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Revision: Humanities

How to prepare for Humanities GCSE examinations

The best way to revise for any Humanities GCSE is to be pro-active. Take 20-40 minute slots to look over, read and make mind-maps, diagrams, bulleted notes, story boards or whatever method/activity is best for you. The message here is to DO SOMETHING and not put it off. Once you have revised a section of your notes go and do something completely different for 5-10 minutes before returning to your revision. REMEMBER- little and often.


Sociology OCR


Exam dates: 16th May pm Unit 1 and Unit 3 both 1 hr, 19th May pm Unit 2 - 1 ½ hours.

The exam papers are split into the following topic areas.

  • Unit 1 – Sociology Basics

  • Unit 3 – Research Methods

  • Unit 2- Socialisation, Culture and Identity.

Pupils are also able to download from the OCR website real exam papers from previous years and attempt those questions, mark schemes are also provided. All students have also been given revision guides for all topics.

www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-sociology-j696-from-2012/

Revision and Booster sessions: Revision and booster sessions are running every Wednesday night in F18 3pm- 4pm and Thursday morning from 8am. There will also be additional revision sessions in the Easter holidays - dates tbc.


Religious Studies WJEC


Exam dates: 16th May pm Unit 1; 7th June pm Unit 2. Both 1 hour and 45 minutes

The two exam papers are split into the following topic areas:

  • Unit 1 – Relationships, Our World, Looking for meaning & Is it fair. 

  • Unit 2-   Religion & Conflict, Religion & Medicine, Religious Expression & Religion & State

If students wish to purchase a revision guide, we would recommend the following. WJEC GCSE Religious Studies WJEC B Religion and Life Issues Revision Guide and the WJEC GCSE Religious Studies WJEC B Religion and Experience Revision Guide from the link. (£4.95)   

www.cgpbooks.co.uk/Student/whoAreYou.book_RWLR43

Pupils are also able to download from the WJEC website real exam papers from previous years and attempt those questions, mark schemes are also provided:

www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/qualification-resources.html?pastpaper=true&subject=ReligiousStudies&level=gcse   

Revision and booster sessions: These are running every week in G11 3pm- 4pm. There will also be additional booster sessions in the Easter holidays - dates tbc


History AQA


Exam dates: 6th June 9.00am Paper 1 (1hour 45mins) 14th June pm Paper 2 (1hour 45mins.)

The exam papers:

Paper 1 is broken down into the following topics. There is a 4 mark ‘describe’, 6 mark ‘interpretation’ and 10 mark ‘either or’ question to answer for each topic:

  • The Origins of the First World War (4,6,10)

  • Peace-making 1918-1919 and the League of Nations (4,6,10)

  • Hitler’s Foreign Policy and the Origins of the Second World War (4,6,10)

Students must answer all question from these three topics.

Paper 2 is broken down into the following topics.

  • Section A: There is a 4 mark ‘inference’, 6 mark ‘explain how’ and a 10 mark ‘evaluation of a source for usefulness’ question on the Roaring 20s: USA. 1919-1929.

  • Section B: An 8mark ‘explain’ and 12mark ‘do you agree with the interpretation’ question on The Depression and the New Deal: USA, 1929-1941 AND The war in Vietnam 1954- 1975.

Exam Materials: Pupils can download from the AQA website real exam papers from previous years and attempt those questions, mark schemes are also provided.

www.aqa.org.uk/exams-administration/exams-guidance/find-past-papers-and-mark-schemes

Revision and booster sessions:  These are running every Wednesday and Thursday lunch time in G13. There will also be additional booster sessions in the Easter holidays - dates tbc.


Geography AQA


Exam dates:  24th May pm  Paper 1 (1hour 30mins) 8th June Paper 2 (1hour 30mins.)

Revise your Case Studies as this is where information is gained to complete the 6-mark questions at the end of each exam question.

The two exam papers are split into the following topic areas - Students to answer 3 questions per paper out of a total of 7. Each paper is 1h 30 mins, so pupils should practise spending 30 mins per question, for a total of 25 marks.

The exam papers:

Unit 1 Physical Geography -37.5%

  • Section A -The Restless Earth, Rocks, Resources and Scenery, Challenge of Weather and Climate and Living World

  • Section B -Water on the Land, Ice on the Land and the Coastal Zone

Candidates answer three questions, one from Section A and one from Section B plus free choice of one other.

Pupils will answer questions on Restless Earth, Water on Land and Living World (Ecosystems)

Unit 2 Human Geography – 37.5%

  • Section A - Population Change, Changing Urban Environments, Changing Rural Environments

  • Section B- The Development Gap, Globalisation, Tourism

Candidates answer three questions, one from Section A and one from Section B plus free choice of one other. Spelling, punctuation and grammar will be assessed in this unit.

Pupils will answer questions on Population Change, Globalisation and Tourism

Unit 3 – Local Field Work Investigation -25%

Exam Materials: We recommend the CGP GCSE Geography revision guide.

Pupils can also download practice papers from the AQA website for Geography Specification A and work through past examples trying hard to answer the more difficult questions.

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-a-9030/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

Revision and booster sessions:  These are running every Wednesday night in G12 3pm- 4pm. There will also be additional booster sessions in the Easter holidays - dates tbc.


Citizenship GCSE Edexcel


Exam dates: 16th  May pm Paper 1 (1hour.) 19th May pm Paper 2 (1hour 15mins.)

The two exam papers are split into the following topic areas.

  • Unit 1 – rights and responsibilities, power and politics, the global community

  • Unit 3- Source based questions all relating to changing communities of the UK

Exam Materials: Pupils are able to download from the Edexcel website real exam papers from previous years and attempt those questions, mark schemes are also provided. 

www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse09/citizenship-studies/Pages/default.aspx

Revision and Booster sessions: Revision and booster sessions are running every Thursday night in F18, 3pm- 4pm. There will also be additional booster sessions in the Easter holidays. Date tbc.


Psychology GCSE WJEC


Exam dates: 6th June pm Unit 1 and 9th June pm Unit 2 both 1.5 hr papers.

The two papers are split as follows:

  • Unit 1: Social, Biological and Developmental Psychology.

  • Unit 2: Cognitive, Individual Differences and Research Methods and Ethical issues.

Exam Materials: Pupils are able to download from the WJEC website past papers and mark- schemes to practice at home. Students have also been given a selection to practice themselves. Students have also been provided with revision guides for each unit, including a 6 mark question booklet with sample answers they have written for all possible extended questions. These should be revised carefully.

www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/qualification-resources.html?subject=Psychology&level=GCSE&pastpaper=true

Revision and Booster sessions: Revision and booster sessions are running every Thursday night in F18, 3pm- 4pm. There will also be additional booster sessions in the Easter and Whit holidays - dates tbc.

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