CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT (COURSEWORK)

Counting towards 25% of your GCSE is your Course Work (Controlled Assessment) which will be conducted in the classroom under exam conditions. In order to help you prepare for your final 2000 word write up there are a series of documents below which we suggest you have a close look at to help you prepare suffciently.
CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT: A Study in Depth
The Highfield History students will be entered for Controlled Assessment, the option that we have gone for is known as Option 4: A study in Depth. This requires us to study an on-going relationship over a period of about twenty years. For this we have chosen to study the first half of the Cold War and it’s origins during the Second World War. Therefore our student will study relations between American (Capitalist) and Russian (Communist) societies/countries, in depth between 1941-1963. Details and notes of this topic can all be found on pages 2a, 2b and 2c in the right hand column.

Students should:- study different features of the US and Soviet societies and their diversity. Social, economic, political and cultural issues should be studied where appropriate. The values and beliefs of different groups should be studied as well as the relationships between the USA and USSR. The importance of individuals (such as Stalin, Truman, Khrushchev and Kennedy) should also be known. Change and continuity, and their causes, between these countries society should be studied.
The issues listed above should be studied through:- the critical use of a range of source material and by considering a range of representations and interpretations of the societies. The reasons for the different interpretations and representations should also be considered (e.g. Why does an American historian say negative things about the Soviet Union?)

The task will test all assessment objectives. It will require students to carry out an historical enquiry using their findings from a range of sources, interpretations and representations. They will have access to earlier work completed in class and other resources such as books, photographs, primary sources and the internet.

Every year we are sent a slightly different question to which we will adapt it to fit our chosen study. The sorts of tasks that we will ask you do for your final essay might ask you to:- explain why there was tension between different groups within the society.- assess how far the relationship between the societies changed over a period of time.
In completing the task candidates should use their knowledge and understanding of the societies, and should support their arguments and conclusions by a critical use of historical sources as evidence. Overall this is about a 2000 word essay that will be completed in exam conditions in lesson time over a two week period. This is to be conducted in the Summer Term of Year 10. We receive the question during the Easter Holiday, by which point we will have covered most of the topics that you will be writing your Controlled Assessment on. For students who would be entitled to additional time in the exams, you will likewise be offered additional time to complete the essay.

Below is a copy of the markscheme that we have devised in the department, you can see the different assessment objectives and how you can progress in each one. Our suggestion is that if you're aiming for a grade C, you should include at least two sources per topic discussed, if you're aiming for a grade B then at least three per topic and you'll need to include around four sources per topic if you're aiming for a grade A or A*.


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To help you think about how to write up your answer and to see what the examiner wants, have a read through the two examples of an answer to the question:

Did changes in relations happen at the same rate between 1953 and 1962?
Have a look at the differences between these answers and see what you could do that is the same to get the grade that you want. Compare these answers to the markscheme, what has each of these essays done well, and where could they improve. One of the best ways to improve your own ability to write well is to come up with suggestions for improvement on someone else's work.



CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT QUESTION:2012-2014 COHORT
2011-2013 COHORTHow far was the building of the Berlin Wall the most important development in creating
tension between the USA and the USSR during the period 1941-1963?
2010-2012 COHORTWhy was there unresolved hostility between the USA and the USSR during the period 1945-1965?

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT PRACTICE QUESTIONS:
How far was the Berlin Blockade the most important event in causing the Cold Warbetween the USA and the USSR during the period 1945-1949?
How important was Stalin in worsening relations between theUSSR and the USA between 1945 and 1953?


To what extent was the Cuban Missile Crisis a victory for either the USA or the USSR?

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT DOCUMENTS:

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Threats to Peace 1950-1961: What was the greatets threat to international peace, 1950-61?

Korea, Hungary and Space Race Sources



Berlin Wall sources and facts:


The views of British historians on Korea, the Berlin Wall, the Space Race and the Hungarian Uprising



Evidence for Korea, Hungary and Space Race:










SOURCES FOR YOU TO USE IN YOUR ESSAY




WEBSITES WORTH VISITING TO DO SOME RESEARCH AND GATHER SOURCES:
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STRUCTURING YOUR ANSWER



NOTES TO HELP YOU
EXTENSION ARTICLES FOR YOU TO READ ABOUT THE COLD WAR
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Cold War Articles


RULES FOR THE WRITE UP:INSTRUCTIONS FOR CANDIDATES
  • Time Control: 8 hours.
  • Word Recommendation: 2000 words.
  • Complete essay on lined paper in Black or Blue ink.
  • Essay must be handed in to invigilating teacher at the end of each session
  • You will need to select from all the information you have which will be most useful for answering the question. Leave out material that is not relevant to the question.
  • Then you need to plan your answer
  • Remember – the most important thing you must do is answer the question. Do not simply write down everything you know about the Cold War. Try to keep to the question all the way through your answer.
  • You have to reach a judgement about why the Americans and Soviets were in conflict with each other.
  • You will need to explain a number of reasons why they were both in conflict. Do not try to write about too many reasons e.g. it is better to explain 3 reasons properly than explain 7 or 8 reasons very briefly. Be careful not to write a chronological account.
  • You should also try to explain if you think any of your reasons are more important than others. Why are they more important?
  • Throughout your answer you should support your arguments with evidence from sources. You should also try to evaluate these sources and explain how useful they have been in helping you answer the question.
  • There will be different views about why these groups have been in conflict. You should try to bring some of these interpretations and representations into your answer. How and why do they differ? Do you agree with them?
  • You will need to write a conclusion summing up your main views about the question – why were the two groups in conflict (this includes explaining which are the most important reasons)? You should have made clear, and supported, your views about this before you come to the conclusion. Make sure you support your conclusion with evidence.
  • Focus on the causation dimension rather than describe the nature of the hostility