GCSE History – Schools History Project - A guide to what to expect in June 2009.
The idea of this booklet is to help you prepare for your exams in June, by explaining what topics you need to look at, which need most preparation and what type of questions you can expect to answer.
Firstly you need to know that the exam papers are now marked online and so you need to ensure your work is neat and easy to read.
There are two exams.
Exam 1 is now divided into two papers. Confusingly they’re both called paper 1!! One paper assesses what we’ve studied on Germany
One paper assesses what we’ve looked at in our study of crime and punishment.
Exam 2 looks at the skills of Sourcework in what are called the nominated topics, in 2009 these will be
2009: Punishment and Protest in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries • Prisons and Transportation.
• The Tolpuddle trade unionists and the response of the authorities. • Dealing with political protest: the Suffragettes.
Exam 1 – Introduction
Both papers from exam 1 are worth the same amount of marks so you need to give each paper the same amount of time. You have to complete all of question 1 and then one extended written either question. Question 1 of each exam is worth 25 marks and is split into 3 parts. The extended written question is worth 15 marks.
You get 120 minutes so try to spend 60 minutes on each paper. This should tell you that you have as each paper is worth 40 marks then you need to work on the basis that each mark is worth no more than 1½ minutes so if you are working on a question worth 8 marks then you should spend no more than 12 minutes on it.
The emphasis in Exam 1 is on the ability to recall, select, organise and use your subject knowledge and show it through describing, analysing and explaining your answer. This means you need to be able to focus on:
• important events, changes and issues
• key features and characteristics of the periods, societies or situations.
You have to complete one compulsory question (usually split into 3 smaller questions) and then choose one question from two to write an extended answer.
The study does not entail detailed coverage of the Second World War. The rise of the Nazi party
• The Weimar Republic: strengths and weaknesses; opposition. The impact of the Treaty of Versailles; the origins of National Socialism. • The impact of economic problems in the 1920s and the Wall Street Crash. • The role of Hitler in the rise of the Nazi party.
Government of the Third Reich
• The creation and nature of the Nazi State; the role of Hitler as Führer. • Methods of control: the Nazi party; policies towards the press, civil liberties, political parties and opponents. • Resistance to Nazi government; the role of churches and opposition groups. Education, youth and propaganda
• The appeal of Nazism to youth: youth movements in Nazi Germany; the role of youth in the rise of National Socialism. • Education in schools and universities in Nazi Germany: the use of propaganda in education. • Propaganda: methods and messages; the role of propaganda in the rise of National Socialism and in Nazi Germany. Crime and Punishment, looks at how the nature of crime, detection, trial and punishment has changed since 1450. You have to answer the compulsory question 1 (usually split into 3 smaller questions) on what you’ve studied and question 4 on our chosen extension unit 3 topic (there are three units to choose from but we’re only studying one, ours is called Changing Views of the Nature of Criminal Activity)
Question 1 could be on any of the following key topics (it will probably be in 3 parts on 3 different topics from this list); c1450–c1750
• Crime and punishment in the late Middle Ages.
• The nature of criminal activity: crimes against the individual and property; violent crime; the nature of theft: highwaymen. • Law enforcement and punishment: local law enforcement;...
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