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A-LEVEL History

ITS Tutorial School has offered top A-level History support since 2005. We are the only tutorial school in Hong Kong also licensed to run the A-level exams by Pearson. You can take both International A-levels and some GCE subjects as well. Thousands of students have taken private tuition with our History tutors to date. You can either:

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Why choose Edexcel International A-level History?

Are you thinking about studying History at A-Level? Then if you love learning about past events, choosing A-Level History is the perfect choose for you.

Here’s 3 reasons why:


This International A-Level course will help you develop your knowledge about key political, social and economic features of developments in Europe since 1774 (depending on which topics are chosen to study). This section focuses on the developments and changes over a specific timescale. You’ll also be able to explore how modern Europe developed and the Cold War which dominated the second half of the 20th Century.


Studying International A-Level History not only helps improve your knowledge of the past, but it also helps you gain skills that are invaluable in many jobs. Some of these skills include analysing, researching, communication and problem-solving. You’ll also gain the ability to prioritise information and learn how to make vital decisions. This helps you to build a important skill-set needed for progression into university or a career.


A History related degree is useful for a number of careers, including teaching, librarianship, banking and commerce, the law, publishing, museums and art galleries and a wide variety of social work. This course is perfect if you want to kick-start your career as an archaeologist, lawyer or teacher.

This qualification is 100% externally assessed by examination and has a straightforward, systematic and modular structure, with 3 exam sessions each year in January, June and October. A table of the course structure can be found at the bottom of the page.

Why choose ITS for tuition or full time study ?
  • Value for money
  • Easy accessibility – all lessons can be taken either here at our school or online
  • 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 from an official centre
  • 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
  • The course content may be relevant to a variety of exams (SATII, IB, AQA, OCR, CIE) and school study. See the unit description for more detail on the content
What are the prerequisites of this course?

There are no prerequisites, but an I/ GCSE qualification in History would be helpful

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

How is the course structured?

You can find the Edexcel course specification here.

The course consists of 4 Units – 2 IAS and 2 IA2 Units. Students must take all 4 units to obtain the International Advanced Level History qualification. The percentage of total IAL marks for each Unit is in brackets followed by the length of each examination.

Unit 1: Depth Study with Interpretations (50%of IAS &25% of IAL – 2 hours)

Content overview Students must choose one of the following options:

  • 1A: France in Revolution, 1774–99
  • 1B: Russia in Revolution, 1881–1917
  • 1C: Germany, 1918–45
  • 1D: Britain, 1964–90

Unit 2: Breadth Study with Source Evaluation (50%of IAS &25% of IAL -2 hours)

Content overview Students must choose one of the following options:

  • 1A: India, 1857–1948: The Raj to Partition
  • 1B: China, 1900–76
  • 1C: Russia, 1917–91: From Lenin to Yeltsin
  • 1D: South Africa, 1948–2014.

Unit 3: Thematic Study with Source Evaluation (25% of IAL – 2 hours)

Students must choose one of the following options:

  • 1A: The USA, Independence to Civil War, 1763–1865
  • 1B: The British Experience of Warfare, 1803–1945
  • 1C: Germany: United, Divided and Reunited, 1870–1990
  • 1D: Civil Rights and Race Relations in the USA, 1865–2009.

Unit 4: International Study with Historical Interpretations (25% of IAL – 2hours)

Content overview Students must choose one of the following options:

  • 1A: The Making of Modern Europe 1805–71
  • 1B: The World in Crisis 1879–1945
  • 1C: The World Divided: Superpower Relations, 1943–90
  • 1D: The Cold War and Hot War in Asia, 1945–90.

Available in January, June and October

  • External assessment: written examination
  • Raw marks: equal weighting - 80 for all papers
  • Weighting: equal weighting – 25% for all papers

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