GCSE to A level pathways

Our 2015 AS and A level specifications build on GCSE, rather than repeating content, to ensure your students get to study as broad a range of history as possible across the key stages and encourage enjoyment and continuation of the subject.

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We've kept topics such as the Cold War and Vietnam War in our new GCSE (9–1) specification, where we knew they'd continue to be popular. Topics such as Germany and the Tudors are now offered in breadth only at A level, so if students do study Nazi Germany or Henry VIII in depth at GCSE, they can gain a broader picture at A level. This means we can give much more choice and flexibility at GCSE and feel confident that students won't be directly repeating topics if they take our new Edexcel GCSE (9–1) and an Edexcel A level.

Find out more about our new Edexcel GCSE (9–1)

See some example pathways and learn more about how assessment progresses from GCSE to A level.

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Which pathways will you choose?

We're keen to hear from centres about which GCSE and A level pathways you're following. Email us to let us know at teachinghistory@pearson.com.

To talk to us about your content options for GCSE or A level, you can call us on 0844 576 0034, or email teachinghistory@pearson.com.