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After running two History A Levels for the last six years, OCR has reluctantly decided that it will not submit a new draft specification for History B for accreditation as part of its wider programme of qualification reform.
This means that the current GCE History B specification will be available to teach in September 2014, but not beyond and the last assessment for this specification will be in June 2016.
While this is disappointing news for many, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your dedication and commitment in supporting this distinctive A Level over a number of years. We also hope you will consider the benefits of transferring to a new broader single specification – GCE History A – that, once accredited, will encompass the approach and interests favoured by users of our current History B specification.
To find out more about GCE History A, visit our new qualification page:
AS/A Level GCE - History A - H105, H505 (from 2015)
The final assessment opportunity (first time entries) for these qualifications (H108, H508) was in summer 2016. A resit opportunity will be available in summer 2017.
Learn about resit arrangements for ‘legacy’ GCSEs, AS and A Levels
Our AS/A Level History suite has been redeveloped for teaching from September 2015. Instead of separate History A and History B specifications we will be focussing our resources and support into providing you with our expanded History A specifications. To find out more visit our new qualification page below.
This specification encourages candidates to explore the theory and methodology of history through the study of four aspects of the subject: theories of explanation and the use and limitations of source materials at AS, and of interpretations and of historical significance at A2. This approach forms a strong foundation for the study of history at a higher level.
Find out how the Extended Project Qualification could relate to your subject
A guide to support teachers of existing History B centres to transfer to new History A specification for 2015.