Edexcel GCSE History


This section provides Edexcel GCSE History revision resources for the new 9-1 History GCSE.

The revision notes cover the GCSE History topics from the Pearson/Edexcel exam board although will suit others exam boards too.

This specification is being taught from September 2016 with the first exams in 2018.

The paper codes are: Paper 1: 1HI0/10–12 Paper 2: 1HI0/2A–2W Paper 3: 1HI0/30–33

You can find the Edexcel GCSE History Specification here.

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

Learning about the past can help us understand not only how we have arrived in the present, but also the direction we head going into the future.

When studying the Edexcel exam board, you will be sitting 3 papers and there are 16 topics in total (all outlined below).

You are not required to know all 16 and will be given a selection to choose from within each exam paper.

Below shows you all the GCSE history topics in the exam papers.

(We’re currently working on covering all topics so bookmark this page!)

Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present

  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

Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city

Medicine in Britain, c1250–present

  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

The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches

Warfare and British society, c1250–present

  1. c1250–c1500: Medieval warfare and English society
  2. c1500–c1700: Warfare and English society in the early modern period
  3. c1700–c1900: Warfare and British society in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
  4. c1900–present: Warfare and British society in the modern era

London and the Second World War, 1939–45

Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88

  • Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest, 1060–66
  • William I in power: securing the kingdom, 1066–87
  • Norman England, 1066–88

The reigns of King Richard I and King John, 1189–1216

  1. Life and government in England, 1189–1216
  2. Involvements overseas, 1189–1204
  3. King John’s downfall, 1205–16

Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509–40

  1. Henry VIII and Wolsey, 1509–29
  2. Henry VIII and Cromwell, 1529–40
  3. The Reformation and its impact, 1529–40

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

Spain and the ‘New World’, c1490–c1555

  1. Spain reaches the ‘New World’, c1490–1512
  2. The conquistadors, 1513–c1528
  3. The Spanish Empire c1528–c1555

British America, 1713–83: empire and revolution

  1. British settlement in North America, 1713–41
  2. A disrupted society, 1742–64
  3. The loss of an empire, 1765–83

The American West, c1835–c1895

  1. The early settlement of the West, c1835–c1862
  2. Development of the plains, c1862–c1876
  3. Conflicts and conquest, c1876–c1895

Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91

  1. The origins of the Cold War, 1941–58
  2. Cold War crises, 1958–70
  3. The end of the Cold War, 1970–91

Conflict in the Middle East, 1945–95

  1. The birth of the state of Israel, 1945–63
  2. The escalating conflict, 1964–73
  3. Attempts at a solution, 1974–95

Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917–41

  1. The revolutions of 1917
  2. The Bolsheviks in power, 1917–24
  3. Stalin’s rise to power and dictatorship, 1924–41
  4. Economic and social changes, 1924–41

Mao’s China, 1945–76

  1. Establishing communist rule, 1945–59
  2. Economic policy, 1949–65
  3. The Cultural Revolution and its aftermath, 1966–76
  4. Life in Mao’s China, 1949–76

The USA, 1954–75: conflict at home and abroad

  1. The development of the civil rights movement, 1954–60
  2. Protest, progress and radicalism, 1960–75
  3. US involvement in the Vietnam War, 1954–75
  4. Reactions to, and the end of, US involvement in Vietnam, 1964–75