Edexcel AS and A level History (2015)

Here, you'll find everything you need to prepare for the changes to Edexcel AS and A level History from 2015 (first assessment 2016 and 2017). View our accredited specification and sample assessment materials, read FAQs and background information, and find out about our launch events and the other support that’s available.

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Specification

Specification

A level History 2015 specification
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Qualification type:
A level
Level:
Level 3
Accreditation status:
Accredited
Subject:
History
Specification codes:
9HI0
Availability:
UK and international
First teaching:
2015
First assessment:
2017

AS level History 2015 specification
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Qualification type:
AS
Level:
Level 3
Accreditation status:
Accredited
Subject:
History
Specification codes:
8HI0
Availability:
UK and international
First teaching:
2015
First assessment:
2016

Edexcel AS and A level History from 2015: The changes explained

Our Edexcel AS and A level qualifications in History are changing from September 2015 for first assessment of AS in June 2016 and A level in June 2017. 

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  • Both AS and A level students will be required to study the history of more than one country or state.
  • A level students will be required to study topics from a chronological range of at least 200 years.
  • A level students will be required to study at least 20% British history.
  • The A level will have a 20% coursework component to assess independently researched historical enquiry.
  • The AS will be 100% examination.

To help guide you through these changes, we've provided a short interactive document explaining the key reforms to A level History.

The new AS and A level in History at a glance

Here’s a summary of what the new AS and A level in History will look like from 2015:

  • The topics in Papers 1 and 2 are linked thematically in order to balance coherence and choice, and ensure that there is context for the Paper 2 depth studies.
  • Papers 1 and 2 share the same content for both AS and A level. The exams have the same structure, but the A level papers will be more demanding.
  • Papers 1 and 2 meet the requirement to study two different countries. Paper 3 meets the requirement to study change over at least 100 years.
  • Our wide range of topics include old favourites, as well as some brand-new topics, to give you plenty of choice.
  • We’ve listened to what you’ve told us about how you’d like to meet the new requirements for British history and the 200-year rule and made this as flexible as possible.
  • The coursework topic is up to you, as the content requirements are met through the exams.

For Papers 1 and 2, there are 8 thematic routes to choose from. You may want to think about the following suggestions as starting points for you and your students.

A medieval course

  • You could combine Route A: Conquest, control and resistance in the medieval world with the Paper 3 topic Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII, 1399-1509.

An early modern course

  • Route B: Religion and the state in early modern Europe can be taken with the Paper 3 topic The witch craze in Britain, Europe and North America, c1590-1736.

A modern course

  • A modern course has to start in the late eighteenth century and end in the late twentieth century to meet the 200-year rule.
  • Routes D, E, F, G and H all allow you to do this.

A course spanning more than one period

  • You can meet the 200-year rule by combining topics from more than 1 period. All routes allow you to do this. For example:
    • The medieval topics in Route A could be combined with an early modern or modern Paper 3 topic.
    • Route C combines early modern and modern topics in Papers 1 and 2 – you could take this with a Paper 3 topic from any period.
    • Routes E, F and G could be taken with an early modern or medieval British paper 3 topic.

This interactive document provides an overview to walk you through our new AS and A level History qualification.

Discover:

  • our paper structure
  • choice of routes 
  • the options.
Link to A level History qualification at a glance

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