The course examines key turning points and super power interactions in modern twentieth century world history. Students gain an in-depth understanding of Modern International History and the relations between nations in a worldwide arena of political controversies.
Students will analyse the key events in the emergence, development and end of the Cold War (1945-91). They will analyse the effects of the Korean and Vietnam wars and the changing nature of the conflict between Capitalism and Communism. Students will consider in depth the part played by world leaders and the development of superpower relations. In the British unit, students will consider the development of the British Empire (1857-1914) and Imperialism (1857-1890). They will also analyse Liberal Rule and the changes throughout this period.
Unit 1 – The Cold War
Unit 2 – The British Empire
Unit 3 – Coursework Unit
Units 1 and 2 are examined through two written examinations.
Unit 3 is a coursework unit, which will be submitted at the end of Year 13.
GCSE Grade 5 in History and 5 in English Language
History provides a “training of the mind” whereby students can acquire key skills of analysis, interpretation of sources, understanding a coherent point of view and develop critical analysis through problem solving.
Equipped with such skills History students can find career opportunities in Law, Journalism, Banking, Business and Commerce, Marketing and Teaching.