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Time for a change?

History matters. That’s why our GCSE (9–1) history qualification encompasses a wide range of themes, historical events and eras, so students can understand the past and its impact on the world around us. Our specification offers choice and flexibility across options so you can teach the topics that work best for you and your students. And when it comes to our assessments, they’re built to encourage every student to best show what they know and can do. It’s shaped by you, for your students.

Why switch to Pearson Edexcel GCSE History?

  • A flexible specification with topics that teachers want to teach, and students want to study.
  • A manageable approach to the new Historic Environment requirement.
  • Clear and consistent exam papers and mark schemes.
  • Unbeatable and expert support every step of the way.

Changes to Edexcel GCSE History for first assessment Summer 2025

Following the summer 2023 series, we have undertaken a comprehensive review of our assessment model, interviewed teachers, and identified ways to improve the student experience. In order to implement these improvements as soon as possible, we have not made significant amendments to the structure of question papers. We are confident that these small changes will make a big difference. The following changes to assessment have been approved by Ofqual and are being introduced for first assessment Summer 2025.

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