British Depth Study Paper typical questions

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  • There is normally a list of six questions on the paper; at lowest there are five and sometimes there can be seven.
  • The total mark for each question increases as you progress down the list. (6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 12) so the length of your answer should too.
  • Every question is a source question
  • There is only one key topic for the whole paper but you need to know all topics (there are three for 1939-75) going into the exam or else you have a good chance of failing
    • Eg. If the paper is on Immigration and you have only studied Young People

The total mark for the paper is /50. However the overall percentage is only 30%.

Here are the key questions from the spec.

Focus Points 

What impact did the Second World War have on the British people? 

What immigrants were living in Britain in 1945

Why did different groups migrate to Britain between 1948 and 1972? 

What were the experiences of immigrants in Britain? 

What contribution had immigrants made to British society by the early 1970s?


What was the impact of the National Health Service on people’s lives? 

What was life like for most women in the 1950s? 

How were women discriminated against in the 1960s and early 1970s? 

What factors led to changes in the roles of women? 

How much change had taken place for women by 1975?


What was it like growing up in the 1950s? 

Why were there changes in the lives of teenagers in the 1960s?  

How did teenagers and students behave in the 1960s and early 1970s? 

How far did the lives of all teenagers change in the 1960s and early 1970s? 

The key questions will not come up on the paper as they do not directly relate to sources however they will appear in source related form, here are examples:

  • Which of these two sources is more useful as evidence about the impact of the NHS on people's lives?
  • Study all the sources. "Immigrants contributed greatly to British society by the early 1970s" How far do the sources support this statement?

However, not all questions tell you which key point…




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Sam Blakeman


Very helpful, I always do badly in this section though :( I hope the test is on Immigration...

Aman Sagoo


thanks!!! Very helpful indeed!!!

Dido Finn


EXTREMELY USEFUL! Thank you very muchlings!

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