Examining Board OCR
Reasons for studying this subject

Have you ever watched the news and wondered the reasons for some of the events you are seeing? Why has Eastern Europe undergone upheaval since the collapse of communism?  Why is America such a dominant power in the world?  Why does the United Nations seem so ineffective in settling wars?  Studying a course in Modern World History will help you to answer these and many other questions.

What you will be studying
International Relations 1919 – 1939  – including:
  • The Peace Settlements following the First World War.
  • Why did the League of Nations fail as a peace-keeping organization?
  • Why did international peace collapse in 1939?
America  1919 – 1941 – including:
  • How far did the US economy boom in the 1920s?
  • How far did US society change in the 1920s?
  • What were the causes and consequences of the Wall Street Crash?
  • How successful was the New Deal?
Britain    1890 – 1918 – How was British society changed? – including:
  • What were living and working conditions like for the poor in 1890s?
  • How effective were the government in improving conditions for the poor?
  • How successful was the women’s suffrage movement?
  • How were civilians affected by the First World War?
Historical Enquiry

This involves the completion of one task on Russian History in no more than 2000 words and comprises 25% of the total GCSE mark.

How you will learn

You will be encouraged to use primary sources such as newspapers, pictures, cartoons and videos showing contemporary newsreels and film. You will be asked to take part in debates, discussions, role plays, active learning and decision making exercises. You should also be able to read and write clearly.  It is also important to be able to organise information and present reasoned arguments.

How you will be assessed

Paper 1 : 2 hours : 45%    3 sections – Section C will be on the USA.

Paper 2 : 1 hour 30 minutes : 30%    This is a source based question paper on Britain 1890 – 1918.

Historical Enquiry: 25%    To be completed in class under supervision


Contact:         Mrs. S. Chater – Head of Humanities Faculty