New Migration thematic study

As part of our commitment to building a more inclusive History curriculum, we have added a new Migration topic (Migrants in Britain, c800-present and Notting Hill, c1948-c1970) to our current Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History specification.

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The new topic is available for teaching and was first assessed in June 2022.  

Migration sits alongside Crime, Medicine and Warfare as a fourth thematic study and accompanying historic environment (Paper 1).

If you are switching to Migrants in Britain, our recording of the getting ready to teach event that was run in summer 2021 is of use. In it you’ll learn about the structure of the content and how it fits into our Paper 1 assessment model, and think about ways to plan for and deliver the option:

Pearson Edexcel GCSE History: Migrants in Britain getting ready to teach event

In October 2021, we held a launch event at the Migration Museum. The panellists discussed why migration is an important area of study, the benefits to teachers and students of switching to Migrants in Britain, and how teachers can prepare to teach the topic.

Explore our launch event materials.

The resources below will help you plan and deliver the new Migrants in Britain thematic study:


We know that getting up and running with teaching a new topic involves time and preparation. We are fully committed to supporting you to teach this important topic. You will be supported with textbooks, teacher resources and revision resources published by Pearson, Hodder Education* and Oxford University Press.*

We’d like to thank the many teachers and subject experts who worked with us on developing this new Migration topic, providing important feedback and ideas about content. It is a valuable addition to our specification and an important step in our plans to make our History qualifications more diverse and inclusive.

The content of our qualifications constantly evolves, and we always encourage feedback and take action on it where possible. We are aware of the importance of offering History curricula that appeal to and represent all the students they serve, and of the value to all students of curricula that reflect more fully the ways that Britain has been shaped by its interactions with the wider world.

We're working therefore with key stakeholders to think about how future specifications can be designed to be more inclusive. We welcome input from teachers and students who'd be interested in contributing to our research. If this is something you'd be interested in doing, please contact our History Subject Advisor, Mark Battye.

Contact our History Subject Advisor, Mark Battye.

For other useful content highlighting diversity and inclusion in history, please visit our 'Diversity and inclusion in History' page to download free resources including History Topic of the Month, case studies, blogs and more.

Download free resources from our 'Diversity and inclusion in History' page

*You do not have to purchase any resources, including those from Pearson, to deliver our qualifications.