History - Mr C Cook (Subject Leader: History)
‘Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history’ - Abraham Lincoln
The History Department is offering the AQA Exam Board GCSE History Specification B. The course focuses on major events from Twentieth Century World History. 25% is assessed by coursework in Year 10 and 75% by examination in Year 11.
UNIT 1: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: (37.5% - EXAM)
Peace-making and the League of Nations 1919-1920
- Why did the League of Nations fail to secure a lasting peace?
Hitler’s Foreign Policy and the origins of World War Two
- How did Hitler challenge and exploit the Treaty of Versailles, 1933-38?
- Why did Chamberlain’s policy of Appeasement fail to prevent the outbreak of war in 1939?
The Origins of the Cold War 1945-1955
- Why did the USA and USSR become rivals in the years 1945-1949?
- How did the Cold War develop in the years 1949-1955?
Crises of the Cold War 1955-1970
- How ‘peaceful’ was Peaceful Co-existence?
- How close to war was the world in the 1960s?
UNIT 2: TWENTIETH CENTURY DEPTH STUDIES (37.5% - EXAM)
Three topics studied
USA, 1918-1929 - THE ROARING TWENTIES
- How and why did the USA achieve prosperity in the 1920s?
- How far was the USA a divided society in the 1920s?
USA, 1929-1941 - DEPRESSION AND THE NEW DEAL
- Why did the US Stock Exchange collapse in 1929?
- How serious were the effects of the Depression on the American people?
THE USA AND VIETNAM, 1964-1975
- How effective were guerrilla tactics during the Vietnam War?
- How did the coverage of the Vietnam War in the USA lead to demands for Peace?
- Why were the US actions to end the Vietnam War unsuccessful?
UNIT 3: CONTROLLED COURSEWORK ASSESSMENT (25%)
THE BRITISH PEOPLE IN WAR
Students will submit their responses to two questions, prepared under controlled conditions.
Students will study issues such as:
- Censorship, Propaganda, Recruitment and Conscription
- Rationing and the effects of submarine warfare
- Home Defence: the dangers of attack and invasion
- Evacuation in the Second World War; Air raids in the First World War; the Blitz and air raid precautions in the Second World War
- Role of Women; Attitudes to war
History gives you an insight into the past and an understanding of how future mistakes could be prevented. Students will gain essential background knowledge to today’s current affairs. Furthermore, the skills which students acquire are readily transferable to any workplace.