Schools in Africa may find it interesting to study Depth Study H: The Impact of Western Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century, covering the Scramble for Africa among other things. Paper 2 - the tricky ‘skills' paper, with a slight difference to the OCR paper in that the topic is prescribed by CIE each year (one year ahead helpfully) taken from the Core Content, so for example in 2010 the 19th century core topic was The American Civil War with schools following the 20th century core topic having to answer questions on The decline and collapse of Soviet control over Eastern Europe. Coursework - The CIE IGCSE still offers what we would label good old-fashioned coursework instead of the new controlled assessment - does this mean it is only English students who cheat at coursework?The paper includes a collection of source material relating to the prescribed topic, and a series of questions based on the material - e.g. ' ‘Which source is more reliable...' and the final question ‘Study all sources. Indeed the syllabus confirms this, stating "Coursework may be produced in class or in candidates' own time.A detailed tutorial focusing on i GCSE Cambridge English Language Coursework, Assignment 3.
The usual date for the submission of Controlled Assessment marks is May each year.4. One question is set on each of the Depth Studies, with students answering one question on the Depth Study they have covered - which can be the same as the one studied for Paper 1.
Questions are based on sources and are structured into several parts.
Paper 2 is 2 hours in length and contributes 33% of the final mark Coursework - two assignments set by the centre, or by using exemplars from CIE.
Can be worked on in class or in students' own time. Candidates must complete two coursework assignments which are then marked by the class teacher.
Shortly after my arrival in the burning Reichstag, the National Socialist elite had arrived.
On a balcony jutting out of the chamber, Hitler and his trusty followers were assembled. His voice was heavy with the emotion of the dramatic moment: "This is the beginning of the Communist Revolt, they will start their attack now!
This syllabus must not be offered in the same session with any of the following syllabuses:2158 History (World Affairs, 1917-1991)2160 History (For Candidates in Central and Southern Africa)2162 History (For Candidates in Mauritius) This is fairly well-defined in CIE's guidelines.
For coursework it is possible to discuss work in progress to check for plagiarism and teachers can even provide general feedback.
It is acceptable for teachers to offer candidates guidance about how best to approach coursework tasks, but this guidance must stop short of undue influence. The repeating of tasks, or the redrafting of work once it has been marked, are not allowed." All Centres need to send their proposed coursework schemes, taken from one or two of the Depth Studies, to CIE for checking but once a coursework scheme has been approved, it is not necessary to resubmit it each year.
Rushed or unsure teachers just starting off can use example assignments available on the website - I particularly like the Southern Africa in the 20 century example.