Pearson Edexcel GCSEs Why choose our specification?
Why choose our specification?
Our GCSE (9–1) History qualification supports great history teaching to help students become confident and successful historians.
We understand the challenges of the new GCSE, that's why we developed a qualification that offers an approach to assessment that gives students the best opportunity to show what they know and can do.
We also incorporated maximum flexibility and unbeatable support into our specification to help you deliver great history teaching and help your students become confident and successful historians.
Shaped by hundreds of practising teachers and the history education community, our market-leading qualification offers:
We’ve had a great response to our qualification, which offers maximum choice and flexibility with a broader and more interesting range of options for students to explore, and the right blend of familiar and new content.
Only our specification offers a manageable approach to the Historic Environment requirement, with high-quality support and sites that will stay the same throughout the lifetime of the course. That way, you can focus on teaching the history rather than planning and finding resources.
Our assessments are designed to encourage all students to show what they know and understand about history to the best of their ability. Our three shorter papers allow students to focus more on certain topics and skills by covering specific areas of study. Our split Paper 2 model further supports this focus and provides even more clarity for students. Our question papers feature accessible language and clear and consistent questions throughout and give students more minutes per mark, while our mark schemes are reliable and informative.
Our unbeatable support package helps you plan, teach, track and assess our qualification with confidence. We have published resources available for every option, and a huge range of free support including events and mapping documents to help you get started straight away, local collaborative network events to share best practice, our new interactive scheme of work and comprehensive assessment guidance – all designed to support you and your students on their journey from 11 to 19.
Mark Battye, your dedicated History Subject Advisor, is on hand to help whenever you need any support and advice for teaching. Sign up to his emails, follow him on Twitter, and catch up with him at events.