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Edexcel GCSE History from 2016

Course Structure:

Paper 1: 1 hour 15 minutes 30% of total mark

  • 56 marks on paper (16 for historic environment, 36 for thematic study)
  • Topic: Medicine in Britain 1250-present with  The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.
  • Assessment: 

– Section A: Historic Environment

Knowledge question, two-part question based on two sources

Section B: Thematic study

Two compulsory questions on knowledge and understanding

Third question is from a choice of two


Paper 2: 1 hour 45 minutes 40% of total mark

  • 64 marks on paper (32 for period study and 32 for British depth study)
  • Topics: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88
  • Assessment:

– Section A: Cold War

Two compulsory questions on knowledge and understanding

Third question is from a choice of two out of three parts

– Section B: Early Elizabethan England

A single three part question on knowledge and understanding, first two parts are compulsory, third part there is a choice of one from two


Paper 3: 1 hour and 20 minutes 30% of total mark

  • 52 marks on paper
  • Topic: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39.
  • Assessment

Section A: Germany

A source based question and a knowledge and understanding question.

Section B:

A four part question based on two sources and two interpretations.