Develop and expand your knowledge and understanding of key historical events, people and societies, and learn how to ask relevant questions about the past.
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This course is one of our new Gold Star International GCSEs. Find out more about them here. The first opportunity sit exams for this course is 2019.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but you need to be able to read and write in English.
Hours of study
It's really up to you but, as a guide, a GCSE course takes about 120-150 hours plus extra time for assignment work you submit to your tutor. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 18 months from the date of enrolment.
Exams and assessment
- 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of marks
1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of marks
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
NEC's tutor-marked assignments:
- 1 introductory assignment
There are no essential set texts. The course includes some recommended books that you may wish to refer to for additional reading.
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How to enrol
How to enrol
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Section 1 - Germany between the wars
- Germany 1918-1919
- Early problems of the Weimar Republic 1919-1922
- The events of 1923
- The recovery of Germany 1924-1929
Section 2 - The rise of the Nazis
- The growth of the Nazi Party to 1929
- The Nazi breakthrough 1929-1933
- Germany 1933-1934
- Nazi methods of control
- Nazi social policies
Section 3 - War and downfall
- Nazi economic policies 1933-1939
- Nazi racial policies
- The Home Front
Section 4 - Russia 1905-1917
- Tsarist rule to 1905
- Tsarist rule 1905-1914
- Opposition to Tsarist rule 1914-1917
- The Provisional Government
- The Bolshevik Revolution
Section 5 - Russia and the Soviet Union 1917-1924
- Bolshevik consolidation of power
- The Civil War
- War Communism
- New Economic Policy (NEP)
Section 6 - Dictatorship in the USSR 1924-1953
- The leadership struggle 1924-1929
- Collectivisation and Five-Year Plans
- Purges and show trials
- The cult of Stalin
Section 7 - Soviet life in peace and war 1924-1953
- Living and working in the Soviet Union 1924-1941
- Education and ethnic minorities 1924-1941
- World War II 1941-1945
- Post-war to 1953
Section 8 - The changing nature of warfare 1919-1939
- Changing methods of warfare 1914-1918
- The Spanish Civil War
- Aerial warfare in the inter-war years
Section 9 - War on land, sea and air 1939-1945
- Changing methods of land warfare 1939-1943
- D-Day and resistance
- Changing methods of air warfare 1939-1945
- Changing methods of sea warfare 1939-1945
Section 10 - New forms of conflict 1945-2011
- The nuclear age 1945-1975
- Conventional and guerrilla warfare 1945-1975
- Conventional and 'new' wars 1976-2000
- The 21st century 2000-2011
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