BGCSE History

Course begins: January 2nd.

The Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education is an
examination that was established in 1992 having been developed in
consultation with the University of Cambridge Local Examination
Syndicate (UCLES).

This examination is designed to assess the achievement of at least 80-85% of the Bahamian Students on completion of five or six years of secondary level education. It will provide a broadening of opportunity for students to show what they know, understand and can do.  This course prepares students to sit the BGCSE examination.

This preparation course is designed for candidates taking History as a
single subject. You will review three years of content. The course is delivered online and includes a print workbook. The course is also assisted by an Instructor.

The objectives of this BGCSE History Course is to prepare candidates to be tested successfully on their proficiency in the following skills:

  1. Recall, select and deploy relevant knowledge and communicate in a clear and coherent form
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of historical terminology and concepts (cause and consequences, change and continuity, similarity and difference).
  3. Reveal empathy with individuals and societies int their historical setting.
  4. Interpret and evaluate a wide range of historical sources and their use as evidence: to comprehend, to locate, to distinguish between fact and opinion, to indicate deficiencies, such as gaps and inconsistencies, to detect bias and to compare and contrast a range of sources and to reach conclusions based upon their use as evidence.

Exam Scheme

This exam consists of three papers.

Paper I - 2 hours - 40% grade weighting.  Consists of seven source-based questions.  Each question is structured into several parts.  Candidates must answer questions on any four.

Paper II - 2 hours - 30% grade weighting.  Consists of four options.  Candidates must answer two questions or any one of the options.  In each option, there will be four-five parts that must be answered in the chosen option. Candidates are required to study only the option chosen by the school, not all four options.

Paper III - Coursework (2 years).  30% grade weighting.  Candidates will be required to submit a portfolio of four pieces of work, related to the subject content.  Work must be assigned by the teacher from any part of the syllabus during 11th and 12th grade.

No specific question will be set in the written papers of the examination on events taking place within THREE years prior to the date of the examination.

Table of Contents

Study 101
The Exam
Your Cover Page
Study Your Sources
Coursework 2021: Objective 1
Coursework 2021: Objective 2
Coursework 2021: Objective 3
Coursework 2021: Objective 4
Paper I - The Relevance of History
The Relevance of History
The Amerindians
European Settlement
Practice Lesson 1
Practice Lesson 2
Practice Lesson 3
Economic & Social Development

Frequently Asked Questions

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