A' Level History (A2)
A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain an A Level in History. Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning A Level History is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for an exam through home study. What's more, because the distance learning A' Level History course is a fully comprehensive course, no prior knowledge is required.
History, as its name suggests, is a study of the past. It is certainly true to say that in order to understand the conflicts and difficulties of the present world you need to understand what has happened over previous years. Many of today’s politicians and world leaders are well aware of the events of the past and often use them as guidelines in dealing with present problems and crises. History encourages you to absorb and learn key facts and data before analysing which pieces of information are the most important and most significant. A key skill of any historian is to make an informed judgement on an important historical issue having weighed up all of the information and evidence available.
Objectives of the A' Level History(A2)
The objectives of the A-level History course is:
- To gain knowledge and understanding of the Modern World through direct study of the original sources.
- To encourage and develop an enthusiasm and appreciation of the events and personalities that shaped the Modern World.
- To give candidates the chance to form their own personal responses to the historical periods chosen for study.
- To further and enhance their historical analytical and evaluative skills through critical source examination and understanding of good historical method.
Your A' Level History (A2) Course:
The study of History is highly respected by Universities and employers alike who look favourably on applicants who can demonstrate the knowledge and skills developed in this subject.
- Study Time
- Key Topics
- Entry Requirements
- Home Study Support
- Home Study Resources
- Further Information
- What's Included
- Possible Career Path
Study Hours are an approximate figure and are dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.
The approximate amount of time required to complete the A' Level History (A2) course is: 1 Year / 150 Hours
There are 2 modules that make up A2 A-Level History. The modules are as follows:
Unit 3: Depth Studies and Associated Historical Controversies.
There are five option papers, A-E, in this unit. Each option includes two topics. Students are required to study one topic from one option paper.
- Option A: Revolution and Conflict in England
- Option B: Politics, Protest and Revolution
- Option C: The United States: Challenged and Transformed
- Option D: The Challenge of Fascism
- Option E: War and Peace: 20th Century International Relations
Unit 4: Historical Enquiry
At A2 Level there is a compulsory coursework unit but students can choose the area of History they study.There are 45 Edexcel approved and designed coursework programmes.By studying them on the link www.edexcel.com (or on pages 76-95 of the specification), you should choose an option that is appropriate in consultation with your course tutor.
PLEASE NOTE: All exams will be held during the May - June exam period.
This exam is worth 60% of the total marks available for the A2 GCE.
Written examination: 2 hours.
Each option paper will be divided into Sections A and B. Candidates will be required to answer the following from their chosen topic:
One question in Section A out of a choice of two (30 marks). The essay questions will have an analytical focus that will require candidates to reach a substantiated judgement on a historical issue or problem
One question in Section B out of a choice of two (40 marks). The question will require candidates to compare the provided source material while exploring an issue of historical debate, and to reach substantiated judgements in the light of their own knowledge and understanding of the issues of interpretation and controversy.
Unit 4 (coursework) is worth 40% of the total marks available for the A2 GCE.
Part A: An extended essay which addresses the question that was posed as the focus of the enquiry. The enquiry must provide evidence of students’ ability to:
- assess the significance of the chosen individual or event in the short term.
- use secondary sources of information, and use and evaluate source material contemporary to the period.
Part B: An extended essay which addresses the question which was posed as the focus of the enquiry. The enquiry must provide evidence of students’ ability to:
- identify relevant issues and make use of relevant reading and other data as appropriate in pursuit of the enquiry
- assess the significance of the chosen factor or event in the long term (at least 100 years) by linking the chosen factor, individual or event with other events and force for change in the period.
Entry RequirementsBasic English & Reading
The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about A' Level History and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and study further, so we try to keep our entry requirements to a minimum.
You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.
Home Study Support
You will be provided with online comprehensive materials, designed to provide you with everything required to complete your course of study. You will have your own personal tutor helping you with your course work and with any questions you may have. Plus you can contact our Student Advisors by email or phone for all the practical advice you may need – so we really are with you 100%.
Your tutor will give you various resource sites to visit and there is extra material in the Student Support Portal. In addition there are several supporting texts books for this course but again this depends on which approach you are following and which book best suits your individual needs
Home Study Resources
You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your course of study. Your course fee covers all textbooks, study folders, and/or online learning aids designed for distance learning.
This course is self-contained so you will not need to use any extra textbooks. However, you may find useful to read other books on this subject:
A2 Edexcel GCE History: A World Divided: Superpower Relations, 1944-90 (Heinemann, Published July 2009)
Edexcel GCE History - A2: Unit 4 Coursework Book’, Martin Collier & Rosemary Rees, (Edexcel, Published April 2009)
The title of the qualification as will appear on the certificate is:
A2 - A level in History.
Both AS and A2 level courses and examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A level.
PLEASE NOTE: All exams will be held during the May - June exam period.
Specification: Edexcel (AS) 8HI01 and Edexcel (A2) 9HI01
Possible Career Path
As an archaeologist you would study sites and objects to learn about the past. Depending on your specialist area, your work could include: identifying possible sites using methods such as aerial photography, field-walking and surveying, taking part in excavations ('digs'), usually as part of a team, recording finds and sites using photography, detailed notes and drawings, identifying and classifying finds, cleaning and preserving finds in a laboratory, using laboratory analysis, for example carbon dating, using computers to produce simulations of the way a site or artifact would have looked, preserving industrial artifacts and buildings, checking planning applications and identifying the impact of development on archaeological sites, making sure important sites, buildings and monuments are protected and preserved, classifying, displaying and looking after artifacts in a museum. You could also carry out research, write about your work for publication in books and journals, and/or teach in universities, colleges or schools. You could specialise in a particular geographical area (for example Egyptology), period of history (such as Roman) or type of artifact (for example pottery).
Find out more about the Job Role for Archaeologist .
Our online A-Level courses are fully digitised so you can study on any smart device. Your learning programme is completely flexible so you can study at a pace that suits you. All our content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective. Your course of study is broken down into units and sections, each of which contains lessons, activities and test papers. Courses are delivered on our Digital Learning Environment allowing you to study from anywhere on any smart device as long as you have access to the Internet. The course concludes by preparing you for examination using past papers in your chosen subject.
As a student, your course fee covers everything you will need to successfully complete the A' Level History (A2) home study course and earn your award:
- Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the A' Level.
- A full range of student services, including:
- Tutor marked assessments (TMAs)
- Access to the online student portal (Student Chat, Forums and Online Support Resources)
- NUS Extra Card (discounted membership)
You can also choose to pick from following while you are enrolling and avail the services at a highly discounted price for our students.
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For all students who successfully complete their course, you will be entitled to 25% off any future courses through eDistance Learning or it's partners.
Furthermore this offer will be extended to your family and friends.
Further InformationAward Level: A' Level (A2) Awarding Body: Edexcel (www.edexcel.com) Format: Online / Paper
If your course is being delivered online, please ensure you meet the minimum requirements below.
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Mac OS X, Mac OS 9.2 - Acrobat Reader 4.0 and above
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From time to time we may enrol our students with our partner sites; this is dependent on the number of students enrolling on a particular course and course material availability. If this happens, nothing changes for you other than the name of the college administering your course. We will continue to be your point of contact; you will get the exact same course you have enrolled on with the same high level of quality content and support.
This course can be enrolled upon by students internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.
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How is the course structured?
The A2 A' Level History course is divided into two comprehensive units:
The A2 Units
Unit 3: Depth Studies and Associated Historical Controversies. Option E: War and Peace: 20th Century International Relations
Option E2: A World Divided: Superpower Relations, 1944-1990
The focus of this unit is on the international relations in the late 20th
Century, chiefly between the two superpowers that emerged after the Second World War; the USA and the USSR, and the creation of a ‘bi-polar’ world.
- The continuation of the Cold War in the 1950s following the retirement of Truman and the death of Stalin despite the bid for improved relations on the part of the USSR.
- The concept of peaceful coexistence and the motivations for this concept by Khrushchev and the Soviet leadership, and why the USA under Eisenhower and his Secretary of State, Dulles, and later Kennedy and his staff, responded in the way they did.
- The importance of the Paris Summit, the U2 incident and the initial meetings of Kennedy and Khrushchev in Vienna.
- The impact on the west of the crushing of the Hungarian rising and the continuing tensions over Berlin.
- The impact on international relations of developments in weapons technology, including nuclear weapons development from the Soviet’s acquisition of fission technology in 1949, the explosion of the first hydrogen bomb in 1952 by the USA and the USSR’s gaining of H–bomb technology the following year.
- The importance of delivery systems and the strides made by both powers in rocket science and the resulting ‘balance of terror’.
- The importance of events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and its’ resolution and the signing of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and the establishment of the ‘hot line’.
- The relationship between the USSR and China and the impact of this on the USA’s relations with both countries.
- The reasons for the signing of the Soviet–Chinese Treaty of Friendship, Alliance and Mutual Assistance in February 1950 and the consolidation of the relationship as a result of the outbreak of the Korean War and confrontation between China and the USA in this war and also Taiwan.
- The deterioration in Soviet- Chinese relations from 1958 and the development of full-scale confrontation between the two by 1969
- ‘Ping-pong’ diplomacy, which culminated in Nixon’s visit to China.
- The period of improved relations, or détente between the USA and USSR during the 1970s - Why both the USA and the USSR wished to seek accommodation through the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty of 1972, the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty of the same year and the Helsinki Accords of 1975.
- The critics of détente in both superpowers and the liberalisation in eastern Europe and the USSR.
- The ‘economic realities’ refers to the increasing economic problems of the Soviet block in the 1970s and the economic resilience of the west.
- The reasons for the breakdown of détente with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the election of Thatcher Reagan.
You will use your knowledge of the period as a whole to provide a broad context but, in addition, you will need to develop detailed knowledge of the two issues selected as subjects of historical controversy for this unit;
The first controversy is the origins of the Cold War from the last year of the Second World War to Stalin’s death.
The second controversy is a study of the reasons for the sudden ending of the Cold War in the 1980s.
By the end of studying this unit you will be able to address these two controversies and apply what you have learned to aspects relating to these controversies.
Unit 4: Historical Enquiry
Each candidate wishing to obtain an A level in History through the Edexcel examination board must complete a coursework option. Within restrictions students can choose their own area of study. We provide guidelines as to how this coursework can be completed using the following topic areas;
The Middle East and the Arab- Israeli Conflict, c1900-2001
Focus: The changing relationships between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East, and the reasons for continuing conflict.
- Jewish settlement in Palestine, 1900-45.
- The creation of the state of Israel and its impact.
- Reasons for, and outcomes of, Arab-Israeli conflicts to 1973.
- Arab nationalism in the 1980s and 1990s and divisions in the Arab world.
Ireland and the Union, 1815–1998
Focus: The changing demands for alterations to the constitutional relationship between Ireland and Great Britain and the developing divisions between Catholic and Protestant communities in this period.
- The constitutional relationship between Britain and Ireland in the period to 1922.
- The leadership and objectives of the Catholic and Protestant communities in the period to 1922.
- The response of the British Government to pressure for change in Northern Ireland, 1922-98.
- Reasons for continuing division between communities in Northern Ireland from the Partition to the 1990s
The enrolment fee for the A' Level History (A2) home study course is £268.75, though for a limited time we are offering you the opportunity to pay only £215 which is a 20% discount if you enrol online and pay in full.
You can also opt for our Easy Payment Plan and enrol online today by paying a deposit of £53.75 and then 4 equal payments of £53.75 per month. The first instalment is paid about a month after you receive your course.
With online based study you can access the course online. You can then review them in your own time and complete the assignments which you are required to submit to your personal tutor for marking and feedback.
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