AO1 - developed knowledge of the periods studied to be able to apply accurate knowledge in context

AO2 - explanation and analysis of causes, consequences, similarities and differences based on developed contextual knowledge

AO3 - source analysis and evaluation linked to developed knowledge analysis, causation and interpretation

AO4 - evaluation of interpretations of History

GCSE History Edexcel

Paper Content 

Paper 1 - British Thematic Study with Historic Environment

52 marks
1 hour 15 minutes

Thematic Study
Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000 to present
Historic Environment
Whitechapel, c1870-1900: crime, policing and the inner city

Paper 2 - Period Study and British Depth Study

64 marks
1 hour 45 minutes

Period Study (20%)
The American West, c1835-c1895
British Depth Study (20%)
Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1588

Paper 3 - Modern Depth Study

52 marks
1 hour 20 minutes

Modern Depth Study (30%)
Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939


Assessment will be in three units examined and assessed at the end of year 11 in three separate exams papers.

Is History really useful once you have left school?

The short answer is yes. You will learn to develop a huge range of skills that will be useful not only in other G.C.S.E. subjects but also in many jobs and in adult life. You will learn to:

  • find out the causes of historical events
  • develop your ability to handle a range of information and use that information to reach your own judgements
  • examine other peoples' ideas and interpretations and use your own evidence to judge these interpretations
  • develop the ability to judge how reliable or useful a piece of information is
  • develop IT skills through research and the presentation of your work
  • pull together all your knowledge, skills and understanding to produce accurate and detailed written work

You could use any of the skills that you have learnt at G.C.S.E. History to show any college or employer that you can work independently. You will also show that you are able to use many different types of information.

Possible Careers

  • Advertising
  • Armed Services
  • Banks and Building Societies
  • Finance/Legal
  • Journalism
  • Libraries and Museums
  • Local Government
  • Police
  • Selling and Marketing
  • Social Work
  • Teaching

For further careers guidance please visit http://www.history.org.uk/student/resource/2914/careers-in-history

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