History Specification: Edexcel

Curriculum Maps and Assessment calendar


The high-achieving History Department at Sheringham takes an ambitious and rigorous approach to your learning at A-level. We provide a mix of seminar sessions and individual tutoring, led by History specialists, to help you achieve your full potential.

You will be supplied with a variety of resources to assist your learning and we expect you to make use of the Library which is stocked with an excellent range of History books. It is vital that you read widely on the subject in order to achieve a high examination grade.

Studying History equips you with important skills: to argue a case, weigh up evidence and reach a judgement. Analysis and evaluation are built into every History lesson, and we develop your essay-writing skills through our focus on creating arguments, structuring balanced paragraphs and writing clear conclusions. Coursework in the second year is also an excellent opportunity for further developing your independent research skills.


  • Paper 1 and 2: Communist States in the 20th century: Russia (30% of the final mark) and China (20% of the final mark)
  • Paper 3: Rebellion and Disorder under the Tudors (30% of the final mark)
  • Coursework: The nature of Hitler’s dictatorship (20% of the final mark)

Careers/Further Education

The skills gained through studying A-level History form a good foundation for many Higher Education courses and careers such as Law, Politics and Journalism. At degree level you can combine History with many other subjects including Politics, English or Economics.

For more information contact:

Mrs Penny Tosney