Specification at a Glance

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Assessment  Weighting Availability 
 Unit 1: Studies in Depth  Externally assessed written exam 2 hours There are two sections. Section A assesses Options 1, 2, and 3. Section B assesses Options 4 and 5. At Foundation Tier, the paper includes short answer and structured questions. Candidates must answer four questions. At Higher Tier, the paper includes short answer questions and questions requiring extended writing. Candidates must answer four questions.  50%  Summer 
 Unit 2: Outline Study Externally assessed written exam 1 hour 15 minutes At Foundation Tier, the paper includes structured questions. Candidates must answer two questions. One question requires the use of source material. In the Higher Tier paper candidates must answer two questions. One question requires extended writing and one question requires the use of source material.   25%   Summer Terminal 
 Unit 3: Investigative Study  Controlled assessment Gives students opportunities to conduct further research This will focus on an issue not covered by the external assessment papers and one that is an extension of the specification content. Internally assessed and externally moderated There is one assignment common to both Foundation and Higher Tiers.   25%   Summer Terminal