Specification at a glance

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. GCSE History students must take assessments in both of the following papers in the same series:

Paper 1: Understanding the modern world

Paper 2: Shaping the nation

Subject content

Changes

The GCSE History content comprises the following elements:
  • one period study
  • one thematic study
  • one wider world depth study
  • one British depth study including the historic environment.

Paper 1: Understanding the modern world

Section A: Period studies

Options to be declared at point of entry.

Choose one of the following options:

Section B: Wider world depth studies

Options to be decalred at point of entry.

Choose one of the following options:

Paper 2: Shaping the nation

Section A: Thematic studies

Options to be declared at point of entry.

Choose one of the following options:

Section B: British depth studies including the historic environment

Options to be declared at point of entry.

Choose one of the following options:

Assessments

Paper 1: Understanding the modern world

What's assessed

In Section A there is a choice of four period studies, each with a focus on two key developments in a country's history over at least a 50 year period.

In Section B there is a choice of five wider world depth studies. These focus on international conflict and tension.

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 84 marks (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions

  • Section A – six compulsory questions (40 marks)
  • Section B – four compulsory questions (40 marks)
  • Plus 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar

Paper 2: Shaping the nation

What's assessed

In Section A there is a choice of three thematic studies, which look at key developments in Britain over a long period.

In Section B there is a choice of four British depth studies incorporating the study of a specific historic environment.

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 84 marks (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions

  • Section A – four compulsory questions (40 marks)
  • Section B – four compulsory questions (40 marks)
  • Plus 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar