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The Cambridge Pre-U History course requires learners to study different areas and substantial periods of history.
The course encourages historical debate and discussion. It raises questions which elicit learners’ supported views, judgements and comparisons.
The course encourages learners to use independent study skills, to read widely, write fluently, and to develop the capacity to formulate and justify ideas about the past. It includes document-based studies to develop learners' skills in interpreting and evaluating evidence.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
We have updated the syllabus and all assessment materials in response to recent Ofqual guidance and feedback received from teachers and examiners.
The updated syllabus is for examination in June 2022. Please see the 2022 syllabus above for full details.
The last examination series for Cambridge Pre-U History (9769) will be June 2023. There is a resit opportunity in June 2024, there is no option for candidates to resit after this date. We communicated this decision to schools in November 2019.
Cambridge International and OCR (Oxford, Cambridge & RSA) exam boards are both part of the Cambridge Assessment group. Between us, we are able to offer alternative post-16 qualifications in history. This mapping document shows how the areas of study, assessment objectives, and assessment methods map to equivalent alternative qualifications.
Check the Submit for Assessment page and the samples database for information and guidance on submitting moderated and examined work using Submit for Assessment.
We provide a wide range of support so that teachers can give their learners the best possible preparation for Cambridge programmes and qualifications. For teachers at registered Cambridge schools, support materials for specific syllabuses are available from the School Support Hub (username and password required).
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