Diploma in History


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Diploma in History

Why Oxford Learning College


This qualification is specifically designed for those aspiring to develop their knowledge 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 this is the course for you.

The course is subdivided into 10 modular areas, with each unit investigating a different aspect of History. In this course you will learn about British, Russian and American History from the 1920s until the end of the Cold War, with key historical figures covered by the course include Churchill, Stalin, Kennedy and Reagan.

The 10 modules of this course are;

  • Module One - Stalin Part 1
  • Module Two - Stalin Part 2
  • Module Three - USA 1968-2001 : Part 1
  • Module Five - British Political History : Part 1
  • Module Six - British Political History : Part 2
  • Module Seven - Superpower Relations 1944-1990 : Part 1.1
  • Module Eight - Superpower Relations 1944-1990 : Part 1.2
  • Module Nine - Superpower Relations 1944-1990 : Part 2.1
  • Module Ten - Superpower Relations 1944-1990 : Part 2.2


      Modules One and Two - Stalin


      In the first and second modules of the course 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. We will examine 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.

      Finally we will explore the USSR during the Great Patriotic War, also known as the Second World War. We will see how the course of the war wrought further massive changes on the USSR and its’ people through the devastation, the almost miraculous shift and rebirth of Soviet war production that would lead to victory over Hitler’s Germany in 1945.


      Module Three and Four - USA 1968-2001


      In these modules we 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..

      We will also 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..

      Another area in which the USA has had a great impact on a global scale is in popular culture. We will explore how the media, film, television, radio and journalism developed and changed during this period and consider the importance of sport in race relations..

      Finally we will consider the debate over the role of the state in the economy, to what extent should government interfere in a capitalist society? In this unit we will consider Reagan’s presidency and the New Right with a view of 'Reaganomics' and free market ideas.


      Module Five and Six - British Political History 1945-1990


      In the fifth and sixth modules of the diploma in History we will explore 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. We will investigate the key features of domestic policy during this period and how economic management, housing, unemployment led to rising living standards..

      We continue our investigation with the Labour and Conservative governments of1964-79. Why growing domestic problems such as inflation, wages policy, relations with trade unions were so problematic and the steps taken to deal with these domestic problems..

      Finally we will explore the factors that led to the Conservative election victory of 1979. We will also investigate the key features and policies of the Thatcher government. We will explore the domestic achievements of this government and consider the reasons why the Thatcher era remains a controversial one as well as the reasons for the fall of Margaret Thatcher in 1990.


      Module Seven through to Ten: Superpower Relations 1944-1990


      Having looked at the 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..

      We will explore 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..

      We will also 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. We will consider the results of these negotiations that led to the Test Ban Treaty..

      Another area of the Cold War was the relationship between the USSR and China. In these modules we will explore Sino-Soviet relations 1949-76 and how the alliance between these two communist states led to confrontation in Asia and the role of the USA in this relationship..

      We will explore what is known as 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.

Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit

Assessment Method

Final online multiple choice examination.

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.


Diploma in History

This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
Quality Assured by QLS

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an e-Certificate from Oxford Learning College. There is also the option to purchase an Embossed Certificate and also a certificate from ABC Awards for the qualification.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers. Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

How can I progress

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Additional Information

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.

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What's Included

Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department for the duration of the course (1 year). Certification upon completion. All examination fees.

Course Fee


Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

Further Information

The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.

The Level 3 Diplomas require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.

They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.

Level 3 Diploma courses can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.

Progression from Level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

This is a flexible learning course, so the more time you have to commit to your studies, the sooner you are able to complete.

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