Switch to OCR GCSE History B

Thinking of switching to us? 

If you're an OCR-approved centre, all you need to do is download the specification and start teaching. Let us know if you're teaching or planning to teach with us by filling in this form.

New to OCR? Get in touch with our Customer Development Team who are on hand to get you started.

Contact the team on ocrcustomerdevelopment@ocr.org.uk. Alternatively, complete our form to let us know you'd like to start teaching.

We look forward to working with you!

Everything you need to make switching to us easy

Supporting you

Our aim is to support you at every stage of your journey with us – from initial enquiry right through to results day. From contact with our Subject Advisors to planning and teaching resources, we’ve a range of support for you. 

We have everything you need to make your move. Start your teaching journey with us today. 

Why choose OCR GCSE History B?

✅ Manageable content – the OCR GCSE History B course was developed in partnership with the Schools History Project. The five different elements of the course are each designed to be taught in a term.

✅ Consistent assessment – assessment is consistent across the British and World History papers, minimising the number of question stems, making the development of exam skills easier for you and your students.

✅ Fixed site study – the choice of the History Around Us site study is down to the school and can be the same every year. It can be an opportunity to study local history, or something further afield.

For teachers considering moving to OCR, History Subject Advisor Richard Kerridge shares what’s special about our GCSE History B specification.

Read Richard's 'Six good reasons to switch' blog

Everything you need to know to get started

Hear from our History Subject Advisors! If you're a new or experienced teacher thinking about making the move to our GCSE History B qualification, this webinar is aimed at you. You'll hear an overview of the specification as well as an introduction to the expert support and guidance you can expect from us at every step of your journey.

Everything you need to know to get started - watch recording


Our specification provides your students with the exciting opportunity to develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British and wider world
history. The course is designed to be relevant to students – in line with SHP principles.

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Support and resources

Support highlights:

  • full planning and teaching resources are available on our secure platform for teachers, but here's a flavour of the support highlights available to help you teach our GCSE.

Free planning and teaching resources, including:

  • schemes of work
  • teacher guides

Assessment resources include:

  • past papers
  • practice papers
  • candidate exemplars
  • examiner reports
  • sample assessment material
  • exam walkthroughs
  • ExamBuilderour free assessment builder platform that allows you to create tailored question papers giving your students the opportunity to practice and build confidence ahead of their exams.
  • Active Results our free online results analysis service that allows you to review your students' exam performance.

Planning and teaching

Professional development

All our qualifications are supported by a comprehensive professional development programme. Whether you're considering switching to OCR, starting to teach or would like to attend a Q&A session with our expert subject team, we've got you covered. Check out our available courses. You can also download the materials and the recordings from past events.

Professional development


We regularly publish blogs to support your teaching, inspire your students and keep you up-to-date on the latest changes. Here are just a few of our latest blogs:

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