A Level History Fast Track Course (VALID 2020 EXAM & ONWARDS)

A Level History fast track course: This course covers the brand new spec introduced in september 2015. 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 fulfilment of a full A-level. Read on to find out more about our History A Level distance learning course and how you can learn with our amazing materials and support.

This specification is designed to:

Promote understanding of the past and the value of 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 
UCAS Points: Dependant on Grades

View full specification here

A Level Exam - Vaild May/June 2020 & Onwards

Course fees include course lessons tutor support.

(Exam fees not included. These are payable direct to your chosen examination centre)

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A Level History Fast Track Course (VALID 2020 EXAM & ONWARDS)

A Level History Fast Track Course (VALID 2020 EXAM & ONWARDS)

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Course Fee: Starting at: £399.00

What's included in the fees?

1: Printed course materials/course pack or online access (Select at checkout)
3: Tutor support via email
4: Assignment feedback and marking

What's not included in the fees?

1: Associated examination fees
2: Practical assessments - Where applicable
3: Optional study texts - recommended reading
4: Delivery if paper format selected

One of the biggest concerns for any potential student is the financial commitment involved. UK Open College recognise this and have implemented a pay as you study plan to assist students in spreading any fees involved with their course over a manageable period of time. Students are able to pay a deposit upon enrolment followed by a monthly repayment over a set period of time.

We would encourage students to view any related fees as an investment in their future. The majority of investments will provide a rewarding return over a set period of time. Once qualified and in employment students can expect a fantastic return on their investment year after year.

We offer all UK Based students guaranteed acceptance onto this scheme* upon completion of a signed student agreement. Shortly after paying your deposit our accounts department will contact you direct via telephone to gather the required information to complete the agreement. Once received we will forward a digital document via email for your signature. 

*Contact details, employment details and valid UK bank details with the ability to set up direct debit are required for all students applying for our pay as you study plan. If students are unable to provide this information any application may be declined. 

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Minimum of GCSE grade C or above.

To sit Edexcel examination students must register as a private candidate with an approved examination centre prior to enrolment - Do not enrol until you have confirmed exam availability/fees with your chose centre

View a list of UK Exam Centres here

If the centres listed are unable to accomodate you or are unsuitable for any reason we have agreements with the centres listed below that may be able to help. It really is worth the effort to travel if need be.

Recommended Exam Centres 

English Maths Science Tuition Centre Ltd.
40 Showell Green lane
Birmingham, B11 4JP
England United Kingdom

Tel: 0121-771-1298




3A Tutors Ltd
1A High Street
Staple Hill
Bristol BS16 5HA

Tel: 0117 9109931
Email: enquiries@3at.org.uk

Note: The contract for sitting exams  is between you and your chosen centre. We advise students to contact 2 or 3 centres and compare charges as they will vary before the enrol.

Please be advised that all students are advised to check and confirm availability and examination fees prior to enrolment. UK Open College has no control over availabilty or exam fees charged. 

AQA A Level History

UCAS points awarded upon grades achieved.  Visit UCAS here

Edexcel are one of the largest awarding bodies within the UK. Predominantly aimed at 14-19 year old students sitting A levels and GCSE's for the first time or mature students generally looking to retake or achieve UCAS points for a university application. Edexcel provides students with a fully recognised qualification as provided by any further education college.

To sit Edexcel examination students must register as a private candidate with an approved examination centre prior to enrolment. Please check availability and exam fees direct with your chosen centre.



Course duration will vary dependant on student commitment, effort and ability. Overall guided learning hours are approx 700. This should be used as a guideline only and completion times will vary hugely.We would encourage students to seriously consider how they plan to complete their chosen course prior to enrolment. Students should think about how they are going to study, where they are going to study and how often. Be realistic! 

Speak to family members and help them to understand what you are trying to achieve, explain you may require peace and space to study at certain times. The more you involve them the more likely you are to get them on your side. Students are reminded that the time in which they complete is purely down to them as an individual.

Coursework completion can be as quickly or as slowly as you wish within the tuition period, however examination dates are not flexible and are set by the awarding body. If you require additional time to complete an extension may be available. Extensions are not available on fast track courses.


Students are able to select how they wish to study.

Paper based: Receive your course pack in the post in hard copy and correspond direct with your tutor via email


Online: Access our premium online cloud based learning system where you are able to access all of your course lessons, assignments and tutor correspondence in one place. Download the APP and access your course information on any device from anywhere in the world with an internet signal. Whichever way you choose to study is up to you.!

Please be advised students cannot choose both methods/formats. You will be required to select your preferred method at checkout.

In order to acheive this qualification you must sit three written examinations and submit a piece of coursework, details of which can be seen below. Booking exams is the responsibility of the student. Any and all exam fees will be paid by the student directly to their chosen exam centre.

Paper One: Breadth study with Interpretations-Russia 1917-1991: From Lenin to Yeltsin (Code: 1E)

  • Section A: One essay from a choice of two
  • Section B: One essay from a choice of two
  • Section C: One compulsory essay (source-based interpretations)

2 hours 15 minutes in total. (*30% of total for A Level qualification)

Paper Two: Depth study - Mao's China 1949-1976 (Code: 2E.1)

  • Section A: Question based on two pieces of source information provided. No choice (compulsory)
  • Section B: One essay from a choice of two.

1 hour 30 minutes in total. (*20% of total for A Level qualification)

Paper Three: Themes in breadth, with aspects in depth - Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain 1780-1928 (Code: 36.1)

  • Section A: Two-part question based on two pieces of source information provided. No choice (compulsory)
  • Section B: Depth essay- one essay from a choice of two.
  • Section C: Breadth essay (*targeting long-term change over 100 years)- one essay from a choice of two.

2 hours 15 minutes in total. (*30% of total for A Level qualification)

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

Coursework requirements: Produce a detailed essay of approximately 3-4,000 words on the subject matter above, with suggested questions provided. Students can break this into sections or write it as one continuous extended essay.

(*20% of total for A Level qualification)

Further information on all units see course specification

Assignment Information

Throughout the course there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked questions, to enable students to monitor their progress

Past Papers

Visit Edexcel website and download specimen papers here 

Students are able to sit a standalone AS paper as a measurement/guide of their progress if required. However this will incur additional exam fees with your centre. This will be available in May/June 2016 if required. This will not count towards your overall A Level exam and is purely available for students who wish to test their progress. (England only) 

For students in Northern Ireland and Wales the AS will continue to count. 

In order to help students with the terms and conditions of their enrolment we have tried to keep things simple and easy to understand. No jargon or small print. Our full terms and conditions can be viewed here.

In our experience the main and most important part of these terms for our students is the cancellation & returns policy. So let’s explain these clearly to avoid any misunderstanding.

Firstly, we would request that students check the course syllabus and content immediately upon receipt. This is vitally important. Please ensure that any qualification awarded at the end of your course meets your needs. If in doubt call us on 0121 288 0181 to check before you enrol.

If for any reason you wish to cancel and return your course to us for a refund you are welcome to do so as long as you notify us within 14 days of receipt at the delivery address. Please email accounts@ukopencollege.co.uk stating your name, address, invoice number requesting to cancel. We will then respond to you with further instruction. If you have received a hard copy of your course you will be required to return this at your own cost via courier/recorded delivery before a full refund will be issued. If you have paid a deposit and signed a student agreement, you will be charged a £30 cancellation fee. This will be deducted from any deposit paid in addition to any postage charges incurred by us.

All returns must remain unused and in resalable condition. This complies with distance selling regulations. All students are welcome to return their course to us for any reason as long as we have been notified within the 14 days as above. Unfortunately, if notification to cancel is received outside of this period your request for a refund will be declined. This does not affect your statutory rights

Please call our accounts team direct on 0121 288 0181 if you have any questions regarding our cancellation and returns policy. It will only cost you a phone call

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