Course at a glance

This Accredited Level 2 History Diploma focuses on late 19th and 20th century world History, specifically in relation to Russia’s development into the Soviet Union, China throughout the 20th century and Europe during the Cold War. Key historical figures covered by the course include Lenin, Stalin, Kennedy, Khrushchev, Reagan, Gorbachev and Mao.

Students are required to demonstrate understanding of the key events, people, features, characteristics, changes and issues in the specified periods of history covered. The units of study link together and complement each other, and by the end of studying the course the students should be able to make links between them and have a fuller understanding of some key historical events of the 20th century.
The course is a year in length and divided into 2 units of study. At the end of each unit there is an associated TMA (Tutor Marked Assessment) which students are required to complete and submit. The course is formally assessed by an average grade being attained from the 2 submitted Assessments.

Accredited Level 2 History Diploma Entry Requirements

Basic English reading and writing skills, as full tutor support is given.

All students must be 16 years of age or above.

Study Hours

Approximately 160 hours.

Accredited Level 2 History Diploma Course Duration

1 Year.


You can enrol on the course at any time.

Awarding Body

AccordAI/Accord Certified

Quality Licence Scheme

Assessment Method

Two tutor marked assignments; one assignment after each unit.

Accredited Level 2 History Diploma Course Content

Accredited Level 2 History Diploma Unit 1: Russia and Superpower Relations 

Module 1: Autocracy and Revolt in Russia, 1881-1914

  • The reign of Alexander III
  • Problems facing Nicholas II, 1894-1905
  • The 1905 Revolution
  • The Dumas and Stolypin
  • The growth of opposition to Tsarist Rule

Module 2: A World Divided: Superpower Relations, 1945-62

  • Reasons for the Cold War
  • Early developments in the Cold War, 1945-49
  • The Cold War in the 1950s
  • The Berlin Crisis of 1961
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis

Accredited Level 2 History Diploma Unit 2: Communism and Conflict

Module 3: The Fall of Communism in Europe, 1979-91

  • Solidarity Movement in Poland
  • Economic problems in the Soviet Union
  • The policies of Gorbachev
  • Developments in eastern Europe, 1988-90
  • The Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia
  • The reunification of Germany

Module 4: Conflict, crisis and change: China c.1911-1989

  • China 1911-34
  • The triumph of Mao and the CCP, 1934–49
  • Change under Mao, 1949–63
  • The impact of the Cultural Revolution
  • China, 1969-89


This Accredited Level 2 History Diploma can be used in preparation for progressing to higher level study in relevant historical subjects (for example Accredited Level 3 Diplomas) or as a vehicle for career development or to fulfil entry requirements to education courses.