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Course timetable 2018 (student tier/free):
January: Lessons 1 – 10 begin the week of Jan 1st & remain open indefinitely (24/7)
February: Lessons 11/12 (week of Mon 5th to Sun 11th); Lessons 13/14 (week of Mon 12th to Sun 18th); Lessons 15/16 (week of Mon 19th to Sun 25th); Lessons 17/18 (week of Mon 26th to Sun Mar 4th) 
March: Lessons 19/20 (week of Mon 5th to Sun 11th); Lessons 21/22 (week of Mon 12th to Sun 18th); Lessons 23/24 (week of Mon 19th to Sun 25th); Lesson 25 (week of Mon 26th to Sun April 1st)

Five hours of Revision Courses will be available starting the week of Mon April 2nd (for ScholarMentor andPremiere only or individually purchased)


Why choose Edexcel International A- History?

This course aims to give you the skills to:

  • develop an enjoyment of history
  • understand historical study
  • become an independent learner and a critical thinker
  • develop research skills
  • develop your analytical skills.

This qualification is 100% externally assessed by examination and has a modular structure, with three exam sessions each year in October, January and June (not all subjects are available in each exam session). A table of the course structure can be found at the bottom of the page.


Why take this online course with ITS?

  • Value for money – our entry level is FREE.
  • Easy accessibility – all you need is a broadband connection.
  • Flexible learning – choose when, where and how you learn.
  • Individualized for YOU – pick and choose from our add on services according to your needs.
  • Fully qualified and experienced teachers – the course is the same that runs in our registered schools.
  • Latest specifications – we are an official centre for this qualification.
  • Full support services – our counsellors can guide you through the course and on to the next step.
  • This course is somewhat similar to a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). However, with ITS Education Asia you can ultimately get an official A-level qualification and have the option to access greater levels of support.
  • The course content may be relevant to a variety of exams (IB, AQA, OCR, CIE) and school study. See the unit description for more detail on the content.

What are the prerequisites of this course?

First and foremost, to study an IAL in History you must have a keen interest in the world, an enquiring mind and the ability to analyse evidence and arguments. You do not need to have studied history before, but previous study in history may be useful. You will need to use transferable skills (cognitive, interpersonal, intrapersonal), especially skills in literacy.

What can I do with an A-level in History?

You can go on to university courses like an honours degrees in History, or go on to degrees like Politics, Law, English Literature, Economics or Geography. An A-level in History also opens the doors to BTEC vocational qualifications in Media (Journalism) or Travel and Tourism.

The skills learned by studying history are relevant to many careers, like journalism, libraries, national and local government and government administration, or careers related to history in museums, galleries, heritage sites, record offices and in archives and teaching.

For more information on specific university requirements related to A-levels, please see our A-levels FAQ page.

For more information on applying to UK universities, see our UCAS page.

If you are an international student taking A-levels the basic offer is made for 3 A-level subjects. It is very important when choosing these subjects that you understand what options you will have for university when the time comes. ITS has a long-established, highly experienced counselling team who can help you make these decisions and plan your academic course. But to start with, try out this excellent tool from the Russel Group which helps you experiment with your subject choices. Then come and see us.

How is the course structured?

You can find the Edexcel course specification here.

The course consists of four units – two IAS and two IAL units (you choose one topic in each unit).
Find our FAQ's for Edexcel International A-levels here.

Content and assessment overview

IAL History topics at a glance

IAS Unit 1. Depth Study and Interpretations

  • Option 1A: France in Revolution, 1774–99
  • Option 1B: Russia in Revolution, 1881–1917
  • Option 1C: Germany, 1918–45
  • Option 1D: Britain, 1964–90
IAS Unit 2. Breadth Study with Source Evaluation
  • Option 2A: India, 1857–1948: The Raj to Partition
  • Option 2B: China, 1900–76
  • Option 2C: Russia, 1917–91: From Lenin to Yeltsin
  • Option 2D: South Africa, 1948–2014: From Apartheid State to the Death of Mandela
AL Unit 3. Thematic Study with Source Evaluation
  • Option 3A: The USA, Independence to Civil War, 1763–1865
  • Option 3B: The British Experience of Warfare, 1803–1945
  • Option 3C: Germany: United, Divided and Reunited, 1870–1990
  • Option 3D: Civil Rights and Race Relations in the USA, 1865–2009
IAL Unit 4. International Study with Historical Interpretations
  • Option 4A: The Making of Modern Europe, 1805-71
  • Option 4B: The World in Crisis, 1879–1945
  • Option 4C: The World Divided: Superpower Relations, 1943–90
  • Option 4D: The Cold War and Hot War in Asia, 1945–90 


Assessment in January and June

  • External assessment: written examination
  • Each Unit - Total marks: 50
  • Weighting: Each Unit is 25% of the total IAL marks
  • Examination time: Each Unit is 2 hours

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