Unit 2 – British Depth Study

We follow the Edexcel specification for History

Coherence is achieved in the Advanced Subsidiary course by the links between the themes in Unit 1 and the depth studies in this unit. Each of the studies in this unit explores issues of power,influence and control in society within the context of British history.  These issues, including politics, values and beliefs, are conceptually linked and are extended through the themes specified in Unit 1.  These themes, in conjunction with their British history studies, will allow students to reflect upon the operation of power and the forces for change in power relationships in different societies or (in the case of those following an exclusively British history route) at different times.  In this unit, students will study British history in some depth. Grounded in an exploration of source material in its historical context, this unit enables students to develop an in-depthunderstanding of the attitudes, beliefs and structures of the societies they study.  In working with selected sources, students will be required to demonstrate evidence skills which enable them to make reasoned and supported judgements and to address a historical view or claim.

We study Option D: The British Empire Challenged. Each option paper includes two topics. Candidates are required to study one topic. The topic studied at Ashbourne is Britain and India. Within each option paper, candidates are required to answertwo source-based questions for their chosen topic, question (a) and question (b). Candidates will be provided with seven to nine unseen sources of approximately 550 words in total per topic. These sources will be made available with the examination paper.  The first question (a) on each topic is worth 20 marks and willfocus on reaching a judgement by analysis, cross-referencing and evaluation of source material.  The second question (b) on each topic is worth 40 marks and will ask candidates to address an historical view or claim using two sources in conjunction with their own knowledge. A choice of (b) questions, (b) (i) and (b) (ii), will be provided for each topic.  The examination will last one hour and twenty minutes.





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