How will I be assessed?
Some unit assessments test your knowledge and some test your ability to evaluate and analyse source material. Units are assessed in the following way.
One source based question (4-6 sources) comprising two sub-questions will be set on each of the options. The first sub-question (20 marks) will focus on reaching a judgment by analysis, cross-referencing and evalutaion of source material. The second sub-question (40 marks) will ask students to address an historical view or claim, using two or three sources in conjunction with their own knowledge.
Four questions will be set on each option, two on each of its sections. Students will be required to answer one question (both parts). The first part (20 marks) will focus on identification of key features. The second part (40 marks) will focus on causation.
Two questions will be set, each with two sub questions. Students will be required to answer one question. The first sub-question (20 marks) will focus on identification of key issues. The second sub-question (40 marks) will focus on reaching a judgment.
Two two-part essay questions will be set. Students will be required to answer one question. The question will have an analytical focus, requiring students to reach a substantiated judgment on a historical issue or problem.
Coursework assignment where students analsye the process of change over time over a period of at least 100 years. Coursework will be 2000 to 3000 words long.
This paper will require students to reach substantiated judgments, which demonstrate their synoptic understanding of the essential characteristics of historical study at Advanced GCE. Students will be assessed on their ability to make links between the sources provided, their knowledge of the topic studied and their understanding of the basis upon which historians have reached their differing views. Students will be provided with 6 or 7 sources, totally around 800 words.
Two questions will be set on each option, both of which must be answered. The first question (20 marks) will require candidates to compare and contrast the source material, using it in context, in order to make and support a judgment on the key features of an historical movement, event, episode or issue. The second question (40 marks) Will require pupils to compare, contrast and evaluate the source material in the process of exploring and reaching a judgment about a key area of historical interpretation or debate.