Revision Buddies GCSE History

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GCSE Modern History: Written by passionate teachers, developed by a team dedicated to transforming GCSE revision

Practice makes perfect! Test yourself for just 10 minutes every day and be amazed at how your results can improve.

– Revise anywhere, anytime
– Comprehensive content covering topics from the Edexcel, AQA and OCR syllabuses
– Test yourself with over 1500 questions with detailed explanations
– Review your answers, find the gaps in your learning
– Monitor progress with self-assessment graphs
– Access relevant past papers and mark schemes
– Share your results with friends on Facebook and Twitter
– Email progress charts to your teacher or upload results through smart integration with applications such as Firefly and Dropbox

Designed to ensure a full understanding of the majority of the Edexcel and AQA syllabuses with the full spread of OCR coming soon – see below for topic detail.


We aim to consolidate knowledge, further understanding and boost confidence in the lead up to GCSEs. Use this app anytime, anywhere – once downloaded, you can use it offline – simply select the topics appropriate to you and get to grips with the facts that you need to know for your exams.


Have a look and see how we can transform your students’ revision experience. Like what you see? Get in touch to find out how you can take advantage of our bulk purchase programmes, and get our apps to direct to your students, regardless of their device, with no faff.

Key Topics:

1 Britain WW1: Before, During and After
2 Britain WW2: Before, During and After
3 Germany: 1918-1939: The Rise of Hitler
4 Germany: the Weimar Republic
5 The USSR and Stalin
6 Russia: The Fall of the Tsarist Regime, the road to Communism and the development of the USSR
7 The USA: Racism and intolerance, civil rights and a changing society
8 The USA: Economic boom and the Roaring 20s
9 The USA: The Great Depression and the New Deal
10 Causes of WW1
11 The Peace Treaties and how Europe was affected
12 The road to WW2
13 Cold War Crises: Berlin, Cuba, Czechoslovakia
14 The development of the Super Powers and the Cold War
15 The end of the Cold War
16 Anglo-Saxon and Norman England
17 Medicine: 1250 to Present and The Western Front, Injuries, Treatment and The Trenches

For more detail on the content of each topic please see our website:

Testimonials from the series:

From students:

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From parents:

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“Working whilst with two children doing their GCSEs is not easy so being able to rely on this app is great. I wanted to ensure the quality of the content so went through it myself first, quite enjoyed it really!! Looking forward to a few more topics! Thanks”

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Course Content

Topics Covered

1 WW1 and WW2: Britain Before, During and After

Britain WW1: Before, During and After Including: The Suffragettes, the works of Rowntree, the Liberal Party and its reforms: The Children’s Charter and welfare Acts of parliament, The BEF, WW1 war tactics and weapons, the Battles of the Somme, Ypres and Verdun, DORA, Government censorship and propaganda, Conscription, Rationing, the role of women in WW1, Economic decline post WW1 and industrial action Britain WW2: Before, During and After Including: The Great Depression and its effects, the Dole, the Means Test, the Jarrow Crusade and unemployment, The Battle of Britain, Dunkirk Spirit, The Blitz, Rationing and the role of women in WW2, D-Day and the end of war, the introduction of the Labour Party, the Welfare State and the development of the NHS

2. Germany between WW1 and WW2

Germany: The Weimar Republic Including: The Weimar Republic, its origins and initial problems, Opposition to the treaty of Versailles, The Kapp Putsch, impact of the Great Depression, hyperinflation, The work of Stresemann for German recovery, The Dawes and Young Plans, Germany’s reappearance on the international stage, the decline of the Weimar Republic and problems in its ability to make decisions in times of crisis Germany: 1918-1939: The Rise of Hitler Including: Hitler and the development of the Nazi Party, the Munich Putsch, Mein Kampf and the reorganisation of the Nazi Party, political opinion of the Nazi party during the 1920s and 1930s, the impact of the Great Depression, the role of the SA, the Struggle for power. The removal of opposition, the Reichstag Fire, the Enabling Act, The Night of the Long Knives. The Police State and effect of Propaganda, Society in Nazi Germany, minority groups under Nazi rule and much more…

3. Russia: the collapse of Tsarism, the rise of Communism Russia:

The Fall of the Tsarist Regime; The road to Communism Including: The autocratic nature of Tsarist rule, Tsar Nicholas II, his character and flaws, the growth of opposition, the impact of WW1, food shortages and overcrowding,The Tsarina and Rasputin, the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II. The Provisional Government and its weaknesses. The October Revolution, The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, the Civil War, War Communism, the Kronstadt mutiny and the NEP, the roles of Lenin and Trotsky The USSR and Stalin Including: Stalin and the Power Struggle following the death of Lenin, The Great Purge, Society under Stalin, the NKVD, The Cult of Stalin, Collectivisation, the Kulaks, the 5 year plans, Rapid Industrialisation, The Show trials and their impact, Propaganda and censorship, the rewriting of history and much more…

4. The USA: A changing Society  

The USA: The Economic Boom and the Roaring 20s Including: Economic boom after WW1, mass production, consumerism, hire purchase, post WW1 European dependence on the USA and its decline, overproduction and the effects of Isolationism on industry and agriculture. The Roaring 20, Flappers, the Charleston, the changing position of women, Prohibition and gangsters, Al Capone The USA: The Great Depression and the New Deal Including: Buying on the margin, The Wall Street Crash and its effects, Republican policy, Laissez Faire, Hoovervilles, Bonus marchers, unemployment, homelessness and the dust bowl. Roosevelt and the New Deal, The Alphabet Agencies, policies towards agriculture, industry, unemployment and welfare. The Second New Deal, opposition to the New Deal, the long and short term effects of the New Deal and Roosevelt’s policies   The USA: Racism and intolerance, Civil Rights and a Changing Society Including: Racism and intolerance, immigration laws, the Ku Klux Klan, McCarthyism, The HUAC, The Red Scare, The Alger Hiss Case, The Hollywood 10, Prohibition, Martin Luther King and Peaceful Protest, Black Power, Malcolm X, other Civil Rights movements, the Montgomery bus boycott, Sit ins, Counter Culture, The Civil Rights Acts, the changing position of women – their fight for equal rights and much more…

5. The causes of WW1, the Peace Treaties and the road to WW2  

Causes of WW1 Including: The Growth of tensions in Europe up to 1914, international rivalry, the Entente Cordiale, the Triple Entente and the development of the Alliance system,  the Great Powers and relations with the Balkans, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s aggressive foreign policy, the Growth of nationalism, the Moroccan crises, the Anglo-German arms race, the Black Hand and the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the Schlieffen Plan and the declaration of war   The Peace Treaties and how Europe was affected Including: The armistice of WW1, The Paris Peace Conference and the ‘big three’, The terms of the Treaty of Versailles and German reaction, the aims of the Allies in the creation of the Peace Treaties, the terms and effects of the Treaties of Neuilly, Trianon, St Germain, Sèvres and Lausanne, the transformation of Europe after WW2, The creation of the League of Nations, its organisation and power, the work and aims of the League of Nations The road to WW2 Including: Japan and Manchuria, Italy and Abyssinia, the weaknesses and failure of the League of Nations, Challenges to the Peace Settlements, Hitler’s aggressive leadership: Lebensraum, Grossdeutschland, re-armament, Anschluss; Appeasement and its failures, the Sudetenland crisis, the Pact of Steel, the Nazi Soviet Pact, Poland and the outbreak of war and much more…

6. The Cold War  

The development of the Super Powers and the Cold War Including: The ideological differences between the Super Powers, Yalta and Potsdam conferences, Cominform, Comecon, the Warsaw Pact and the Iron Curtain. The arms race and nuclear power, The Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, Bizonia, the Berlin Blockade and airlift, Hungary, Nagy’s rule and Soviet reaction Cold War Crises: Berlin, Cuba, Czechoslovakia Including: Berlin and the problem with migration, Khrushchev and demilitarisation, the issue of the U2 spy plane and Khrushchev’s relations with Kennedy and Eisenhower. The development of the Berlin wall and Western reaction. Cuba: Relations between Cuba and the USA, the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban missile crisis, the 13 days, Kennedy’s leadership, the Hot Line and development of the Test Ban Treaty. Czechoslovakia: Dubcek and Socialism with a human face, the reforms of the Prague Spring, Soviet reaction and the reestablishment of Soviet control, Western reaction and more… The end of the Cold War Including: SALT 1, Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, The collapse of Détente, the Helsinki Accords, Soviet intervention in Poland, SALT 2, the Olympic boycotts, Star Wars. Changing attitudes of American and Soviet leaders, The INF Treaty, Gorbachev’s policies of Perestroika and Glasnost, the collapse of the USSR, the end of the Warsaw Pact, the collapse of the Berlin Wall

7. Anglo-Saxon and Norman England  

Anglo-Saxon England and theNorman Conquest, 1060-66 Including: Anglo-Saxon society, The last years of Edwards the Confessor and the succession crisis, The rival claimants for the throne, The Norman invasion William I in power: securing the kingdom, 1066-87 Including: Establishing control, The causes and outcomes of Anglo-Saxon resistance 1068-71, The legacy of resistance to 1087, Revolt of the Earls, 1075 Norman England, 1066-88 Including: The feudal system and the Church, Norman government, The Norman aristocracy, William I and his sons

8. Medicine in Britain, c1250–present

c1250–c1500: Medicine in medieval England Including: Supernatural and religious explanations of the cause of disease, Rational explanations: the Theory of the Four Humours and the miasma theory; the continuing influence in England of Hippocrates and Galen. Approaches to prevention and treatment and their connection with ideas about disease and illness: religious actions, bloodletting and purging, purifying the air, and the use of remedies. New and traditional approaches to hospital care in the thirteenth century. The role of the physician, apothecary and barber surgeon in treatment and care provided within the community and in hospitals, c1250–1500. Dealing with the Black Death, 1348–49; approaches to treatment and attempts to prevent its spread. c1500–c1700: The Medical Renaissance in England Including: Continuity and change in explanations of the cause of disease and illness. A scientific approach, including the work of Thomas Sydenham in improving diagnosis. The influence of the printing press and the work of the Royal Society on the transmission of ideas. Continuity in approaches to prevention, treatment and care in the community and in hospitals. Change in care and treatment: improvements in medical training and the influence in England of the work of Vesalius. Key individual: William Harvey and the discovery of the circulation of the blood. Dealing with the Great Plague in London, 1665: approaches to treatment and attempts to prevent its spread. c1700–c1900: Medicine in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain Including: Continuity and change in explanations of the cause of disease and illness. The influence in Britain of Pasteur’s Germ Theory and Koch’s work on microbes. The extent of change in care and treatment: improvements in hospital care and the influence of Nightingale. The impact of anaesthetics and antiseptics on surgery. New approaches to prevention: the development and use of vaccinations and the Public Health Act 1875. Key individual: Jenner and the development of vaccination. Fighting Cholera in London, 1854; attempts to prevent its spread; the significance of Snow and the Broad Street pump. c1900–present: Medicine in modern Britain Including: Advances in understanding the causes of illness and disease: the influence of genetic and lifestyle factors on health. Improvements in diagnosis: the impact of the availability of blood tests, scans and monitors. The extent of change in care and treatment. The impact of the NHS and science and technology: improved access to care; advances in medicines, including magic bullets and antibiotics; high-tech medical and surgical treatment in hospitals. New approaches to prevention: mass vaccinations and government lifestyle campaigns.Key individuals: Fleming, Florey and Chain’s development of penicillin. The fight against lung cancer in the twenty-first century: the use of science and technology in diagnosis and treatment; government action.

8. The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches

Including: The context of the British sector of Western Front and the theatre of war in Flanders and northern France: the Ypres salient, the Somme, Arras and Cambrai. The trench system – its construction and organisation, including frontline and support trenches. The use of mines at Hill 60 near Ypres and the expansion of tunnels, caves and quarries at Arras. Significance for medical treatment of the nature of the terrain and problems of the transport and communications infrastructure.Conditions requiring medical treatment on the Western Front, including the problems of ill health arising from the trench environment. The nature of wounds from rifles and explosives. The problem of shrapnel, wound infection and increased numbers of head injuries. The effects of gas attacks. The work of the RAMC and FANY. The system of transport: stretcher bearers, horse and motor ambulances. The stages of treatment areas: aid post and field ambulance, dressing station, casualty clearing station, base hospital. The underground hospital at Arras. The significance of the Western Front for experiments in surgery and medicine: new techniques in the treatment of wounds and infection, the Thomas splint, the use of mobile x-ray units, the creation of a blood bank for the Battle of Cambrai. The historical context of medicine in the early twentieth century: the understanding of infection and moves towards aseptic surgery; the development of x-rays; blood transfusions and developments in the storage of blood.