Assessment Report

Level 1 Social Studies 2020

Standards 91039  91041

 

Part A: Commentary

Overall, the standard of candidate responses was high. This demonstrated that many candidates were well prepared for the assessment of both standards. Candidates who did not prepare and relied on the resources to give them a topic for the second standard, did not fare so well.

Candidates used a range of contemporary issues about the world of work in their responses to cultural change. These candidates successfully utilised the resources provided from an unfamiliar context (the cultural change arising from youth participation in society) to demonstrate understanding of the consequences of this change and the relevant points of view.

 

Part B: Report on standards

91039:  Describe how cultures change

Candidates who were awarded Achievement commonly:

  • described the individuals/groups/society or societies involved
  • described points of view about the change
  • used relevant social studies concepts
  • provided relevant evidence to support their response.

Candidates whose work was assessed as Not Achieved commonly:

  • provided narrative accounts of a change or provided accounts of multiple changes
  • identified consequences as processes
  • provided irrelevant or no evidence to support their description
  • did not describe points of view about the change
  • did not describe the individuals/groups/society or societies involved in the change.

Candidates who were awarded Achievement with Merit commonly:

  • described, in depth, the processes that led to the cultural change
  • provided balanced and relevant evidence to support their description
  • described, in depth, contrasting points of view about the change.

Candidates who were awarded Achievement with Excellence commonly:

  • described comprehensively why the processes that led to the change were important for the individuals/groups/society or societies involved
  • used clear explanations/reasons/links between the processes, their importance, and the cultural change
  • provided comprehensive relevant evidence to support the description.

Standard specific comments

Candidates are advised that an outcome of a process such as a specific law change, would only address part of a cultural change, and should not be the main focus of their answer. Discussion of the cultural change should include the changing attitudes/actions/behaviours that are evident and the reasons for this.


 

 

91041:  Describe consequences of cultural change(s)

Candidates who were awarded Achievement commonly:

  • responded to both parts of the task
  • identified the cultural change in the resource booklet and used relevant evidence to describe the cultural change, including a description of the attitudes/behaviours of society towards young people before the change
  • described at least one consequence of the cultural change, using examples and other evidence from the resource booklet to support their response
  • provided a link between the consequence and the cultural change
  • provided at least one relevant point of view on the consequence.

Candidates whose work was assessed as Not Achieved commonly:

  • did not correctly identify or describe the cultural change outlined in the resource booklet
  • provided no points of view on the consequences of the cultural change
  • did not include sufficient detail or specific evidence from the resources in their response
  • copied the resources directly into the relevant sections of the answer booklet rather than processing the resources to demonstrate their understanding
  • discussed the social action taken by Greta Thunberg and the issue of climate change rather than describing a cultural change
  • answered only part (a).

Candidates who were awarded Achievement with Merit commonly:

  • described explicitly how two points of view on a consequence of the cultural change were contrasting (as opposed to just including two differing points of view in their response)
  • processed the resources and used them to support their understanding/description of the consequences of cultural change.

Candidates who were awarded Achievement with Excellence commonly:

  • identified and described accurately the cultural change and its consequences using relevant detail from the resources consistently throughout their response
  • wrote detailed points of view and described how these were contrasting
  • described, in detail, the shift(s) in attitude/practice that had occurred as a result of the consequence of cultural change and why it was important for the society involved, including supporting evidence from the resources.

Standard specific comments

Successful candidates answered the questions incorporating details from the resource booklet to demonstrate their understanding, even though the topic was unfamiliar. However, some candidates struggled to recognise and/or communicate their understanding of the cultural change, which made it challenging for them to link the consequences and gain more than Achievement.

Some candidates chose to discuss only one consequence (with related points of view and shift of attitude / practice) throughout their response. Those who did this could successfully gain higher grades if their responses included sufficient detail and supporting examples, with clear links between the question and their answer. Discussing two consequences enabled candidates who had some weaker aspects within their response to gain higher grades than they otherwise would have.

 

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Previous years' reports
2019 (PDF, 293KB) 2018 (PDF, 107KB) 2017 (PDF, 44KB) 2016 (PDF, 213KB)

 
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