GCSE History (8145) changes to specification for 2020 exams

Tuesday 1 Oct 2019

We’re making some changes to the command word and stems to a number of GCSE History questions to make the demands of these questions clearer for all students. The changes will affect the following papers from the 2020 exams and onwards.

  • Paper 1 Section A Question 1 (period study units for components 1A/B, 1A/B, 1A/C, 1A/D)
  • Paper 1 Section A Question 3 (period study units for components 1A/B, 1A/B, 1A/C, 1A/D)
  • Paper 2 Section A Question 3 (thematic units for components 2A/A, 2A/B, 2A/C)
  • Paper 2 Section B  Question 1 AO4 (British depth study units for components 2B/A, 2B/B, 2B/C, 2B/D)

The changes do not reflect a change in approach or actual demand to the questions. The requirements of the mark schemes and weighting of the assessment objectives are not affected.

Please note the assessment materials for the June 2018 and 2019 exams will not be updated.