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