OCR A Level History Past Papers

A complete collection of OCR A Level History past papers. Perfect for preparation for upcoming exams. Can be used at home for individual learning or within a classroom environment.

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 A 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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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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OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y101 – Alfred and the Making of England 871 – 1016Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y102 – Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest 1035 – 1107Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y103 – England 1199 – 1272Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y104 – England 1377 – 1455Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y105 – England 1455 – 1509: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VIIQ A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y106 – England 1485 – 1558: the Early TudorsQ A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y107 – England 1547 – 1603: the Later TudorsQ A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y108 – The Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War 1603 – 1660Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y109 – The Making of Georgian Britain 1678 – c. 1760Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y110 – From Pitt to Peel: Britain 1783 – 1853Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y111 – Liberals, Conservatives and the Rise of Labour 1846 – 1918Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y112 – Britain 1900 – 1951Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y113 – Britain c. 1930 – 1997Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y201 – The Rise of Islam – c. 550 – 750Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y202 – Charlemagne 768 – 814Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y203 – The Crusades and the Crusader States 1095 – 1192Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y204 – Genghis Khan and the Explosion of the Steppes c. 1167 – 1405Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y205 – Exploration, Encounters and Empire 1445 – 1570Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y206 – Spain 1469 – 1556Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y207 – The German Reformation and the rule of Charles V 1500 – 1559Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y208 – Philip II 1556 – 1598Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y209 – African Kingdoms c.1400 – c. 1800: four case studiesQ A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y210 – Russia 1645 – 1741Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y211 – The Rise and Decline of the Mughal Empire in India 1526 – 1739Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y212 – The American Revolution 1740 – 1796Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y213 – The French Revolution and the rule of Napoleon 1774 – 1815Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y214 – France 1814 – 1870Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y215 – Italy and Unification 1789 – 1896Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y216 – The USA in the 19th Century: Westward expansion and Civil War 1803 – c. 1890Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y217 – Japan 1853 – 1937Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y218 – International Relations 1890 – 1941Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y219 – Russia 1894 – 1941Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y220 – Italy 1896 – 1943Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y221 – Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919 – 1963Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y222 – The Cold War in Asia 1945 – 1993Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y223 – The Cold War in Europe 1941 – 1995Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y224 – Apartheid and Reconciliation: South African Politics 1948 – 1999Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y302 – The Viking Age – c. 790 – 1066Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y303 – English Government and the Church 1066-1216Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y304 – The Church and Medieval Heresy 1100- 1437Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y305 – The Renaissance – c. 1400 – c.1600Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y306 – The Rebellion and Disorder under the Tudors 1485- 1603Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y307 – Tudor Foreign Policy 1485- 1603Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y308 – The Catholic Reformation 1492- 1610Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y309 – The Ascendancy of the Ottoman Empire 1453- 1606Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y310 – The Development of the Nation State: France 1498- 1610Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y311 – The origins and growth of the British Empire 1558- 1783Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y312 – Popular Culture and the Witchcraze of the 16th and 17th CenturiesQ A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y313 – The Ascendancy of France 1610- 1715Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y314 – The Challenge of German Nationalism 1789- 1919Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y315 – The Changing Nature of Warfare 1792- 1945Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y316 – Britain and Ireland 1791- 1921Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y317 – China and Its Rulers 1839- 1989Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y318 – Russia and Its Rulers 1855- 1964Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y319 – Civil Rights in the USA 1865- 1992Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y320 – From Colonialism to Independence: The British Empire 1857- 1963Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2018Y321 – The Middle East 1908- 2011: Ottomans to Arab SpringQ A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y101 – Alfred and the Making of England 871 – 1016Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y102 – Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest 1035 – 1107Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y103 – England 1199 – 1272Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y104 – England 1377 – 1455Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y105 – England 1455 – 1509: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VIIQ A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y106 – England 1485 – 1558: the Early TudorsQ A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y107 – England 1547 – 1603: the Later TudorsQ A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y108 – The Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War 1603 – 1660Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y109 – The Making of Georgian Britain 1678 – c. 1760Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y110 – From Pitt to Peel: Britain 1783 – 1853Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y111 – Liberals, Conservatives and the Rise of Labour 1846 – 1918Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y112 – Britain 1900 – 1951Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y113 – Britain c. 1930 – 1997Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y201 – The Rise of Islam – c. 550 – 750Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y202 – Charlemagne 768 – 814Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y203 – The Crusades and the Crusader States 1095 – 1192Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y204 – Genghis Khan and the Explosion of the Steppes c. 1167 – 1405Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y205 – Exploration, Encounters and Empire 1445 – 1570Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y206 – Spain 1469 – 1556Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y207 – The German Reformation and the rule of Charles V 1500 – 1559Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y208 – Philip II 1556 – 1598Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y209 – African Kingdoms c.1400 – c. 1800: four case studiesQ A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y210 – Russia 1645 – 1741Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y211 – The Rise and Decline of the Mughal Empire in India 1526 – 1739Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y212 – The American Revolution 1740 – 1796Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y213 – The French Revolution and the rule of Napoleon 1774 – 1815Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y214 – France 1814 – 1870Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y215 – Italy and Unification 1789 – 1896Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y216 – The USA in the 19th Century: Westward expansion and Civil War 1803 – c. 1890Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y217 – Japan 1853 – 1937Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y218 – International Relations 1890 – 1941Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y219 – Russia 1894 – 1941Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y220 – Italy 1896 – 1943Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y221 – Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919 – 1963Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y222 – The Cold War in Asia 1945 – 1993Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y223 – The Cold War in Europe 1941 – 1995Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y224 – Apartheid and Reconciliation: South African Politics 1948 – 1999Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y302 – The Viking Age – c. 790 – 1066Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y303 – English Government and the Church 1066-1216Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y304 – The Church and Medieval Heresy 1100- 1437A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y305 – The Renaissance – c. 1400 – c.1600Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y306 – The Rebellion and Disorder under the Tudors 1485- 1603Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y307 – Tudor Foreign Policy 1485- 1603Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y308 – The Catholic Reformation 1492- 1610Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y309 – The Ascendancy of the Ottoman Empire 1453- 1606Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y310 – The Development of the Nation State: France 1498- 1610Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y311 – The origins and growth of the British Empire 1558- 1783Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y312 – Popular Culture and the Witchcraze of the 16th and 17th CenturiesQ A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y313 – The Ascendancy of France 1610- 1715Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y314 – The Challeneg of German Nationalism 1789- 1919Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y315 – The Changing Nature of Warfare 1792- 1945Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y316 – Britain and Ireland 1791- 1921Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y317 – China and Its Rulers 1839- 1989Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y318 – Russia and Its Rulers 1855- 1964Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y319 – Civil Rights in the USA 1865- 1992Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y320 – From Colonialism to Independence: The British Empire 1857- 1963Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2017Y321 – The Middle East 1908- 2011: Ottomans to Arab SpringQ A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y131 – Alfred and the Making of England 871 – 1016Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y132 – Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest 1035 – 1107Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y133 – England 1199 – 1272Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y134 – England 1377 – 1455Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y135 – England 1455 – 1509: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VIIQ A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y136 – England 1485 – 1558: the Early TudorsQ A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y137 – England 1547 – 1603: the Later TudorsQ A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y138 – The Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War 1603 – 1660Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y139 – The Making of Georgian Britain 1678 – c. 1760Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y140 – From Pitt to Peel: Britain 1783 – 1853Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y141 – Liberals, Conservatives and the Rise of Labour 1846 – 1918Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y142 – Britain 1900 – 1951Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y143 – Britain c. 1930 – 1997Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y231 – The Rise of Islam – c. 550 – 750Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y232 – Charlemagne 768 – 814Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y233 – The Crusades and the Crusader States 1095 – 1192Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y234 – Genghis Khan and the Explosion of the Steppes c. 1167 – 1405Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y235 – Exploration, Encounters and Empire 1445 – 1570Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y236 – Spain 1469 – 1556Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y237 – The German Reformation and the rule of Charles V 1500 – 1559Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y238 – Philip II 1556 – 1598Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y239 – African Kingdoms c.1400 – c. 1800: four case studiesQ A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y240 – Russia 1645 – 1741Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y241 – The Rise and Decline of the Mughal Empire in India 1526 – 1739Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y242 – The American Revolution 1740 – 1796Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y243 – The French Revolution and the rule of Napoleon 1774 – 1815Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y244 – France 1814 – 1870Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y245 – Italy and Unification 1789 – 1896Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y246 – The USA in the 19th Century: Westward expansion and Civil War 1803 – c. 1890Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y247 – Japan 1853 – 1937Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y248 – International Relations 1890 – 1941Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y249 – Russia 1894 – 1941Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y250 – Italy 1896 – 1943Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y251 – Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919 – 1963Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y252 – The Cold War in Asia 1945 – 1993Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y253 – The Cold War in Europe 1941 – 1995Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H105, H505) June 2016Y254 – Apartheid and Reconciliation: South African Politics 1948 – 1999Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H106, H506) June 2015Unit F961: British History Period Studies – Option A: Medieval and Early Modern 1035-1642 Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H106, H506) June 2015Unit F961: British History Period Studies – Option B: Modern 1783-1994Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H106, H506) June 2015Unit F962: European & World History Period Studies – Option A: Medieval and Early Modern 1095-1609 Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H106, H506) June 2015Unit F962: European & World History Period Studies – Option B: Modern 1795-2003 Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H106, H506) June 2015Unit F963: British History Enquiries – Option A: Medieval and Early Modern 1066-1660Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H106, H506) June 2015Unit F963: British History Enquiries – Option B: Modern 1815-1945 Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H106, H506) June 2015Unit F964: European & World History Enquiries – Option A: Medieval and Early Modern 1073-1555 Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H106, H506) June 2015Unit F964: European & World History Enquiries – Option B: Modern 1774-1975 Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H106, H506) June 2015Unit F966: Historical Themes – Option A: Medieval and Early Modern 1066-1715  Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H106, H506) June 2015Unit F966: Historical Themes – Option B: Modern 1789-1997 Q A
OCROCR A-Level History B (H108, H508) June 2015Unit F981: Historical Explanation – British HistoryQ A
OCROCR A-Level History B (H108, H508) June 2015Unit F982: Historical Explanation – Non-British HistoryQ A
OCROCR A-Level History B (H108, H508) June 2015Unit F983: Using Historical Evidence – British HistoryQ A
OCROCR A-Level History B (H108, H508) June 2015Unit F984: Using Historical Evidence – Non-British HistoryQ A
OCROCR A-Level History B (H108, H508) June 2015Unit F985: Historical Controversies – British HistoryQ A
OCROCR A-Level History B (H108, H508) June 2015Unit F986: Historical Controversies – Non-British HistoryQ A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H106, H506) June 2014Unit F961: British History Period Studies – Option A: Medieval and Early Modern 1035-1642Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H106, H506) June 2014Unit F961: British History Period Studies – Option B: Modern 1783-1994Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H106, H506) June 2014Unit F962: European & World History Period Studies – Option A: Medieval and Early Modern 1095-1609Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H106, H506) June 2014Unit F962: European & World History Period Studies – Option B: Modern 1795-2003Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H106, H506) June 2014Unit F963: British History Enquiries – Option A: Medieval and Early Modern 1066-1660Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H106, H506) June 2014Unit F963: British History Enquiries – Option B: Modern 1815-1945Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H106, H506) June 2014Unit F964: European & World History Enquiries – Option A: Medieval and Early Modern 1073-1555Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H106, H506) June 2014Unit F964: European & World History Enquiries – Option B: Modern 1774-1975Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H106, H506) June 2014Unit F966: Historical Themes – Option A: Medieval and Early Modern 1066-1715Q A
OCROCR A-Level History A (H106, H506) June 2014Unit F966: Historical Themes – Option B: Modern 1789-1997Q A
OCROCR A-Level History B (H108, H508) June 2014Unit F981: Historical Explanation – British HistoryQ A
OCROCR A-Level History B (H108, H508) June 2014Unit F982: Historical Explanation – Non-British HistoryQ A
OCROCR A-Level History B (H108, H508) June 2014Unit F983: Using Historical Evidence – British HistoryQ A
OCROCR A-Level History B (H108, H508) June 2014Unit F984: Using Historical Evidence – Non-British HistoryQ A
OCROCR A-Level History B (H108, H508) June 2014Unit F985: Historical Controversies – British HistoryQ A
OCROCR A-Level History B (H108, H508) June 2014Unit F986: Historical Controversies – Non-British HistoryQ A