CIE Exam Booklets Paper 1

Mock exam papers with detailed mark schemes designed for CIE.

Download CIE GCSE Exam Booklets Paper 1

As a premium School History member, you can download all of the CIE GCSE Exam Booklets Paper 1 modules below:

  • Were the revolutions of 1848 important?
  • How was Italy unified?
  • How was Germany unified?
  • Why was there a civil war in the United States and what were the results?
  • Why, and with what effects, did European expand their overseas empires in the 19th century?
  • What caused the First World War?
  • and more....
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Paper 1 Downloads and Specifications

Mock exam papers with detailed mark schemes designed for CIE.

(NOTE: For the year of 2021, GCSE exams in the UK will not go ahead and will be replaced by a form of teacher-assessed grades. For more information on how these will work, please visit CIE’s website.)

Exam Paper Details

Students following CIE are required to sit a two-hour paper worth 60 marks for Paper 1. Students are required to answer two questions from Section A and one question from Section B.

Section A contains eight questions: four questions will be set from the nineteenth century Core Content in Option A, and four questions will be set from the twentieth century Core Content in Option B. Candidates answer any two questions.

Section B contains two questions on each of the seven Depth Studies. Candidates answer one question. All questions are in the form of structured essays, split into three parts: (a), (b) and (c).

This is a compulsory component.

Topics for Paper 1 Core Content Section A are:

  • 1 Were the revolutions of 1848 important?
  • 2 How was Italy unified?
  • 3 How was Germany unified?
  • 4 Why was there a civil war in the United States and what were the results?
  • 5 Why, and with what effects, did European expand their overseas empires in the 19th century?
  • 6 What caused the First World War?

Topics for Paper 1 Core Content Section B are:

  • 1 Were the peace treaties of 1919–23 fair?
  • 2 To what extent was the League of Nations a success?
  • 3 Why had international peace collapsed by 1939?
  • 4 Who was to blame for the Cold War?
  • 5 How effectively did the United States contain the spread of Communism?
  • 6 How secure was the USSR’s control over Eastern Europe, 1948–c.1989?
  • 7 Why did events in the Gulf matter, c.1970–2000?

Topics for Paper 1 Depth Studies are:

  • A The First World War, 1914–18
  • B Germany, 1918–45
  • C Russia, 1905–41
  • D The United States, 1919–41
  • E China, c.1930–c.1990
  • F South Africa, c.1940–c.1994
  • G Israelis and Palestinians since 1945

CIE GCSE Exam Booklets Paper 1 (2021)

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CIE GCSE Exam Booklets Paper 1 (2020)

Practice exam booklets covering every CIE topic, produced by a highly experienced AQA and OCR marker. These are fully sourced and aligned to the CIE mark scheme.

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