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Modern History Performance band descriptions

The typical performance in this band:

Band 6

  • comprehensively analyses the key features of specific periods of twentieth century history and evaluates the role of key individuals, groups, events and ideas
  • evaluates the relative significance of factors contributing to change and continuity in the modern world
  • displays a sophisticated understanding of historical terms and concepts
  • utilises a variety of relevant historical sources and evaluates their reliability
  • assesses different historical interpretations and perspectives
  • communicates high level argument through well structured and detailed texts

Band 5

  • presents detailed analysis of the key features of specific periods of twentieth century history and evaluates the role of key individuals, groups, events and ideas
  • explains the relative significance of factors affecting change and continuity in the modern world
  • demonstrates a thorough understanding of historical terms and concepts
  • utilises a number of relevant historical sources and evaluates their reliability
  • argues using different historical interpretations and perspectives
  • communicates a coherent and sustained argument through well structured and detailed texts

Band 4

  • explains the key features of specific periods of twentieth century history and makes some judgements on the role of key individuals, groups, events and ideas
  • describes the significance of factors affecting change and continuity in the modern world
  • demonstrates a sound understanding of historical terms and concepts
  • identifies and makes adequate reference to prominent relevant historical sources
  • explains different historical interpretations and perspectives
  • clearly communicates a general argument through well structured texts

Band 3

  • describes the key features of specific periods of twentieth century history and the roles of key individuals, groups, events and ideas
  • draws conclusions based on an understanding of change and continuity in the modern world
  • correctly uses some historical terms and concepts
  • identifies and draws basic conclusions to prominent relevant historical sources
  • describes different historical interpretations and perspectives
  • provides coherent descriptions of people and events with some evidence of simple argument

Band 2

  • describes people, events and ideas from specific periods of twentieth century history
  • demonstrates, through sequencing of historical events, some understanding of continuity and change in the modern world
  • demonstrates comprehension of basic historical terms and concepts
  • recognises and draws simple conclusions from different sources
  • recognises simple historical interpretations and perspectives
  • provides limited coherent descriptions of people and events from the past in simple narrative style

Band 1

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