Key Stage 4


Examination Board: OCR – History Syllabus B (Modern World)

Course description:

The core of the syllabus is International Relations 1945 to 1975 answering such questions as:

Who was to blame for the Cold War?

Who won the Cuban Missile Crisis?

Why did the USA fail in Vietnam?


In addition to this there are three Depth Studies:

British Society 1890 – 1918

Germany 1918 – 1945

The USA 1919 – 1941

The events of the 20th Century have posed many questions that young people of today find hard to answer. We feel confident that the course is an exciting and stimulating one, open to students of all abilities and full of relevance for young people who want to understand more clearly the world in which they are living.

Teaching and learning styles:

 History poses many fascinating questions that are not easy to answer. Usually the easy answer is wrong. By an interesting and varied approach, backed by excellent resources, we aim to make this subject come alive. We want students to develop skills of information gathering, evaluation of evidence, and sound analysis leading to well argued, structured conclusions. They will be encouraged to be active participants in a stimulating, questioning experience. We want them to develop views and opinions that they can defend with fact and argument.

These are not simply dry classroom exercises, they are skills for life and we believe they will help to produce that well-rounded intelligence that is in demand and highly regarded across all professions and different walks of life.


Controlled assessment is worth 25% of the marks and will consist of an assignment from the depth studies. This usually takes place in the Spring term of Year 11.

Final examination:  Paper one lasts for two hours and is worth 45% of the marks. Mostly this paper is examining candidates’ knowledge of the reasons behind the events studied during the course.  Paper two lasts for one and a half hours and is worth 30% of the marks. This paper will test candidates’ skills in handling sources, showing their ability to evaluate differing kinds of evidence.


 The groups are either mixed ability or banded depending on how many students are assigned to each option column.


Further information on this course can be obtained from Miss L Devitt, Head of Humanities Faculty.