DEPTH STUDY: BRITAIN 1890-1918THE LIBERAL REFORMS, THE SUFFRAGETTES,HOME FRONT IN THE GREAT WAR
Throughout your GCSE studies you will be given practice exams. These assessments do not count towards your final GCSE grade, but they are to be conducted as though they were real exams. This is vitally important to give you the practice of not only knowing how to answer the questions, but to do so within the time limits of the exam. It is expected that you will revise for each assessment and if you fall two grades or more below your target grade, then you will be expected to re-sit the assessment within the next two weeks. This will give you a chance to revise again and improve on the areas that you went wrong. This will be conducted after school as there is insufficient time in lessons or at lunchtime to complete it. This is not a punishment and should be viewed as a good opportunity to make progress more quickly, rather than having to wait half a term until the next assessment.

Assessments covered so far this year:
NO ASSESSMENTS HAVE SO FAR BEEN CONDUCTED ON THE PAPER 2 TOPIC IN 2012-2013
THE NATURE, THE ORIGIN AND THE PURPOSE OF THE SOURCE

In other words - Who, Where, When, What, How and Why was it produced?
Don't forget you will sometimes need to think about how USEFUL the source is.
  • In this case you need to remember that ALL sources are useful

On other occasions you will be asked to think about how RELIABLE a source is.
  • If you don't figure out the Nature and Origin of the source, it will be impossible to prove the source's reliability.
  • Do not get reliability and usefulness confused - just because a source is biased or one sided (which ALL sources are to a degree), it doesn't make them less useful, in fact it often makes them more useful because you are then able to work out what someone was thinking, this is something they don't say in so many words, but you can work it out by reading between the lines. This is a very difficult skill, but one which will benefit you greatly if you can.

Advice for assessments and exam
In order to prepare yourself properly for the assessments and the exams you should spend time reading through your notes to ensure that they make sense. Compare them with each of the pages on this wikisite. We have included all the topics that you will need to a basic depth. You should only spend your time revising the topic that you do not know well, if you revise the ones that you do know, then you're probably wasting your time. Below are a series of helpful work sheets on how to answer each style of question. For this Paper 2 exam there are six styles of question - all of which refer to at least one source, several will ask for you to compare two sources and one will ask you to assess all of the sources. In every answer it is vitally important that you make reference to the correct source and your own knowledge on the topic. There are some straight forward things that you must do to "jump through the hoops" that the exam board are setting for you.
It is essential though that no matter what the source question is, you remember the Golden Rule for sources - you ANSWER THE QUESTION, then support your answer with some EVIDENCE FROM THE SOURCE and further support this with some RELEVANT OWN KNOWLEDGE. If you include two pieces from the source and two aspects of relevant own knowledge you won't go far wrong from the A Grade. It is that straight forward!
Q.1
The first question that you are likely to be asked is:
What is the message of this source? This will always be the first question in the exam paper and could be on any of the International Relations topics (i.e. Treaty of Versailles, League of Nations or the Causes of the Second World War). In addition this is a common question to come up on one of the Russian topics as well. Click on the link below to see how to structure your answer.
Q.2
Question 2 is often:
Why was this source produced? This question will only ever appear in the Russian section. Click on the link below to see how to structure your answer.

Q.3
Question 3 is normally:
Who do you think made this source? This question is also one only for the Russian section. Click on the link below to see how to structure your answer.

Q.4
By Question 4 you should expect something like:
How far does this source prove that...? This question is also one only for the Russian section and is an "iceberg" question - it mentions one topic but expects you to know at least two others that might be to do with the question, but is not shown or mentioned in the source. Click on the link below to see how to structure your answer.

Q.5
Question 5 is normally:

Q.6
Finally the last question usually gives you a quote and then asks you:


REVISION BOOKLET

The important thing to be aware of with this exam is that it is ENTIRELY SOURCE BASED. You will get a total of SEVEN or EIGHT sources, some of which you might have seen before, others you certainly will not have done. There are a total of SIX questions, and ONLY ONE of the above topics will come up. You must revise for all three as you will not know which one the examiner will decide to focus on until you are in the exam room. There is no point in guessing which one will come up as there is no pattern or order in which they appear.
Your knowledge on these topics is vital for you to be able to explain the sources, but what the examiner is looking for is your understanding of how to interpret the sources, these are the same skills that you have been using for your Controlled Assessment and Paper 1 exam. So the important factors to be aware of are:
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PAPER 2 - BRITISH DEPTH STUDY 1890-1918 PAST EXAM PAPERS
SPECIMEN PAPERHOME FRONT IN WWI
2012 JuneTHE LIBERAL REFORMS
2012 JanuaryTHE SUFFRAGETTES
2011 JuneHOME FRONT IN WWI2011 JanuaryTHE SUFFRAGETTES
2010 June (New Specification)THE LIBERAL REFORMS

2010 June (Legacy Specification)THE SUFFRAGETTES

2010 JanuaryHOME FRONT IN WWI

2009HOME FRONT IN WWI


2008THE LIBERAL REFORMS

2007