Key Stage 4 History - The Making of The Modern World

At Winton Community Academy School we follow the Edexcel GCSE in History A (The Making of the Modern World).  There are 4 units in total, each make up 25% of the final grade.

 

Course assessment components:

Unit 1: International Relations (25%)

Unit 2: Depth Study - Germany 1918-1939 (25%)

Unit 3: Source Enquiry - War and the Transformation of British Society c. 1905-28  (25%)

Unit 4 Controlled Assessment:  USA 1919-1941 (25%)

 

Unit 1: International Relations

For this section of the course we will be investigating three key areas of modern world history:

     Why did war break out?  International rivalry 1900–14

    o   The alliance system and international rivalry between the Great Powers

        1900–14.

    o   The struggle for control in the Balkans 1900–14.

    o   The growth of tension in Europe 1900–14.

 

             Why did war break out? International relations 1929–39

    o   Failure of the League of Nations: Manchuria (1931–33) and Abyssinia

        (1935–36).

    o   Hitler’s challenges to the peace settlement, 1933March 38.

    o   The failure of appeasement: 1937–39.

 

     How did the Cold War develop? 1943–56

    o   The widening gulf between the Allies: the development of the ‘iron

        curtain’ and the Soviet control of Eastern Europe and the Allied

        response 1945–47.

    o   The development of the Cold War, 194849 following the Berlin Airlift.

    o   Hungary: the tightening of control.

Unit 2: Depth Study – Germany 1918-1939

     Key Topic 1: Weimar Republic 1918-1933

    o    The origins and early problems of the Weimar Republic 1918–23.

    o   The recovery of the Republic under Stresemann 1924–29.

    o   The impact of the Great Depression 1929–33.

 

      Key Topic 2: Hitler and the Growth of the Nazi Party 1918-1933

    o   The founding and early growth of the Nazi Party 1919–23.

    o   The Munich Putsch and the lean years 1923–29.

    o   Increased support and political developments 1929–January 1933.

 

      Key Topic 3: The Nazi Dictatorship 1933-1939

    o   The removal of opposition 1933–34.

    o   The police state.

    o   Censorship and propaganda.

 

      Key Topic 4: Nazi Domestic Policies 1933-1939

    o   Nazi policies towards women and the young.

    o   Employment and the standard of living.

    o   The persecution of minorities.

 

Unit 3: Source Enquiry - War and the Transformation of British Society c. 1905-28 

           Key Topic 1: The Liberals, Votes for Women and Social Reform

    o   The activities of the women’s societies and the reaction of the

        authorities.

    o   Children’s welfare measures, old age pensions.

    o   Labour Exchanges 1909, the National Insurance Act 1911.

Key Topic 2: The part played by the British on the Western Front

    o   The BEF and 1914.

    o   Britain’s contribution to the Western Front 1915–17.

    o   The end of the war.

 

Key Topic 3: The home front and social change

    o   DORA, censorship and propaganda.

    o   Recruitment and rationing.

    o   The part played by women.

Key Topic 4: Economic and social change 1918–28

    o   The changing role of women 1918–28.

    o   Industrial unrest 1918–27.

    o   The General Strike of 1926.

 

Unit 4 Controlled Assessment:  USA 1919-1941 (25%)

    o   The US economy 1919–29.

    o   US society 191929.

    o   The USA in Depression 192933.

    o   Roosevelt and the New Deal 193341.

Autumn 1

Unit 1 International Relations

Section 1: Why did WW1 break out?

 International Rivalry 1900-14

c.2 weeks

 

Unit 3 Source Enquiry

War and the Transformation of British Society c1905-28

c.5 weeks

 

Autumn 2

Unit 4 Controlled Assessment

CA3: USA 1919-1941

c.6 weeks

 

Unit 1 International Relations

Section 3: Why did WW2 break out?

International Rivalry 1929-39

c.3 weeks

Spring 1

Unit 2 Depth Study

Germany 1918-39

 

c.6 weeks

Spring 2

Unit 1 International Relations

Section 4: Why did the Cold War develop?

c.4 weeks

Summer 1

Revision for Units 1, 2 & 3