How have political, social and economic events in Britain brought us to where we are now? A level History gives you the opportunity to evaluate and assess primary and secondary sources of information and formulate your own views on how our history has shaped us.
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This course is one of our new Gold Star A levels. Find out more about them here.
A grade C or above in GCSE English, or an equivalent qualification, is strongly recommended for this course.
Hours of study
As a guideline, you should allow for between 300 and 350 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment.
Exams and assessment
- 2 hours 15 minutes, 30% of marks
- 1 hour 30 minutes, 20% of marks
- 2 hours 15 minutes, 30% of marks
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
One coursework task, 20% of marks:
Part of the A level assessment for the new specification is a non-exam assessment (NEA). To facilitate this, NEC has agreed with the awarding body that our own tutors are able to mark your NEA work, and you can then sit your written exams at one of our partner exam centres. Please refer to this page for more detailed information about how your coursework is marked and entered.
NEC's tutor-marked assignments:
- 1 introductory assignment
- 10 assignments
Active e-book versions of these texts will be included free with your course:
- Edexcel AS/A Level History, Paper 1 & 2: Challenges to the Authority of the State in the Late 18th and 19th Centuries, Pearson Education
- Access to History: The Unification of Germany and the challenge of Nationalism 1789-1919, Farmer and Stiles, Pearson Education
Paper 3: Germany, 1871-1990: united, divided and re-united, David Brown, Pearson Education 2016
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How to enrol
How to enrol
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Section 1 - The growth of parliamentary democracy c1785–c1870
- The unreformed Parliament up to 1785
- Demand for reform c1785–1815
- The Great Reform Act 1815–32
- Towards Chartism 1832–48
- The 1867 Reform Act
Section 2 - Industrialisation, protest and trade unionism c1785–c1870
- Industrial growth c1785–c1870
- Living and working conditions c1785–c1850
- Protest and reform c1785–c1870
- Unionism and cooperation c1785–c1850
- New Model Unionism c1850–c1870
Section 3 - Poverty and pauperism; the abolition of the slave trade
- Poverty and pauperism c1785–1834
- After the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834
- The abolition of the slave trade 1
- The abolition of the slave trade 2
- The abolition of the slave trade 3
Section 4 - The unification of Germany 1: c1840–51
- Popular pressure and causes of revolution 1840–48
- Failure of revolution 1848–51
Section 5 - The unification of Germany 2: c1852–71
- Austro-Prussian rivalry 1852–66
- Prussia and the Kleindeutschland solution 1866–71
Section 6 - Coursework (NEA)
- The 'Great' Reform Act?
- The suffragettes: contextual background
- The suffragettes: help or hindrance
- Writing the assignment
Section 7 - Prosperity and social change 1871–1990
- Social change: the urban working class
- Social change: artisans, junkers, women
- Economic change 1871–1929
- Economic change 1929–1990
Section 8 - Germany united 1871–1935
- Ruling the Second Reich 1871–1879
- The birth of democratic Germany 1917–1919
- A new Reich 1933–1935
Section 9 - Germany divided and reunited 1945–1990
- The new Federal Republic 1949–1960
- Reunification: Germany 1989–1990
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What our students say...
"I decided as a New Years resolution to get a degree in History and rather than take a large leap thought I would try an A level in my favourite subject of History. I spoke to our UNISON rep at work and she recommended NEC. The other main factor that swung it, was the availability of Exam centres through yourselves rather than have to ring around nearer the time. Basically NEC provided a full package which was what I was looking for. I didn't need the hassle and stress of searching for the centre."
— NEC A level History student