What is the title of this course?
- History A The Making of the Modern World
What level of qualification will I gain at the end of the course?
GCSE grades A*-G
What are the main topics I will be taught?
The course requires students to cover four individual units, each unit represents 25% of the course.
Unit 1 is an outline study of International Relations between 1900-91. Students will focus on three key sections:
Section A: How did the Cold War develop? 1943-1956
S ection B: Three Cold War Crises: 1957-69
Section C: Why did the Cold War end? 1970-91
Unit 2 is a Modern World Depth Study on Germany between 1918-33, which focuses on the demise of the Weimar Republic, the rise of Hitler and the Nazi State and the impact that the Nazis ideology had on Germany society.
Unit 3 is a Modern World Source Enquiry on War and the transformation of British Society 1931-51. The main areas of this study address the social impact of the Great Depression, how Britain stood alone during WWII and the response of the population, concluding with the impact of the post-war 1945 General Election.
Unit 4 Controlled Assessment: the main areas of this unit investigate the growth, rise and changing nature of protest movements in the USA.
What type of learning activities will I undertake?
The four units studied are designed to develop key historical/everyday life skills. Students will need to demonstrate a knowledge of key individuals and events. They will have to analyse and interpret evidence, events and outcomes. Students will be required to show a balanced understanding of these events and make informed judgments. Students will have the opportunity to visit the Imperial War Museum.
How will I be assessed?
Unit 1: a single examination lasting 1 hour 15 minutes, total 60 marks
Unit 2: a single examination lasting 1 hour 15 minutes, total 50 marks
Unit 3: a single examination lasting 1 hour 15 minutes, total 50 marks
Unit 4: This is a controlled assessment completed over a two hour period. Learners are provided with sources two weeks in advance, they have the opportunity to complete individual research and prepare for their assessment, culminating in a two hour period in which students write up their answers. This task is not carried out under exam conditions
What are the possible progression routes once I have this qualification?
Students opting for this subject will have the opportunity to develop many of the valuable life skills demanded by employers. Should students wish to extend their learning, these skills are equally valued by schools and colleges and could provide a stepping stone to university.