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, culminating in two papers of 1hr 30 minutes each

Paper 1

1. A world divided: Superpower relations, 1943-72


  • Reasons for the Cold War
  • Early developments in the Cold War, 1945-49
  • The Cold War in the 1950s
  • The Berlin Crisis of 1961
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis
  • The Thaw and moves towards Détente, 1963-72


2. Development of dictatorship: Germany, 1918-45


  • The establishment of the Weimar Republic and its early problems
  • The recovery of Germany, 1924-29
  • The rise of Hitler and the Nazis
  • Life in Nazi Germany
  • Germany during the second world war

Paper 2


1. The USA, 1917-41


  • The impact of the First World War on the USA
  • Immigration
  • Prohibition and gangsterism
  • Mass production and the stock market boom
  • The Roaring Twenties
  • The position of black Americans
  • Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1933-41
  • Opposition to the New Deal


2. Conflict, crisis and change: China, c1911-c1989


  • China 1911-34
  • The triumph of Mao and the CCP, 1934-49
  • Change under Mao, 1949-63
  • The impact of the Cultural Revolution
  • China after Mao, (Deng Xiaoping) 1969-89