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Edexcel GCSE History

Pearson, Unit Code: 1HIO

How To Revise For Edexcel GCSE History

To begin revising for GCSE History, the first thing you will need is the specification for your exam board.

This section provides revision resources for the Edexcel (Pearson) exam board.

The specification unit code is 1HIO.

As for the subject itself, GCSE History is quite possibly one of the most interesting subjects you can learn as part of your optional GCSEs.

There are a number of topics covering key aspects of world history that you can choose to study.

When are the GCSE History exams?

  • The exam itself consists of three papers.
  • Paper 1 has the unit code 1HI0/10-12 and is scheduled for 1st June 2020 (AM) 
  • Paper 2 has the unit code 1HI0/2A-2W and is scheduled for 4th June 2020 (PM)
  • Paper 3 has the unit code 1HI0/30-33 and is scheduled for 9th June 2020 (AM)

What topics will I be learning?

You will be required to learn at least 4 topics in-depth across the 3 exam papers.

In total, however, there are approximately 16 topics you can choose from that cover key historical periods.

For Paper 1, you will be given the choice of learning about one of the following topics:

  • Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present and Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.
  • Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.
  • Warfare and British society, c1250–present and London and the Second World War, 1939–45.

For Paper 2, you will be required to learn two topics.

Firstly, one British depth study from the following selection:

  • Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88
  • The reigns of King Richard I and King John, 1189–1216
  • Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509–40
  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88.

And a period study from the following topics:

  • Spain and the ‘New World’, c1490–c1555
  • British America, 1713–83: empire and revolution
  • The American West, c1835–c1895
  • Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91
  • Conflict in the Middle East, 1945–95.

For Paper 3, you will need to study one modern depth study from the following:

  • Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917–41
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39
  • Mao’s China, 1945–76
  • The USA, 1954–75: conflict at home and abroad.

You can find resources below for your chosen topics – more content is being added over time.

Topic 1: Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88
  1. Queen, government and religion, 1558–69
  2. Challenges to Elizabeth at home and abroad, 1569–88
  3. Elizabethan society in the Age of Exploration, 1558–88
Topic 3: Medicine in Britain, c1250–present (coming soon)
  1. c1250–c1500: Medicine in medieval England
  2. c1500–c1700: The Medical Renaissance in England
  3. c1700–c1900: Medicine in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain
  4. c1900–present: Medicine in modern Britain
Topic 4: Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present (Coming Soon)
  1. c1000–c1500: Crime and punishment in medieval England
  2. c1500–c1700: Crime and punishment in early modern England
  3. c1700–c1900: Crime and punishment in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Britain
  4. c1900–present: Crime and punishment in modern Britain
Topic 5: Warfare and British society, c1250–present (Coming soon)
  • c1250–c1500: Medieval warfare and English society
  • c1500–c1700: Warfare and English society in the early modern period
  • c1700–c1900: Warfare and British society in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
  • c1900–present: Warfare and British society in the modern era
Past Exam Papers & Mark Schemes
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  • AQA GCSE Psychology Paper 2 Exam Paper 2019
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  • AQA GCSE Psychology Paper 2 Mark Scheme 2019
  • AQA GCSE Psychology Paper 1 Exam Paper 2018
  • AQA GCSE Psychology Paper 2 Exam Paper 2018
  • AQA GCSE Psychology Paper 1 Mark Scheme 2018
  • AQA GCSE Psychology Paper 2 Mark Scheme 2018
Workbooks / Resources / Quizzes
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