Unit Content

Paper 1 (50%) – Understanding the Modern World (Examination)

Section A: Russia 1894-1945: The Russian Revolution, Stalin’s ‘Great Terror’ and the impact of the Second World War on the Soviet Union.

Section B: Conflict and tension, 1918-1939: The end of the First World War and the Treaty of Versailles, the establishment of the League of Nations and attempts to maintain peace and order, Hitler’s foreign policy and the causes of the Second World War.

Paper 2 (50%) – Shaping the Nation (Examination)
Section A: Britain: Migration, empires and the people 790 to the present day – Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, the Normans, the Hundred Years War, the establishment of the British Empire in North America, India and Africa, the end of the empire and the impact of World War Two on Britain.
Section B: Norman England, 1066-1100: The death of Edward the Confessor and the struggle for the English crown, the Battle of Hastings, feudalism, the Domesday Book and castles.

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‘If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.’

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Martin Luther
King, Jr

‘We are not makers of history. We are history.’

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‘The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.’

Course details

This course is graded as GCSE 9-1
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Pupils complete 2 examination papers, which each include two unit papers. Therefore, in total, pupils complete four examination papers that are 1 hour duration each (4 hours).

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