Accredited Level 3 Diploma in History


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Accredited Level 3 Diploma in History

Accredited Level 3 Diploma in History



This diploma is designed to explore History. Within this course you will gain knowledge and understanding of 20th century History. Whether you want to learn about History just to satisfy for your own curiosity or intend to develop your studies at a higher level.


Learning Objectives

  • Students will have an opportunity to learn about Stalin, USA, British Political History and relations
  • To review the variety of superpower relations from a variety of time periods
  • Look at different events through history
  • A review of how to use different aspects of History

This course consists of Ten Units and is a qualification awarded by Oxford Learning College, in its own right; with the quality assurance of a leading awarding body (CIE Global) that hallmarks this professional qualification.


Assessment Objectives (AO)


AO: 1

Students must select and demonstrate clearly relevant knowledge and understanding through the use of evidence, examples and correct language and terminology appropriate to the course of study. This assessment, involves two written assignments: one halfway through the course and following the final unit. Both are assessed and graded by the assigned tutor, according to college procedures.


AO: 2

Students must critically evaluate and justify a point of view through the use of evidence and reasoned argument. Students can include evidence in different formats to support their written work such as documentation or images to support their course.


Quality of Written Communication (QWC)

In addition, OLC require students’ to produce written material in English, candidates must: ensure that text is legible and that spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPG) are accurate so that meaning is clear; select and use a form and style of writing appropriate to studying a complex subject matter; organise information clearly and coherently, using specialist vocabulary when appropriate and Harvard referencing of citation and sources. In this Specification, SPG will be assessed in all tutor marked assignments (TMAs)

To ensure that we maintain quality standards; all our students written assignments are subject to our plagiarism policy and procedure.



The whole level three diploma has TEN (10) specific units of study, which are sub-divided into topic areas these are:


Unit 1: Stalin Part 1

In this unit you will explore the struggle for power to the leadership of the USSR. We will see how Stalin rise to power in 1924-29 and his clashes with other personalities and the direction of policies during these years.

We will also examine how Stalin managed to transform the Soviet Union into a superpower. We will explore the policies used to collectivise agriculture and its social and economic impact and consequences of these policies


Unit 2: Stalin Part 2

Within this unit you will explore how the USSR was rapidly industrialised through the three five year plans and the impact of all these policies especially on Soviet society.

Stalin’s USSR is famed for its stringent controls and persecution of individuals and groups. We will consider the origins and course of these purges as well as the development of culture and the arts in the service of a totalitarian regime.


Unit 3: USA 1968-2001 : Part 1

Through this unit you will consider the Presidencies of Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton. We will explore the reasons for the outcomes of elections that led to these presidents being elected. We will also look at Watergate and the constitutional issues to which it gave rise.


Unit 4: USA 1968- 2001: Part 2

Here you will explore social issues and their political impact in the USA in these years. Issues such as feminism, the rights of minorities, religious belief and the importance of the Supreme Court will be investigated.


Unit 5: British Political History : Part 1

In this unit you will learn about the Labour election victory of 1945, why did Labour win and the key features of domestic policy of the Labour governments of 1945-51. We will also consider the extent to which the immediate post war years were 'an age of austerity'. We will also explore the Conservative governments of 1951-64 and consider the extent to which the Conservatives maintained continuity with Labour objectives


Unit 6: British Political History : Part 2

Linking units 5 and 6 together you will explore the presentation of the factors that led to the Conservative election victory of 1979. We will also investigate the key features and policies of the Thatcher government.


Unit 7: Superpower Relations 1944-1990 : Part 1.1

How you review development of Great Britain, the USA and the USSR in the 20th century we turn our attention to international affairs in the wake of the Second World War. In the final group of modules we will investigate the Cold War and the relations between the Superpowers of the USSR and the USA.


Unit 8: Superpower Relations 1944-1990 : Part 1.2

Within this unit again linking with the above unit you will review development of Great Britain, the USA and the USSR in the 20th century we turn our attention to international affairs in the wake of the Second World War. In the final group of modules we will investigate the Cold War and the relations between the Superpowers of the USSR and the USA.


Unit 9: Superpower Relations 1944-1990 : Part 2.1

This unit is linked with unit 7 through to ten. You will cover the post-Stalin thaw after the death of Stalin and the bid for peaceful coexistence between the USA and the USSR. We will look at key individuals of this period including Khrushchev, Dulles and Eisenhower.


Unit 10: Superpower Relations 1944-1990 : Part 2.2

In this final unit having already reviewed a lot of history covering Superpower Relations between 1944 - 1990 from part 1.1 to 2.2 you will now explore the arms race and the development during the years of 1949-63 of nuclear weaponry and the increasing sophistication of delivery systems to ensure that these weapons would have a global reach. We will examine this escalation and the key crisis point dealt with by Kennedy during the Cuban missile crisis and the resulting realisation that the USSR and the USA needed to negotiate back from this brink. You will summarise your course by gaining knowledge of Détente between the years 1969-1980 and how negotiations between the USA and the USSR led to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) and agreement such as the Helsinki Accords.



The coursework is assessed through continuous assessment with no formal exit examinations. Through assessment you will cover certain criteria such as:

  • Theoretical Knowledge/ Understanding
  • Practical Implications
  • Integration of Theory and Practice.


The course has TWO Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA); which are graded: Pass or Fail. The grading procedure if Pass or Fail. Your grade will depend upon if the criteria set ha been met and the decision of your tutor. If you Fail an assessment you have the opportunity to amend where your tutor has highlighted and resubmit.


Study Hours (Per Unit)

Approximately: 20 hours personal study time per unit, which is supported by the ODL Course Tutor, but we greatly encouraged students to access support from their tutor throughout the course.



The whole course MUST be completed and both assignments graded PASS to gain the “Oxford Learning College Level Three Diploma in History”

Course Fee: £850.00 Fees can be paid by instalments.

Entry Requirement/Progression

Entry to this level three course requires that potential students have gained GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent qualifications and have, good English oral, reading and writing skills.

Advice on enrolment and guidance of prior learning (APL) can be obtained through out contact centre. The course is a rolling programme and can be started at any point in the year. Successful students can go on to Higher Education, including remaining as students at OLC to complete courses in our portfolio of higher awards.



This course has been developed by the College’s professional team of tutors to meet the needs of sector based employers and employees. It is also part of the College’s validated level three Diplomas’, recognised internationally, as verified and moderated Centre for Interactive Education (CIE Global). Further details of our accreditations are provided on our website.

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