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Curriculum Overview


The aims describe the purposes of a course based on this syllabus.

The aims are to enable students to develop:

• an interest in and enthusiasm for learning about the past

• knowledge and understanding of individuals, people and societies in the past

• knowledge that is rooted in an understanding of the nature and use of historical evidence

• an understanding of key historical concepts: cause and consequence, change and continuity, and similarity

and difference

• an understanding of international issues in history

• historical skills, including investigation, analysis, evaluation and communication skills

• a sound basis for further study and the pursuit of personal interest.

About the Course

Topics Covered

The twentieth century: international relations since 1919

The content focuses on the following key questions:

• Was the Treaty of Versailles fair?

• To what extent was the League of Nations a success?

• How far was Hitler’s foreign policy to blame for the outbreak of war in Europe in 1939?

• Who was to blame for the Cold War?

• How effectively did the United States contain the spread of communism?

• How secure was the USSR’s control over Eastern Europe, 1948–c.1989?

In addition, all candidates must also study at least one of the following depth studies:

Germany, 1918–45

Assessment and examinations

Assessment overview

All candidates take three components. All candidates take Paper 1 and Paper 2 and either Component 3 or

Paper 4. Candidates will be eligible for grades A* to G.

All candidates take: and:

Paper 1 2 hours

Structured Questions 40%

60 marks

• Candidates answer two questions from Section A (Core content) and one question

from Section B (Depth studies).

• All questions are in the form of structured

essays, split into three parts: (a), (b) and (c).

Externally assessed

Paper 2 1 hour 45 minutes

Document Questions 30%

40 marks

• Candidates answer one question on one

prescribed topic taken from Section A (Core


• Candidates are presented with a range of

source materials relating to each prescribed


• The prescribed topics change in each exam

series – see section 4.

Externally assessed

All candidates take either: or:

Component 3

Coursework 30%

40 marks

• Candidates produce one piece of extended

writing based on a depth study from the

syllabus or a depth study devised by the


Internally assessed and externally moderated

Paper 4 1 hour

Alternative to Coursework 30%

40 marks

• Candidates answer one question on a depth


• All questions are in the form of structured

essays, split into two parts: (a) and (b).

Externally assessedInfo on assessment ..

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