Year 1 
  • Introduction: What is History?
  • 1066: A Year of Battles
  • Life under the Normans
  • Religion and Power
  • The Black Death 
  • The Crusades 
Year 2 
  • The English Reformation 
  • The Causes of the  English Civil War 
  • The Industrial Revolution 
  •  Public Health during the Industrial Revolution 
  •  Children’s work  in industrial Britain 
  •  Crime and punishment  in Victorian England 
Year 3 
  • Causes of World War I 
  • WWI and its effects    
  • America: Boom and Bust 
  • Rise of Nazi Germany and its effects 
  • The development of the Cold War, early years 
Edexcel International GCSE

Paper 1 (Depth Studies)
Dictatorship and Conflict in the USSR, 1924–53  
  1. The leadership struggle, 1924–29
  2. Five-year Plans and collectivisation
  3. Purges, show trials, the cult of Stalin and the revision of history
  4. Life in the Soviet Union, 1924–41
  5. The Second World War and after, 1941–53

A Divided Union: Civil Rights in the USA, 1945–70: 
  1. The Red Scare and McCarthyism; 
  2. Civil rights in the 1950s; 
  3. The impact of civil rights protests, 1960–74; 
  4. Other protest movements: students, women, anti-Vietnam; 
  5. Nixon and Watergate
Paper 2 (Breadth studies)
Russia and the Soviet Union in Revolution, 1905–24:
  1. Tsarist rule in Russia, 1905–14; 
  2. Opposition to Tsarist rule 1914–17: 
  3. The impact of war and the February Revolution: 
  4. Provisional Government and the Bolshevik Revolution; 
  5. The Bolshevik consolidation of power and the Civil War; 
  6. War Communism and the New Economic Policy (NEP)
The Changing Role of International Organisations: the League and the UN, 1919–2011:
  1. The creation and successes of the league, 1919–29; 
  2. The league challenged, 1930–9; 
  3. Setting up the United Nations Organisation and its work to 1964;  
  4. The UN challenged, 1967–89; 
  5. The UN at bay, 1990–2011
AS (7041)
A-level (7042)
1D Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603–1702

This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:
• How far did the monarchy change?
• To what extent and why was power more widely shared during this period?
• Why and with what results were there disputes over religion?
• How effective was opposition?
• How important were ideas and ideology?
• How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?
Part one: absolutism challenged: Britain, 1603–1649
  • Monarchs and Parliaments, 1603–1629
  • Revolution, 1629–1649
Part two: Monarchy restored and restrained: Britain, 1649–1702 (A-level only)
  • From Republic to restored and limited monarchy, 1649–1678 (A-level only)
  • The establishment of constitutional monarchy, 1678–1702 (A-level only)
2O Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918–1945

This option provides for the study in depth of a period of German history during which a newly developed democratic form of government gave way to a dictatorial Nazi regime. It explores political concepts such as 'right' and 'left', nationalism and liberalism as well as ideological concepts such as racialism, anti-Semitism and Social Darwinism. It also encourages reflection on how governments work and the problems of democratic states as well as consideration of what creates and sustains a dictatorship.
Part one: the Weimar Republic, 1918–1933
  • The Establishment and early years of Weimar, 1918–1924
  • The 'Golden Age' of the Weimar Republic, 1924–1928
  • The Collapse of Democracy, 1928–1933
Part two: Nazi Germany, 1933–1945 (A-level only)
  • The Nazi Dictatorship, 1933–1939 (A-level only)
  • The Racial State, 1933–1941 (A-level only)
  • The impact of War, 1939–1945 (A-level only)
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