Schemes of Work with OCR History Curriculum

Unit: Urban Environments: Patterns of Migration (J410/11)

  • This British thematic study, developed in conjunction with The Black and Asian Studies Association, focuses on patterns of change and continuity in Migration to Britain over a long period of British history, c.1000–c.2010
  • Learners consider the following concepts when studying this unit: society, culture, economy, politics, migration, empire, identity, racism and resistance.
  • The Everyday Muslim schemes of work are of particular use in the teaching of migration in Britain between 1900–c.2010

The lessons cover the following themes and content

Key topics

c.1000–1500 N/A

c.1500–1900 N/A



  • Reasons for immigration
  • The experiences and actions of immigrants
  • Responses to immigration
  • Impact of immigration
  • Ideas of national ‘identity’
  • The impact on immigration of Britain’s relationship with the wider world

Commonwealth migration after the Second World War: the varied reasons for this immigration; the impact of immigrants; the experiences of immigrants; the resulting debate over immigration – political racism and antiracism; the impact of race relations legislation and immigration controls including the 1962 Commonwealth Immigrants Act and the 1981 British Nationality Act.

Immigration as a political issue c.1990–c.2010: the debate over a ‘multi-cultural society’; attitudes towards, and treatment of, political refugees and asylum seekers; the issues raised by EU ‘open borders’.