The GCSE Modern European and World History course is designed to develop skills rather than just simply learning a list of ‘facts’. We use an enquiry based approach, which aims to facilitate questioning, followed by research and discussion leading to the presentation of ideas and explanations using a variety of media.

Students cover four units over two years. There will be two units of outline studies, a unit of source enquiry and finally a controlled assessment unit. The controlled assessment is a research based unit which replaces coursework. It is taught in class and assessed under exam conditions. All the units are equally weighted at 25 per cent. The choice will be made by the School and subject teacher.

Unit 1 Outline Study: International Relations, Development of the Cold War

Assessment: One hour fifteen minutes exam

  • How did the Cold War develop in 1945?
  • The Cold War crises
  • Why did the Cold War end?

Paper 2 Outline Study: The USA 1919-41

Assessment: One hour fifteen minutes exam

  • The reasons for the USA’s economic dominance in the 1920s
  • The social changes in the 1920s USA
  • The long and short term causes of the Wall Street Crash
  • The Great Depression and its impact on the USA

Unit 3: War and the transformation of British society 1903-28

Assessment: One hour fifteen minute exam

This is a source based enquiry on the ways in which war changed British society.

  • Votes for Women
  • Social and Welfare Reforms in Liberal Britain 1905-14
  • The Home Front 1914-18
  • Changing role of women post war
  • Industrial unrest 1918-27
  • The General Strike 1926

Unit 4: Representations of history, China 1945-76

Controlled assessment: written under exam conditions in school

  • Communist revolution 1949
  • Mao’s economic policies
  • The causes and consequences of the Cultural Revolution
  • Mao: Hero or villain?