Exam Board Subject Leader
Edexcel Mrs K Ladly

We study the Edexcel GCSE course at Key Stage 4. It covers a range of historical periods from the Early Modern period to the Cold War with a range of breadth and depth studies. We aim to build on students’ enthusiasm for the subject and there is a high take up rate at this level. Many go on to continue their study of the subject at A level. 

Students are assessed on their ability to write analytical, evaluative and historical narrative essays in three exams. They are also required to analyse and evaluate the value of contemporary sources and historians’ interpretations. Students will be required to memorise and apply a large amount of knowledge in pieces of extended writing. 


Paper 1: Thematic Study and Historical Environment

Paper 1 studies Crime and Punishment in Britain, c.1000 – present and Whitechapel, c.1870 – c.1900: crime, policing and the inner city. The examination lasts for 1 hour and 15 minutes. 


Paper 2: Period study and British depth study

Paper 2 studies superpower relations and the Cold Way, from 1941 to 1991, and early Elizabethan England from 1558 to 1588. The examination lasts for 1 hour and 45 minutes. 


Paper 3: Modern Depth Study

Paper 3 studies Weimar and Nazi Germany, from 1918 to 1939. The examination lasts for 1 hour and 20 minutes.