Having looked at various other threads today I feel its important to note that AQA have tried to improve the organisation of their Paper 1, but I still feel that there is still far too much content to have to cover on AQA and that the style of questions are a lot harder.
For example: Paper 1 last Friday AQA:
Question1a =Alliance system (3marksO
Question 1b = How accurate is the view that the causes of WW1 were all
Germany's fault? (6 marks)
Question1c = Describe the assassination of the Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand. (6
marks - a bit of an odd question, that is the question word for word.)
Question 1d= what is most important in explaining the causes of WW1 - naval
race or Schlieffen Plan (10 marks)
Question 2a = describe the territorial changes made by the TofV (6 marks)
2b = Source based question - what can it tell us about Hitler's aims in his
foreign policy? (3marks)
2c = How accurate the Neville chamberlain Speech in our time quote at
explaining the decisions made at the Munich agreement? (6 marks)
2d = which events made war more likely
Abyssinia or re -miniaturization of the Rhineland. (10 marks)
Question 3a basically out line difference between communist and capitalist
3b = Describe the decisions made at Yalta and Potsdam (6 marks)
3c = cartoon of Stalin flicking switches of countries to make communist. -
how accurate is this view of Soviet Policy (6 marks)
3d = which is most important as a reason for the development of the Cold War
- Truman Doctrine or the Berlin Blockade? (10 marks)
1a - source explaining what empire soldiers did and question asking what can
you learn from it about the contribution played by empire soldiers.
1b - recruitment poster - why was it published during WW1? (6marks)
1c - Photo of a trench at imperial war museum and question being how useful
it to a historian studying the trenches. (8Marks)
1d = "Civilians working in a factory making uniforms, guns, munitions, tanks
or ships had every right to feel they had contributed to the nations victory
as much as a man with a gun"
How far do you agree with this interpretation of why Britain won WW1? (8
Look at what appeared in the OCR paper on International relations as opposed to AQA:
OCR Paper 1 2006:
Section A - Road to WW2 cartoon Chamberlain pushing the world and why did Hitler want to take over Czechoslovakia other one on glasnost etc and collapse of Communism
Section B T of V land lost, why Germany punished and how satisfied big three with treaty
L of N structure of League, social work, and how successful was the League
Early Cold War Yalta, Marshall plan and spread of Communism 45-49
"Later" events leading up to Cuban crisis, Bay of Pigs, How successful US in dealing with crisis
Section C is either on USA or Germany 1920s / 1930s.
Baring in mind that the Home front in the FWW is due to come up in Paper 2 OCR this year and that you can choose to concentrate on international relations 1919 - 1939 as opposed to international relations on AQA 1900 to 1949 - which paper was the most straightforward?
In addition, I would point out to anyone considering whether or not to change syllabuses to think about the following:
1. Can we trust AQA after the cock ups that they have made in the past?
2. Is there still too much content to cover at both Paper 1 & 2 AQA Modern World History?
3. When did you finish teaching the content? January or May?
4. The OCR Modern World Syllabus would allow you to finish teaching at Christmas - less content to teach - more time to revise ....
5. How predictable are the AQA questions? I think that the Home Front come up in paper 2 this week and next year it will be the Suffragettes and Suffragists. I wonder what AQA will throw at us?
Of course there is a down side which means that you have to drop either the USA or Germany for Paper 1. However, you can select to do your favourite part of of the 1920s or 30s for coursework ..... we are going to do the essay assignment on How did Hitler keep control and miss out Wiemar Germany!
I am of course slightly biased, but I'm still willing to accept that I'm wrong if my exam results do not improve dramatically next year. There was no reason why my students couldn't have had a good crack at the questions that cam up this year. Next year my first cohort of students will have completed the transfer from AQA to OCR so I will ve able to compare the residuals and let you know.
Edited by rhuggins, 11 June 2006 - 04:00 PM.
"Men are disturbed, not by the things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen." - Epictetus