Just how big a change is the new GCSE History?

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Answer: it’s a big change.

You may want to look at the outline for the new GCSE History from the DfE here before reading this post. Some of it is quite complicated and allows exam boards quite a lot of scope to structure the course in different ways.

Over the last few years GCSE History courses have got narrower and narrower. I have worked in two schools (one of which offered two GCSE courses) and these are what we did.


All of these were with one board (OCR) but I think the range of options on other boards are very similar. Of the Modern World and SHP specifications, I always preferred the Modern World, not because I am particularly tied to the period or places studied, but rather because it offered the opportunity to create a coherent package where the different components of the course linked well together. I…

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