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Has anyone done OCR A-level History? If so, would you recommend it?
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It depends on what modules you chose. Like my teachers chose “Spanish history” and there were hardly any resources on it. Imo, don’t do it. It’s boring, not worth the stress
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Yes, I did it. I think its the hardest of the examboards.

For your non-UK history paper, it's a one hour long paper consisting of a 10 mark and 20 mark essay question. It's hard. The world history module has a *lot* of content, all for a one hour paper!

OCR appears to be the only exam board to require analysis and evaluation of FOUR sources, compared to three in e.g. AQA for the British History paper. It's incredibly stressful because you're expected to write to the same standard, but more! If I recall correctly, this paper has a 30 mark sources question (nightmare!), and a 20 mark essay question. Only 1hr30 to answer as well.

Then you have your thematic paper, which is like over two hours long. This is also quite difficult lol.

However, redeeming quality is that for your coursework, you have a lot of freedom. There is no penalization for writing a lot, i.e. no word limit.

History A-Level in general is hard. OCR has rigid grade boundaries that don't change much, they're pretty much the same every year. Like, 72% ish for an A and 82% ish for an A*. The numbers are odd because for the papers, it's generally 70% for an A, 80% for an A*, but the coursework its 90% for an A*, 80% for an A, and so forth.
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