GCSE History

  • Teaching from: September 2016
  • Exams from: June 2018
  • Specification code: 8145
  • QAN code: 601/8217/9

Our new GCSE History specification combines the most popular topics from our existing specifications, so you can still teach well-established periods of history as well as some exciting new topics. It builds on the skills and topics at Key Stage 3, and will help develop essential skills for further study.

With no prohibited combinations, our new specification gives you the flexibility and freedom to create your own route through the course.

You will be supported with resources at every stage and by our dedicated History team.


Specification at a glance

Specimen papers and mark schemes

Teaching resources



Prepare for your teaching year. Information, support and services to help you deliver the specification.

All planning resources



Teaching resources that you can use to plan your lessons and support your students’ learning.

All teaching resources



Prepare your students for assessment. Specimen and past papers, mark schemes, example answers.

All assessment resources

Key dates

  • 4 June 2018 Exam for GCSE History Paper 1 (new) (all options A to D) (8145/1A to 1D)
    Series: June 2018
    Start time: am
    Duration: 1h 45m
  • 4 June 2018 Exam for GCSE History Paper 1D (new) (8145/1D)
    Series: June 2018
    Start time: am
    Duration: 1h 45m
  • 8 June 2018 Exam for GCSE History Paper 2 (new) (all options A to C) (8145/2A to 2C)
    Series: June 2018
    Start time: pm
    Duration: 1h 45m

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We understand that given the changes to GCSEs, teachers will need both continuity and innovation. A crucial part of our approach is providing all the support and resources they need to teach this new qualification.

Michael Charman,
Qualifications Manager

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Now available to support you until 7pm.
(During half term weeks we will close at 5.30pm)
Tel: 0161 958 3861
Email: history@aqa.org.uk