibility to arrange their own examinations and practical assessment if required. This is not part of the service offered by UK Open College.

    Please note that if you choose to study this A-Level you will have to sit your exams in one of our recommended centres. This is due to the administrative arrangements for submitting coursework.

    This should be done prior to enrolment with us. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the necessary arrangements in place & confirmed.

    Fees for these services can vary hugely from centre to centre. It may be worth travelling out of the area. (It’s worth it)
    You can view a list of official Edexcel approved examination centres here 

    The later you leave it to arrange, the more expensive it can be. At times, it can be impossible to arrange so plan ahead. (8 months minimum recommended)

    Your contract with us is for the course and support only. We will not refund you outside of the 14 days cooling-off period if you have not confirmed these arrangements with your selected centre.

    Enquire & confirm with your chosen centre, do not leave it to chance!

    UCAS Points & Predicted Grades

    All of our A Levels will provide you with UCAS points upon successful completion of your examinations. The amount you receive will depend on the grade achieved as detailed below. Tutors can also provide predicted grades for university based on your completed assessments within the course.

    The majority of our A Levels will require a minimum of 3 completed assignments and correspondence to provide a predicted grade. We would advise you register for your course 3 months in advance of when you need a predicted grade for.  Eg: if you require a predicted grade for January, then you should enrol in Sept and aim to compete the 3 tutor marked assessments by December. 

    A* 56
    A 48
    B 40
    C 32
    D 24
    E 16


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