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Contents
1 About these Qualifications 4
1.1 GCSE (Full Course) 5
1.2 Qualification Titles and Levels 5
1.3 Aims and Learning Outcomes 6
1.4 Prior Learning/Attainment 6
2 Summary of Content 7
2.1 GCSE Units 7
2.2 Entry Codes 9
3 Content 10
3.1 Unit A971: Aspects of International Relations, 1919­2005, and the chosen Depth Study 10
3.2 Unit A972: British Depth Study 29
3.3 Unit A973: Historical Enquiry 32
4 Scheme of Assessment 37
4.1 Scheme of Assessment 37
4.2 Entry Options 38
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Content
7 Other Specification Issues 52
7.1 Overlap with other Qualifications 52
7.2 Progression from these Qualifications 52
7.3 Spiritual, Moral, Ethical, Social, Legislative, Economic and Cultural Issues 52
7.4 Sustainable Development, Health and Safety Considerations and European Developments
Consistent with International Agreements 52
7.5 Avoidance of Bias 53
7.6 Language 53
7.7 Key Skills 53
7.8 ICT 54
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About these Qualifications
This booklet contains OCR's GCSE specification in History B for teaching from September 2009.
Key features
· A clear progression route to the revised OCR A/AS Level History specifications.
· Aspects of International Relations, 1919­2005, charting key changes, defining key issues
and including key people and events.…read more

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GCSE (Full Course)
From September 2009, the GCSE is made up of three mandatory units. Two of these units are
externally assessed. The third unit is controlled assessment, which is internally assessed.
Unit A971: Aspects of International Relations, 1919­2005, and the chosen Study in Depth.
Unit A972: British Depth Study.
Unit A973: Historical Enquiry.
The short course for History B is available as a separate specification (J117).
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Aims and Learning Outcomes
GCSE specifications in history should encourage candidates to be inspired, moved and changed
by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into
related sectors. They should prepare candidates to make informed decisions about further learning
opportunities and career choices.…read more

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Summary of Content
2.1 GCSE Units
Unit A971: Aspects of International Relations, 1919­2005, and the chosen Study in Depth
The content consists of a core on Aspects of International Relations, 1919­2005, which is divided
into three sections. Candidates study any one of the following sections.
Section A: The Inter-War Years, 1919­1939
Section B: The Cold War, 1945­1975
Section C: A New World? 1948­2005
and one Study in Depth chosen from the following:
Germany, 1918­1945
Russia, 1905­1941
The USA, 1919­1941
Mao's China, c.…read more

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Unit A973: Historical Enquiry
OCR will issue a task for each of the controlled assessment options. Centres may make minimal
adaptation to the tasks to suit their centre specific requirements. These tasks will be renewed each
year.
The taught course and the task may be completed at any stage during the course of study.
Candidates must not base their controlled assessment task on content that will be examined in any
other unit in the specification.…read more

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Entry Codes
The entry codes below combine two examined units and the controlled assessment unit codes.
This option code needs to be combined with a controlled assessment component code. Please see
section 6.1 for this information.
J417 History B (Modern World) (Certification)
For a certificate candidates must have taken three units as follows.…read more

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Content
3.1 Unit A971: Aspects of International Relations, 1919­2005, and
the chosen Depth Study
This unit consists of a core on Aspects of International Relations, 1919­2005, of which candidates
must study one, and a range of Depth Studies from which one must be studied.
The specified content is defined through a number of Key Questions and Focus Points. The Key
Questions define the topics as well as encouraging an issues-based and investigative approach to
the content.…read more

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