A level History

Why study A level History?

Studying Cambridge A level History allows you to make connections between the world of today and the world of the past. When we analyse important historical events, we learn about the consequences of people’s actions and we can apply this knowledge to our understanding of current affairs, learning valuable lessons for the future.

Our Cambridge A level History course is flexible and wide-ranging, covering modern history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It will enable you to pursue a wide range of courses at university, including Archaeology, Politics, Classical Studies, English Literature, Law and Economics, to name just a few. Students of History at A level often go on to work in careers such as Academia, Business, Economics, Law, Politics, Archaeology and Journalism.

Note that our experienced University Services Adviser can advise on A level courses and all aspects of university entrance.


Wolsey Hall Oxford is a registered school of Cambridge Assessment International Education

Wolsey Hall is a registered online Cambridge International School.

Wolsey Hall Oxford is a Pearson Edexcel approved centre

We offer a wide range of A level courses.

Our Cambridge A Level History course covers topics involving many different countries

What do I need to know to enrol?

The home study course in A level History builds directly on the work you will have done for IGCSE/GCSE or a local equivalent in the subject.

Grade B or 6 at IGCSE/GCSE or local equivalent is required before starting on the A level.

We also require all A level students to have secured a Grade C or 4 in GCSE/IGCSE English and Maths.

The syllabus and exam

Our course will prepare you for the Cambridge International Examinations Syllabus 9489. The full A level qualification comprises exams at AS and at A level, which may be taken together or separately.

Exams take place in March (India only), June and November.

AS level

Paper 1

Document Question worth 40% of the AS level or 20% of the full A level. (1 hour and 15 minutes)

Paper 2

Outline Study worth 60% of the AS level or 30% of the full A level. (1 hour and 45 minutes).

A level

For the full A level, in addition to the above, you will take:

Paper 3

Interpretations Question – worth 20% of the full A level. (1 hour and 15 minutes)

Paper 4

Depth Study – worth 30% of the full A level. (1 hour and 45 minutes).

All of our A level courses include a number of past exam papers in the final module. These include the most recent paper which can be taken as a mock exam and submitted to your Tutor for assessment and feedback for a modest additional fee.

Course samples

Our Cambridge A level History course includes The Search for International Peace and Security, 1919 – 1945

AS level (9489)

Cambridge A level History

A level (9489)

Course Fees

Geraldine Morrison

Subjects: History, Sociology

Oliver Saunders

Subjects: History, Politics

Veronika Goodwin

Subjects: History

Michelle Feeney

Subjects: History, Politics
As a first time home-schooled student, Wolsey Hall Oxford has proved very successful and helped me to obtain the results I wanted. Not only does Wolsey offer a very well structured and focussed course but also has very insightful, informative and supportive tutors who are willing to go that extra mile to reply and explain each and every query. Through Wolsey Hall I managed to come out with completely ‘A’ grades in each AS level I took and I owe it to my Tutors for being there and helping me through it all; I couldn’t have done it without them (especially Carol – Geography Tutor, who always went the extra step to make things easier for me). I have now got into University! If you want results – look no further. Thanks Wolsey Hall!
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Brittany – A level Student