Key Stage 4

History 

GCSE Specification - Edexcel History A (2HA01)

Unit 1 International Relations: The Era of the Cold War 1943–1991

••Externally assessed - 25% of the total GCSE

Overview of content

•• The era of the Cold War 1943–1991

This unit gives students an opportunity to study the changes in international relations through the era of the Cold War 1943–1991 and the factors bringing about these changes.

The unit includes three key topics. All the topics must be studied. The key features of each topic are summarised in three bullet points. The features are amplified in the text beneath.

The key topics provide a framework for understanding the topic, but cannot be taken in isolation from one another, and students should be encouraged to appreciate the connections that exist. Examination questions may cross two or more key topics.
 

Overview of assessment

••Students will be assessed through a single examination.

••Students answer six questions and there are 53 marks available in total.

••Of the 53 raw marks available, up to 3 marks are awarded for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG).

•• The examination time is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

 

Unit 2 Modern World Depth Study

••Externally assessed - 25% of the total GCSE

Overview of content

Students should select one of the following three options:

••Option 2A: Germany 1918–39

••Option 2B: Russia 1914–39

••Option 2C: The USA 1919–41.

Overview of assessment

••Students will be assessed through a single examination.

••Students answer six questions and there are 54 marks available.

••Of the 54 raw marks available, up to 4 marks are awarded for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG).

•• The examination time is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

 

Unit 3 Modern World Source Enquiry

••Externally assessed - 25% of the total GCSE

Overview of content

Students should select one of the following three options:

••Option 3A: War and the transformation of British society c1903–28

••Option 3B: War and the transformation of British society c1931–51

••Option 3C: The transformation of British society c1951–79.

Overview of assessment

••Students will be assessed through a single examination based on sources.

••Students answer five questions and there are 53 marks available.

••Of the 53 raw marks available, up to 3 marks are awarded for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG).

•• The examination time is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

 

Unit 4 Representations of History

•• Internally assessed - 25% of the total GCSEs

Overview of content

Students should select one of the following 13 options:

CA1: Germany 1918–39

CA2: Russia and the USSR 1917–39

CA3: USA 1919–41

CA4: China 1945–76

CA5: Vietnam c1950–75

CA6: Civil rights and protest in the USA 1945–70

CA7: The Indian subcontinent: the road to independence 1918–47

 

British history options

CA8: Crime, policing and protest in England c1886–c1926

CA9: Northern Ireland c1968–99

CA10: The impact of war on Britain c1914–45 (this option may have a local focus as CA10L)

CA11: Change in British society 1951–79

CA12: Power and political transformation in Britain 1970–90.

CA13: The causes of the Great War c1882–1914

Overview of assessment

••Students are assessed through a single internally-assessed, externally-moderated assessment consisting of one task. This task is assessed under controlled conditions.

•• There are 50 marks available for this assessment.

 

Useful exam resources to download at home.

Exam resources:-

Unit 1 - International Relations past papers

Unit 2 - USA 1919-41 past papers

Unit 3 - War and transformation of British society

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