History

Subject update | 20 August 2019

GCSE History grade boundaries - Summer 2019

The GCSE History grade boundaries for Summer 2019 are available on the website from results day.

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There are two grade boundaries documents for GCSE: subject level boundaries and notional paper boundaries.

Subject level boundaries

Subject level boundaries are the official grade boundaries for the overall subject. There is one set of boundaries for each possible route through the specification. Because each option is awarded separately, the overall subject boundaries may differ depending on which topics students have been entered for.

Notional paper boundaries

The notional grade boundaries document contains component boundaries at paper level for all GCSE papers to help you to mark and grade mocks in future series. These grades are not displayed on official/formal results documentation. Because the GCSE 9-1 History specifications are linear, students are not given grades for each paper they sit. 

Paper 2 notional boundaries

The Paper 2 notional boundaries will be provided for each combination of  period study and British depth study. The paper codes for each set of notional boundaries will be as follows:

Paper 2 grade boundary reference code Period Study British depth study
2A P1: Spain and New World B1: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England
2B P1: Spain and New World B2: King Richard I and King John
2C P1: Spain and New World B3: Henry VIII and his ministers
2D P1: Spain and New World B4: Early Elizabethan England
2E P2: British America B1: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England
2F P2: British America B2: King Richard I and King John
2G P2: British America B3: Henry VIII and his ministers
2H P2: British America B4: Early Elizabethan England
2J P3: The American West B1: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England
2K P3: The American West B2: King Richard I and King John
2L P3: The American West B3: Henry VIII and his ministers
2M P3: The American West B4: Early Elizabethan England
2N P4: Superpower relations B1: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England
2P P4: Superpower relations B2: King Richard I and King John
2Q P4: Superpower relations B3: Henry VIII and his ministers
2R P4: Superpower relations B4: Early Elizabethan England
2T P5: Conflict in the Middle East B1: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England
2U P5: Conflict in the Middle East B2: King Richard I and King John
2V P5: Conflict in the Middle East B3: Henry VIII and his ministers
2W P5: Conflict in the Middle East B4: Early Elizabethan England

The paper 1 and 3 codes will match the specification (papers 10-12 for paper 1 and 30-33 for paper 3).

How do the GCSE papers add up to make a total subject mark?

  • GCSE History Paper 1 has a total raw mark of 52 and is weighted at precisely 30.952% of the qualification
  • GCSE History Paper 2 has a total raw mark of 64 and is weighted at precisely 38.095% of the qualification
  • GCSE History Paper 3 has a total raw mark of 52 and is weighted at precisely 30.952% of the qualification
  • The total GCSE raw mark is therefore a mark of 168
  • Your students’ marks on GCSE Paper 1, 2 and 3 are simply be added together to give the total subject mark out of 168
  • The overall grade boundaries are presented as marks out of 168 and the notional boundaries are presented as marks out of 52 (Papers 1 and 3) and 64 (Paper 2)

Please note: the paper weightings above are the precise weightings of each paper. These have been simplified in the specification to reflect the content weightings before including marks for SPAG.

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