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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.
We have made some changes to the wording and layout of the front covers of our question papers to reflect the new Cambridge International branding and to make instructions clearer for candidates.
You will see these changes on live question papers from June 2020 and therefore we have made these changes on the specimen materials for this syllabus.
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.
From June 2021 you will need to prepare and submit work to us using eSubmission for component 06. This includes removing the need to submit an attendance register or declaration of originality as these will now be handled within the eSubmission system. For more information refer to the Administrative guide for subjects using eSubmission.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
For some subjects, the syllabus states that Grade Descriptions will be made available after first assessment in 2020 or 2021.
Publication of grade descriptions for these syllabuses has been delayed. This is to make sure that grade descriptions reflect examination outcomes appropriately and are based on the full range of candidate performance after the 2020 and 2021 series.
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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.