Course aims

This course will develop your knowledge and understanding of modern British and European history, and help you to acquire the skills of a historian.

Entry requirements

You will require a grade 6 in English and a grade 6 in history, in addition to the general entry requirements.

Course content

Unit 1

This unit is an in depth study covering British history 1783- 1885. We will focus on the profound economic, social and political changes, which occurred during this period, as Britain transformed into the first modern industrialised nation in world.

Unit 2

This unit is an in depth study which looks in detail at German history between 1918 and 1945. We will look at the Weimar Republic and the economic, social and political conditions, which paved the way for Hitler to take control in Germany. We will then investigate the impact of Nazism on Germany and upon key groups in society.

Unit 3

This unit is a historical investigation, which provides an opportunity for learners to research twentieth century Russia and present their findings in the form of a written assignment.

Course assessment

Written examinations and coursework.


A number of basic textbooks cover the syllabus and these will be discussed at the first class meeting. Dudley Sixth has access to an extensive library collection of history texts and use will also be made of Internet sources.


Higher Education, or a career in teaching, museum work, the public services, business, commerce or journalism.