What is significance in GCSE history?
Significance is becoming an increasingly important skill in GCSE history and IGCSE history. All the exam boards are now looking for an understanding of significance to get a high grade, so it needs to appear in essays.
The AQA British paper has questions on significance and importance. This new skill has really extended the idea of consequence into a clear field: now consequences must have a great impact.
For GCSE history and IGCSE history students this means that they must be able to explain an event clearly. As well as being able to connect it to events that may be much later in time and explain their connection. For students aiming for grade 7-9 the more complicated the consequence the better. They should consider wider long-term gaps in time and wider topics (eg socio-economic connected to political).
Significance in KS3 and GCSE history
This is beginning to impact KS3, as well as GCSE history, and students are often asked to consider significance over time. I have been asking my students to consider it via a significance star. This is based around the LISTS criteria. This may be helpful for any GCSE students when considering their answers.
Simon has studied History to Masters Degree Level and gained a 1st in his Dissertation. He has studied the Tudors, Modern America, Russia and many more subjects in great depth. Simon is Head of History in a prestigious UK independent school and is an expert tutor for The Tutor Team. You can contact Simon here.
You can find out more about Simon, and The Tutor Team, on our Facebook page.
Need a professional history tutor to help your child reach their full potential?
You can contact a tutor direct here
Or contact our friendly and knowledgeable office team to get a bespoke tutor match