Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

GCSE History

For first teaching from September 2017
A guide to changes in GCSE Grading

Our GCSE History specification encourages students to consider the relevance of the past to gain a deeper understanding of the world we live in. Students have opportunities to learn about topics such as Hitler’s dictatorship, the Cuban Missile Crisis, civil unrest in Northern Ireland and the USA’s response to 9/11.

This revised specification balances factual content with developing students’ conceptual understanding and historical skills. Students analyse and evaluate historical sources to appreciate that there is not just one version of the past, but often competing interpretations.

Students develop key transferable skills that will be useful during further study and in the workplace. These skills include researching and organising information, analysing and weighing up evidence, and writing a coherent argument.

The exams are now single tier and contain a mixture of question styles, from short responses to essays.

Specification and Specimen Assessment Materials

Our GCSE in History is unitised, so it’s possible to take part of the assessment at the end of the first year of study.

The specification has two units:

  • Unit 1
    • Section A: Modern World Studies in Depth
      • Option 1: Life in Nazi Germany, 1933–45 OR
      • Option 2: Life in the United States of America, 1920–33
    • Section B: Local Study
      • Option 1: Changing Relations: Northern Ireland and its Neighbours, 1920–49 OR
      • Option 2: Changing Relations: Northern Ireland and its Neighbours, 1965–98
  • Unit 2: Outline Study
    • International Relations, 1945–2003.

Specification
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Specification (Irish-Medium)
(PDF), Last Updated: 09 October 2017
Specification (Irish-Medium)

Related Circulars

Unit 1: Summer (2018) (S/IF/29/18)
(PDF), Last Updated: 24 May 2018

S/IF/69/17 - Controlled assessment for candidates being entered for 2018
(PDF), Last Updated: 21 December 2017

Specimen Assessment Materials

Specimen Assessment Materials
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Specimen Assessment Materials (Irish-Medium)
(PDF), Last Updated: 13 October 2017

Past Papers

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Examinations

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Support


Factfile Unit 2 New Tensions Emerge 1991-2003
(PDF), Last Updated: 31 July 2017

Factfile Unit 2 Using Sources in History
(PDF), Last Updated: 19 December 2018

GCSE and GCE A/AS Examinations Summer 2018 E-Moderation Product-Type Subjects Instructions to Teachers
(PDF), Last Updated: 21 May 2018

GCSE History Launch Event February 2017
(PPT), Last Updated: 06 September 2017

GCSE History Steps to Success Guidance for Students
(PDF), Last Updated: 19 July 2017

GCSE Planning Framework History Unit 1 Section A Option 1
(DOCX), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

GCSE Planning Framework History Unit 1 Section A Option 2
(DOCX), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

GCSE Planning Framework History Unit 1 Section B Option 1
(DOCX), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

GCSE Planning Framework History Unit 1 Section B Option 2
(DOCX), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

GCSE Planning Framework History Unit 2 - International Relations
(DOCX), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Resource Pack Unit 1 Section A Option 1
(PDF), Last Updated: 10 August 2017

Resource Pack Unit 1 Section A Option 2
(PDF), Last Updated: 10 August 2017

Resource Pack Unit 1 Section B Option 2 Downing Street Declaration
(PDF), Last Updated: 11 August 2017

Resource Pack Unit 2: International Relations 1945-2003
(PDF), Last Updated: 11 September 2017

Resource Pack Unit1 Section B Option 1 Partitioning of Ireland
(PDF), Last Updated: 11 August 2017

Resource Pack Unit1 Section B Option 2 Good Friday Agreement
(PDF), Last Updated: 11 August 2017

Snapshot
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Student Guide
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017


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