Y310 The Development of the Nation State: France 1498-1610

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In answer to tgoodwin's

In answer to tgoodwin's query, the best textbook for this unit is the existing OCR teaxtbook 'The Development of the Nation State: France 1498-1610'. 

I would also like to ask

I would also like to ask about OCR training courses for options 3 and 4.  At present the one that I could attend in December is already booked out.  When is OCR likely to offer fresh courses and how much warning will we get?

 

Thanks,

Hi, Please join the waiting

Hi,

Please join the waiting list for the CPD event you want and we are already considering more events in January. In the meantime if you have any specific queries please contact us at history@ocr.org.uk 

Hi, in answer to finding

Hi, in answer to finding sources and material for the depth studies there are a couple of places which you might find useful - you might have already come across them in your own searching. One is the existing textbook above; another is 'Europe 1450-1661' by Murphy/Tillbrook/Walsh-Atkins, which has sections covering all three depth studies, and also a very comprehensive bibliography. Regards, Asher, OCR

Thanks, yes.  The Murphy and

Thanks, yes.  The Murphy and Tilbrook book has some useful stuff in it.  Anything else would be helpful too.  Thanks.  Tim.

A more specific question, the

A more specific question, the way I read the specification, French foreign policy in this period is not really relevant - as with almost every other section of the course I am teaching it seems.  Is this right?

Hi - the four thematic

Hi - the four thematic sections are:

The Monarchy and Central government

Laws, provincial government and society

Religion and the Church

The impact of wars on French stability and unification

And the depth studies:

Francis I and the Renaissance Monarchy

The Massacre of St Bartholomew 1572 (including Coligny's aims concerning the Netherland revolt, which I think was another question you were asking?)

Henry IV

The specification also states: 'foreign policy should be studied only to a level appropriate for an understanding of its impact on the theme of the domestic nation state'. All of this information has been available since before September 2015. Regards, Asher, OCR

Yes I know.  What I was

Yes I know.  What I was asking is what exactly does 'foreign policy should be studied only to a level appropriate for an understanding of its impact on the theme of the domestic nation state' MEAN?  I assume that it means there will be no question on foreign policy in the examinations under any circumstances, but that if pupils want to/need to bring in foreign policy to develop points then they will be given credit for it.  Is that right?  Thanks, Tim

Questions will only be set on

Questions will only be set on the specification content, but students can draw on foreign policy knowledge where relevant, yes. Regards, Asher, OCR

I wondered if I could just

I wondered if I could just confirm that the sources for this module will ALWAYS be historians, and that those for the Late Tudors will ALWAYS be contemporary sources?

Hi, unit 3 depth studies will

Hi, unit 3 depth studies will always be interpretations that are later constructs by historians. Unit 1 source material will always be primary and/or contemporary to the period. Regards, Asher, OCR

Hi, I am now marking mocks on

Hi,

I am now marking mocks on this module, and I am a little unclear just how significant the views of historians, and different historical interpretations, should be in the essays (and the passages question).  I have come from AQA, where it was necessary to make clear references to different historical interpretations in the synoptic paper, but I really am not sure to what extent this is necessary for OCR.  Clearly in the passages question one needs to refer to the views in the passages themselves, but is there any requirement to mention other views?  And what is the situation with regard to the essays - is it enough just to make it clear that there are two views on the question, or should pupils - especially in the top bands - go further and refer to alternative historical interpretations, preferably by name.

 

Thanks,

 

Tim

Hi Tim, The Guide to

Hi Tim,

The Guide to Assessment of units 1, 2 and 3 here: http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/373399-guide-to-assessment-for-a-level-history-units-1-2-and-3-.pdf (unit 3 starts from page 23 onwards) explains approaches to the themes and interpretations, common problems students might face, and likely features of higher band answers. Regards. Asher, OCR

Hi, I was very disappointed

Hi,

I was very disappointed to see that the examiners' report did not include any reference to this topic at all.  Almost my entire group got very similar marks last year, somewhat to my surprise, and I would like to know what is necessary to improve those marks.  Thanks,  T

Hi, There is a full range of

Hi, There is a full range of candidate exemplars for Y310 from last summer's series, including answers awarded full marks for some questions, available on Interchange, under the 'resources and materials' tab, then 'past papers and mark schemes'. Regards, Asher, OCR

Thanks, yes.  But I still

Thanks, yes.  But I still think it is a bit unfair - and unnecessary - that there is NO reference at all to this topic (and several others) in the examination report.  It is encouraging everyone to do the same few topics as they are getting more support, which is surely not what the board wants.

Hi Tim, thanks for your

Hi Tim, thanks for your reply. I will certainly pass your feedback on and let you know if there are any updates. Regards, Asher, OCR