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Modern World History GCSE at West Kirby Grammar School

Course description

Qualification :General Certificate of Secondary Education
Exam Board :Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)
Category :History - History, Philosophy and Theology

Course content

Why choose Modern World History?

This course is interesting and very varied as it gives you the opportunity to study how the late 20th Century world has been shaped by both conflict and the desire to maintain and extend peace. Many of the issues studied are relevant today and you will gain a better understanding of contemporary issues, e.g. the conflict in Bosnia and continuing developments in The European Union. You will consider the ideas and actions of important political figures and you will also be able to investigate the consequences of these actions upon the lives of ordinary people. This course will provide a very sound foundation for further study in History and a wide range of other subjects.

The course is divided into TWO THEMES.

THEME ONE - Conflict in the Modern World
This theme explains the origins of both World Wars and the Cold War 1945-1963, the changing nature of warfare and the civilian experience of war.

THEME TWO - Governments in Action
This involves a study in depth of two contrasting 20th Century governments. You will look at developments in Germany 1919-1939, tracing Hitler`s rise to power and the establishment of the Nazi Dictatorship. We will then study key developments in the USA during the same period and assess how a democracy coped with the problems of an economic boom in the 1920`s followed by the Great Depression of the 1930`s



75% written examination
25% coursework

Themes 1 and 2 will be assessed via two written examination papers each of 1.3/4 hours; a variety of structured questions will be set requiring both a short and a more extended response. You will be given every opportunity to develop and perfect the skills required during the course.

Two coursework assignments will be completed in Year 11. Again there will be plenty of opportunity for you to develop the appropriate skills and you will be provided with all the necessary information and material. Coursework assignments will be based on work covered in class.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Kirby Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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