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Bright Dzuda
Head of Department:
Mr Bright Dzuda

Members of Staff: Mr. H Sakarombe, Mrs. C Ramahlo, Mr. A Chishawa, Mr G Kepekepe

Why Study History?

History is an excellent preparation for the world of work. Society values people who are -Independent thinkers

  1. Open minded
  2. Good at problem-solving
  3. Able to pick out the essential from the trivial


Form 1 & 2 Syllabus

What is History -meaning

  • Reasons for studying history
  • Types of History
  • Sources of information-Evidence
  • Advantages and disadvantages of each source
  • History and the environment

The Origins of Mankind

  • Africa the cradle of mankind
  • The Stone Age period
  • The early Iron Age

Ancient Civilizations -Ancient Egypt

  • Ancient Rome
  • The great Zimbabwe

The Voyages of Discovery -Portuguese explorations

  • Spanish explorations
  • Reasons and results of Explorations

The Agric revolution and the Industrial Revolution

  • Causes
  • Developments
  • Effects

 The slave trade -The Atlantic Slave trade

  • Causes and effects on Africa, Europe & the Americas

Imperialism Scramble for Africa

Occupation of Zimbabwe to 1900




Cambridge IGCSE History-Syllabus code 0470

Students pursue a two year programme culminating in the IGCSE level

Candidates write Papers Paper 1, 2 hours, Paper 2, 2 hours and Paper 4 1 hour

The topic for paper 2 is prescribed each year by Cambridge


Post world war 1 Europe- Peace treaties 1919-23

Form 3 & 4 Specified Topics-Core Content

Post world war 1 Europe- Peace treaties 1919-23

  1. Peace treaties 1919-23
  2. The League of Nations 1920-1939
  3. The Great Depression1929
  4. Depth Study -Germany


The Cold War

Potsdam conference, Yalta conference 1945

Breakdown of Post war Alliance USA-USSR

Occupation of Eastern Europe by USSR

Resistance to communism-Containment -USA

America and the events in Cuba 1959-62

America and the Vietnam War


Collapse Soviet control of Eastern Europe


U.N.O Aims,Structure,

Its agencies and their work

UN in action Korea (1950-3, Congo 1960-3)


Cambridge International A & AS Level History

Syllabus code 9697

Cambridge Advanced Level History is one of the most recognised qualifications around the world.

It is accepted as proof of academic ability and of historical knowledge and understanding for entry to universities.

Advanced Level History: Students enter for the two papers listed below. .Students follow a staged assessment route to the Advanced Level qualification by taking the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) qualification first.)

For Advanced Subsidiary (AS) candidates enter for PAPER 4.1 3 hours

AS Level History- Syllabus code 9697

4.1 Paper 1: Modern European History 1789-1939

This paper focuses on the key developments that shaped European History from 1789 to 1939. Candidates study these developments in relation to the wider European context and in the light of broader issues: revolution, nationalism, imperialism, war and totalitarianism. This allows candidates to develop a more holistic understanding of Europe as a region.

Source-based study: The Origins of the First World War, 1870-1914

In this study, candidates will explore how conditions and events in Europe during the period 1870-1914 led to the outbreak of World War I. Candidates will also need to examine the historical controversies on the origins of the war.

Essay topics

Seven questions will be set. There will be one question on each of the following six themes, and one cross thematic question which will require candidates to draw links or make comparisons across the themes

Candidates will explore developments through the following themes:

1 The French Revolution

2 The Industrial Revolution

3 Nationalism

4 The ‘New Imperialism’, c. 1870-1900

5 The Russian Revolution

6 Totalitarianism between the Wars, 1919-39.

A 2 Level History-Syllabus code 9697

4.3 Paper 3: International History 1945-91 3 hours

This paper focuses on the key developments that shaped the international order after 1945. These developments will be studied in the light of the following themes

Source-based study: The Development of the United Nations, 1945-91

Candidates should have an understanding of how effective the United Nations has been in meeting its responsibilities, within the context of the changing international system. They should be aware of different views on and explanations of the effectiveness of the United Nations.

The study will focus on:

  • The power of the UN: the Covenant; the powers of the Security Council, General Assembly and Secretary-General; the role of the superpowers
  • Collective Security: peace-making, peace-keeping and peace enforcement
  • International Law: UN Conventions on Human Rights; UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); laws against international terrorism; laws against genocide
  • Social and economic progress: the role of the UN with regard to economic development, population, refugees, children, the environment.

Essay topics

Seven essay questions will be set, as follows:

  • Themes 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 one question set on each theme
  • Theme 2 (The Globalisation of the Cold War) Two questions set on this theme

Note: candidates will only be permitted to answer one of these. The two questions will differ in nature. One will be set on a specific country, and the other will be thematic, requiring candidates to use examples drawn from any two countries of the candidate’s choice.

  1. The Origins of the Cold War after World War II
  2. The Globalisation of the Cold War
  3. The Crisis of Communism and the end of the Cold War
  4. The Nuclear Arms Race, 1945-91
  5. The Development of the International Economy, 1945-91
  6. The Third World.