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Paper 1: Understanding the modern world
Section A
- America, 1840–1895: Expansion and consolidation (Period study)
This period study focuses on the development of America during a turbulent half century of change. It was a period of expansion and consolidation – the expansion to the west and consolidation of the United States as a nation.

  • Expansion: opportunities and challenges
  • Conflict between the culture of the native Indians and the Americans
  • Consolidation: forging the nation

Section B  - Conflict and tension, 1894–1918 (Wider world depth study)
This wider world depth study enables students to understand the complex and diverse interests of nations and states. It focuses on the causes, nature and conclusion of the First World War and seeks to show how and why conflict occurred, and why it proved difficult to bring the war to a conclusion. This study also considers the role of key individuals and groups in shaping change and how they were affected by and influenced international relations.

  • The causes of the First World War, The First World War: stalemate and Ending the war

Paper 2: Shaping the Nation

Section A: Britain: Health and the people: C1000 to the present day (Thematic Study)
This thematic study will enable students to gain an understanding of how medicine and public health developed in Britain over a long period of time. It considers the causes, scale, nature and consequences of short and long term developments, their impact on British society and how they were related to the key features and characteristics of the periods during which they took place.

  • Medicine stands still, The beginnings of change, A revolution in medicine and Modern medicine

Section B: Norman England C1066 – C1100 (British depth studies including the historic environment)
This option allows students to study in depth the arrival of the Normans and the establishment of their rule. The depth study will focus on major aspects of Norman rule, considered from economic, religious, political, social and cultural standpoints of this period and arising contemporary and historical controversies.

  • The Normans: conquest and control
  • Life under the Normans
  • The Norman church and monasticism
  • The historic environment of Norman England

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