AQA GCSE 9-1 History Past Papers

A complete collection of AQA GCSE 9-1 History past papers. Perfect for preparation for upcoming exams. Can be used at home for individual learning or within a classroom environment.

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It’s time to start preparing for your exams and it’s never been easier with School History. We’ve got hundreds of past papers that are easy to use, come with mark schemes, and are specifically tailored to each specific examination board, so you can get the most from your revision time and enter your examination feeling confident and fully prepared.

Why use past exam papers?

The answer is simple: preparedness. As a GCSE-level student, exams become an important part of your assessment criteria and preparation for A-levels. The use and importance of past papers, therefore, cannot be over-emphasised. 

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Using past papers are an effective way to establish your strengths and weaknesses so you know where to focus your revision time. Don’t spend hours on a topic you’re familiar with while neglecting an area that needs more time and effort to familiarise yourself with. 

Learn effective time management 

Proper time management can quite literally mean the difference between passing and failing an exam, even if you know everything that’s required to pass. Your revision time and using past papers is an excellent way to start practicing how to properly manage the time in the exam setting. You’ll be given different styles of questions with different mark allocations, so it’s important to know what’s expected of you and how much time to dedicate to each question, whether its a multiple-choice question, short answer or an essay. 

Walk into your exam with confidence 

With proper preparation, it’s possible to walk into and out of your exam feeling confident. Confidence is key to performing well as doubt and anxiety can cloud your judgment and affect your ability to think clearly and make the proper decisions. Past papers are the most effective way to familiarise yourself with important terminology, vocabulary, and styles of questions so that you have a solid understanding of what is expected of you to excel in each and every style of question. 

Get to know your questions

Remember, some questions will be assessing your knowledge and understanding of key features and characteristics of a period studied, others will require you to explain and analyse historic events, others will require you to compare and contrast source material and contextualise it in the historic environment, while thematic studies will require you to demonstrate knowledge clearly over centuries while following a particular theme. All of these questions require you to substantiate your answers using facts. 

All these questions will be awarded marks in levels, i.e. basic, simple, developed and complex, and short answers and essay questions will also have marks awarded for spelling and grammar. By practicing with past papers you’ll have access to mark schemes, which examiners use to evaluate your responses and you’ll quickly learn how to achieve the most marks while striking the right balance with time management.

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AQAAQA History GCSE (9-1) (8145) June 2018Paper 1: Section A/A: America, 1840–1895: Expansion and consolidationQ A
AQAAQA History GCSE (9-1) (8145) June 2018Paper 1: Section A/B: Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorshipQ A
AQAAQA History GCSE (9-1) (8145) June 2018Paper 1: Section A/C: Russia, 1894–1945: Tsardom and communismQ A
AQAAQA History GCSE (9-1) (8145) June 2018Paper 1: Section A/D: America, 1920–1973: Opportunity and inequalityQ A
AQAAQA History GCSE (9-1) (8145) June 2018Paper 1: Section B/A: Conflict and tension: the First World War 1894-1918.Q A
AQAAQA History GCSE (9-1) (8145) June 2018Paper 1: Section B/B: Conflict and tension: the inter-war years, 1918-1939.Q A
AQAAQA History GCSE (9-1) (8145) June 2018Paper 1: Section B/C: Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945-1972.Q A
AQAAQA History GCSE (9-1) (8145) June 2018Paper 1: Section B/D: Conflict and tension in Asia,1950–1975Q A
AQAAQA History GCSE (9-1) (8145) June 2018Paper 1: Section B/E: Conflict and tension in the Gulf and Afghanistan, 1990-2009Q A
AQAAQA History GCSE (9-1) (8145) June 2018Paper 2: Section A/A: Britain: Health and the people:c1000 to the present dayQ A
AQAAQA History GCSE (9-1) (8145) June 2018Paper 2: Section A/B: Britain: Power and the people:c1170 to the present dayQ A
AQAAQA History GCSE (9-1) (8145) June 2018Paper 2: Section A/C: Britain: Migration, empires and the people: c790 to the present dayQ A
AQAAQA History GCSE (9-1) (8145) June 2018Paper 2: Section B/A: Norman England, c1066–c1100Q A
AQAAQA History GCSE (9-1) (8145) June 2018Paper 2: Section B/B: Medieval England: the reign of Edward I,1272–1307Q A
AQAAQA History GCSE (9-1) (8145) June 2018Paper 2: Section B/C: Elizabethan England, c1568–1603Q A
AQAAQA History GCSE (9-1) (8145) June 2018Paper 2: Section B/D: Restoration England, 1660–1685Q A
AQAAQA History A: GCSE Past Papers 2016Unit 1 (91401A) Option A: Medicine through TimeQ A
AQAAQA History A: GCSE Past Papers 2016Unit 1 (91401B) Option B: Media through TimeQ A
AQAAQA History A: GCSE Past Papers 2016Unit 2 (91402A) Option A: The American West 1840- 1895Q A
AQAAQA History A: GCSE Past Papers 2016Unit 2 (91402B) Option B: Britain 1815-1851Q A
AQAAQA History A: GCSE Past Papers 2016Unit 2 (91402C) Option C: Elizabethan England 1558 – 1603Q A
AQAAQA History A: GCSE Past Papers 2016Unit 2 (91402D) Option D: Germany 1919 – 1945Q A
AQAAQA History B: GCSE Papers 2016Unit 1 (91451): International Relations: Conflict and Peace in the Twentieth CenturyQ A
AQAAQA History B: GCSE Papers 2016Unit 2 (91452): Twentieth Century Depth StudiesQ A
AQAAQA History GCSE Specimen Papers 2015Unit 1 (91451): International Relations: Conflict and Peace in the Twentieth CenturyQ A
AQAAQA History GCSE Specimen Papers 2015Unit 2 (91452): Twentieth Century Depth StudiesQ A
AQAAQA History GCSE Specimen Papers 2015Unit 3 (91453): Historical Enquiry: Britain and the Aftermath of War Controlled Assessment
AQAAQA History GCSE Specimen Papers 2015Unit 3 (91453): Historical Enquiry: Britain at War Controlled Assessment
AQAAQA History GCSE Specimen Papers 2015Unit 3 (91453): Historical Enquiry: The Changing Role and Status of Women in Britain from 1900 Controlled Assessment
AQAAQA History A: GCSE Past Papers 2015Unit 1 (91401A) Option A: Medicine through TimeQ A
AQAAQA History A: GCSE Past Papers 2015Unit 1 (91401B) Option B: Media through TimeQ A
AQAAQA History A: GCSE Past Papers 2015Unit 2 (91402A) Option A: The American West 1840- 1895Q A
AQAAQA History A: GCSE Past Papers 2015Unit 2 (91402B) Option B: Britain 1815-1851Q A
AQAAQA History A: GCSE Past Papers 2015Unit 2 (91402C) Option C: Elizabethan England 1558 – 1603Q A
AQAAQA History A: GCSE Past Papers 2015Unit 2 (91402D) Option D: Germany 1919 – 1945Q A
AQAAQA History B: GCSE Papers 2015Unit 1 (91451): International Relations: Conflict and Peace in the Twentieth CenturyQ A
AQAAQA History B: GCSE Papers 2015Unit 2 (91452): Twentieth Century Depth StudiesQ A