September 2022 History subject update | Pearson qualifications

September 2022 History subject update

20 September 2022

Welcome to the new academic year. This update contains all the latest news about Edexcel History qualifications and resources.

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Summer 2023: content and assessment arrangements

Earlier this year the Department for Education announced the return to full subject content and assessment coverage for GCSE subjects such as History in Summer 2023. This update concerns the content and assessment arrangements for GCSE, International GCSE History and A level History in Summer 2023.

Summer 2023 Entry codes for GCSE, International GCSE and A level History

The Summer 2023 entry codes are now available in the Information Manual. The relevant sections can be found below.

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The entry codes for GCSE History have gone back to the pre-covid format since we no longer have optionality in Summer 2023 and all 4 topics need to be taught and assessed. They have also been updated to include the new Migration thematic study.

We will be updating the entry code calculator on the website this term to help you to determine the codes. I will update you when the new codes are available on the tool. For now, you need to use the information manual to determine the codes.

2023 Provisional Exam timetables

The provisional exam timetables for Summer 2023 will shortly be released on our website.

GCSE and A level History Training Events

This term we are running Summer 2022 feedback events for GCSE and A level History. We are also running New to Edexcel events for teachers who are new to our specifications.

  • Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History: New to Edexcel - 26 September 2022 at 16:00-18:00 GMT
  • Pearson Edexcel GCSE History online event: 2022 summer series feedback - 04 October 2022 at 16:00-17:30 GMT
  • Pearson Edexcel A level History online event: 2022 summer series feedback - 06 October 2022 at 16:00-17:30 GMT

Look out for our Autumn and Spring term network events which will include a focus on GCSE Paper 2 period studies, an update on teaching GCSE Migrants in Britain, supporting lower-attaining and higher-attaining students in GCSE History.

Parallel Histories: Conflict in the Middle East, c1945-1995 for GCSE History

We have partnered with Parallel Histories to create exciting new resources for young people to learn about the history of the Middle East, covering the Pearson Edexcel Conflict in the Middle East, c1945–95 GCSE (9-1) History topic. Using Parallel Histories’ innovative dual narrative approach, the new resources support teachers in confidently delivering this fascinating topic in an impartial way.

The new resource will be available to purchase shortly via and there is a 50% discount on subscriptions purchased before Easter 2023.

You don't have to purchase any resources, including those from Pearson, to deliver our qualifications.

Access to Scripts deadline: 16 December

Don’t forget you can our free Access to Scripts service to view your students’ marked exam scripts online or download as a PDF. It is available from results day until the 16 December 2022. You can find more information about how to use this service, as well as guidance on our other post-results service in my Getting Ready for Results Day update.

Online Tuition with Pearson Tutoring

Since early 2020, as part of the National Tutoring Programme, Pearson Tutoring has successfully provided tuition for English, Maths and Science across Key Stages 2,3 and 4 for over 13,000 students.

We are now looking to expand our offer to include GCSE History and A-Level History.

To express an interest in accessing tutoring, please complete the short form below for the relevant qualification by 14 November 2022.

KS3 History topic of the month

September’s History Topic of the month is on Raphael Lemkin, the person who created the term genocide and was the driving force behind the UN Genocide Convention.

Look out for our October History topic of the month which will be on Mary Seacole.

I hope you found this update useful. Please contact me if you require any further information.


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