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GCSE History Course – AQA

GCSE History Course online.

Online Self-study GCSE in History with 12 months full support.

Mapped to the AQA specification.

Learn online to suit and book your own examinations when you are ready.

No set term times, we enrol 365 days a year. 

This course will provide you with exactly the same GCSE qualification as you would achieve by attending your local 6th Form College. 


Qualification: GCSE History
Support: 1-year support included - Fast track your learning
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year 
AQA Specification: Code 8145
Exams: Book your own exams 
Price: Interest-Free Finance
Type of Study: Study online or receive a paper copy 

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Course Details

Course Syllabus

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

Period Studies – Russia 1894-1942 Tsardom & Communism

  • The end of Tsardom
  • Lenin’s new society
  • Stalin’s USSR

Wider World Depth Studies – Conflict & Tension between East & West 1945-1972

  • The origins of the Cold War
  • The development of the Cold War
  • Transformation of the Cold War

Thematic Studies – Power & the People – C1170 to the present day

  • Challenging authority and feudalism
  • Challenging royal authority
  • Reform and reformers
  • Equality and rights

British Depth Studies Including the Historic Environment: Restoration England  – 1660-1685

  • Crown, Parliament, plots and court life
  • Life in restoration England
  • Land, trade and war
  • The historic environment of Restoration England

Entry Requirements

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


Course Duration

This GCSE Course comes with 12 months of support included:

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) – 200 Hours
Total Qualification Time (TQT) – 270 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 a GCSE in History you will be assessed across the sections displayed . All sections will be assessed by 2 paper-based examinations. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below:

Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World

Type: Written examination

Duration: 2 Hours

Weighing: 50% of the GCSE

Total Marks: 84 (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)

What’s assessed:

In Section A there is a choice of four period studies, each with a focus on two key developments in a country’s history over at least a 50 year period. Six compulsory questions (40 marks)

In section B there is a choice of five wider world depth studies. These focus on international conflict and tension. Four compulsory questions (40 marks).

Plus 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar

Paper 2: Shaping the Nation

Type: Written examination

Duration: 2 Hours

Weighing: 50% of the GCSE

Total Marks: 84 (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)

What’s assessed:

In Section A there is a choice of three thematic studies, which look at key developments in Britain over a long period. Four compulsory questions (40 marks)

In section B there is a choice of four British depth studies incorporating the study of a specific historic environment. Four compulsory questions (40 marks)

Plus 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar

Additional Examination Fees

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

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 area. (It’s worth it)
You can view a list of official AQA 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. (6 months minimum recommended)

Your contract with us is for the course and support only. We will not refund you outside of the 14 day 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!

Payments plans - Guaranteed acceptance*

Select whether to pay in full upon enrolment or opt to pay a deposit and spread the cost with our Interest free payment plan.  *Guaranteed acceptance for those who meet the following conditions: 

Example: Based on a Max finance agreement of £600

Aged 21 and above (Maximum age 75)
Minimum income of £7,200 PA (£600.00 PCM) 
Permanent resident in the UK for a min of 3 years
Be able to provide 3 years of address history from the UK
Have a UK bank account that accepts direct debits
Hold a valid UK credit or debit card
You are not bankrupt or in an IVA. 

Under 21 – We will require a willing parent, guardian or family member to take out the finance for your studies on your behalf. 

Please note: We do not carry out credit checks if you meet the above criteria. You may be asked for evidence of income. 

Alternative payment plans may be available for those that do not meet these conditons. Please speak to a member of our team who will be happy to assist on 0121 792 3872. 

Applicants choosing the monthly option will be required to complete and sign a financial agreement for the remaining payments.  All payments to be set up via direct debit.  We are only able to set up monthly payments for students resident in the UK. 

Please note: Once a payment plan is set up, you are liable to pay the course fees in full whether you complete the course or not.  Please ensure the monthly repayments are affordable before agreeing to any payment plan offered. 

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Please note: Any request to cancel outside the 14 days cancellation period will be declined. 

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