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  • A-Level History (Last Exam 2016)

    A Level History is the perfect course for those fascinated by ages gone by and how these have impacted the way we live today. It helps you become a better decision maker and develops your ability to read critically and construct powerful arguments.

    • Course Description

      A Level History

      Course code: HSAL08

      Delivery method: Paper based pack

      Course duration: 12 Months

      Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

      Award achieved: AQA A Level Government and Politics

      Awarding body: AQA

      A Level History is the perfect course for those fascinated by ages gone by and how these have impacted the way we live today. It helps you become a better decision maker and develops your ability to read critically and construct powerful arguments.

      If you have an interest in the past or want to study history or its related subjects at university level, then this is the ideal place to start. Understanding past generations, their struggles and lives, gives us a view of our own situations today with greater clarity.

    • History course overview

      A Level History covers some of the most interesting and dynamic periods of history including Britain from 1603-1642, the impact of Chairman Mao, Britain from 1918 to 1964 and Totalitarian Ideology. The course will encourage you to take a critical approach to historic events and develop your intellectual curiosity. This is a demanding and interesting course that will encourage your academic rigour.

      Upon successful completion of the exam and practical assessments (as administered by AQA), you will have achieved an internationally recognised AQA A Level History

      Skills gained

      • You will have a greater understanding of the past and the value of studying history to the present day.
      • You will gain an understanding of a wide range of British historical points, as well as some abroad and understand how these interlace.
      • You will develop critical reasoning skills necessary for higher education.

      Course outline

      This course is divided into 4 units:

      AS Level

      Unit 1: HIS 1D Britian 1603-1642

      Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes

      Unit 2: HIS 2O The impact of Chairman Mao

      Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

      A2 Level

      Unit 3: HIS 3J The state and people: Britain 1918-1964

      Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

      Unit 4: HIS 4X Totalitarian ideology in theory and practice


      Course content

      Unit 1: Change and consolidation

      Module 1: Change over time

      Module 2: How governments establish themselves

      Module 3: The need for change

      Unit 2: The impact of Chairman Mao

      Module 1: In depth study

      Module 2: Complexity of historical process

      Unit 3: The state and people

      Module 1: Change and continuity over 50 years

      Module 2: The state and the people

      Module 3: Interactions of issues

      Module 4: How this issue changes over time

      Unit 4: The totalitarian ideology

      Module 1: A historical enquiry

      Module 2: 100 year period

      Module 3: Focusing on significant issues or debate


      The AQA A Level History qualification is gained once all 3 exam papers are successfully completed along with coursework. The two exams make up the AS Level, the next exam and coursework comprise the A2 Level and together they form the A Level. These exams are administered by the AQA and assessment centre details will be included with your course, as well as practice papers so that you are more than prepared for your assessments. You will need to contact your local examination centre to work through your coursework requirements.

      In addition, there will be a number of tutor marked assessments (TMAs) to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the course materials, with the tutor sending comments to guide you through any areas of potential difficulty, as well as a range of self-assessments that are indicators that you understand the materials as you work through them. These are for your own information, and do not need to be shown to your course tutor.

      Method of study

      Paper based pack

      This course is currently available in paper-based format, therefore, you will receive the full course materials as well as a useful study guide.

      Your study guide is crammed full of tips and information to help you get the most out of the learning experience, student skills, techniques for writing your assessment answers and instructions for submitting your TMAs online for marking by your specialist tutor.

      Tutor support

      Our A Level courses come with tutor feedback and support by email for 24 months. However the last exam for this course is in 2016.

      They will mark your TMAs and provide valuable guidance through any trickier parts of the course whenever you need it. You will also receive a study guide to help you with all aspects of studying, essay writing and general student skills.

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      Paper Based

      If the course you have bought is paper based it will be despatched the next working day. You will receive a tracking email and a text with a 1 hour delivery slot.

      What do I do next?

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      Everyone at Absorb wishes you the best of luck on your studying journey! We know it’s both rewarding and challenging and ultimately what a difference that qualification will make to your career path and life.

      Good luck!