GCSE History Specifications for first teaching September 2013 - Accredited

Following the request from the regulator to all awarding organisations to strengthen their GCSE History specifications, we have worked with Ofqual to develop both our GCSE History A - Schools History Project and History B - Modern World specifications, which have now been accredited for first teaching in September 2013 (first certification in 2015).

The accredited specifications and specimen assessment materials are now available to download below.

The newly accredited specifications include some changes. For controlled assessment the use of compulsory coursework consultancy will now be required for both specifications. You can find further details on this and the new forms for submitting information to the consultancy service within each specification.

Supporting you

Our aim is to help you at every stage and we want to reassure you that we’ll continue to support you as you move into delivery of the specification. To keep up to date on when our new support resources become available sign up for our History email updates.

Withdrawal of Short Course

The GCSE History B Modern World Short course J117 is being withdrawn from 31 August 2014. This means that the last assessment will be in June 2014. There will be no resit opportunity in 2015.

Candidates starting the course in September 2013 will need to complete it in one year and take both units in June 2014. Candidates who started in September 2012 (or earlier) will also need to complete the course and take both units in June 2014.

Alternative qualifications available are:

  • Entry Level history for students working at Level 1
  • Applied History Level 1/Level 2 for students who prefer a different approach to history


In Focus

  1. GCSE and A Level reform

    Sample resources for GCSE and A Level reform

    We’ve created sample resources for the new specifications to show you the materials we’re developing.

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  2. OCR CPD Hub

    OCR Professional Development programme

    View the latest training events and digital materials available to support the delivery of our qualifications.

    Find out more