This course is designed for all teachers of Pearson Edexcel GCSE History Papers 2 and 3. It will offer new approaches to the teaching of the papers, which will enable students to understand the key concepts of cause and consequence. It will offer approaches for tackling Paper 2, which so many students find difficult. Outlines for answers to questions at various levels will be provided and analysed. Innovative materials and ideas for use in class will be included in the pack, along with revision techniques and approaches for ensuring student knowledge, understanding and progress. Specimen answers will be reviewed to explain what examiners are looking for.


  • Gain practical teaching tips and lesson ideas for students of all abilities.
  • Develop approaches to tackling the consequence, narrative, significance and interpretation questions.
  • Take away classroom materials and approaches that can be used immediately
  • Gain understanding of successful revision strategies that help students to understand the three units covered.
COURSE DATE Online | Wednesday 17 March 2021
Online | Wednesday 07 July 2021
  • Teachers of History
  • Heads of History
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


10.00 – 11.00am
The Big Picture

  • Structure of Papers 2 and 3
  • Levels 1-4 in the mark scheme: making sense of them for students
  • Levels and Grades: how do they match up?
  • Preparation at Key Stage 3
  • Extended writing and source evaluation

11:00-11:20 Break

11.20 – 12:30am
Paper 2 – Paper 2; British Study and World Study         

  • What do the questions require of students?
  • Templates for Grades 5, 8 and 9
  • Reaching Grade 9
  • Review of some specimen answers
  • Strategies and techniques to help students develop
  • Materials for use in class
  • Revision: coping with the content

12.30 – 1.30

Paper 3 –  The Content

  • Teaching the unit: coping with the content
  • Strategies and techniques to help students develop
  • Revision exercises

12.25 – 1.25pm
Lunch and informal discussion

Source questions

  • Teaching ideas to help students see why interpretations differ
  • What is required for good answers and why students struggle with this area
  • The how far question – how to plan, unpicking the mark scheme
  • How to evaluate an interpretation: methods for success
  • Developing high level interpretation skills – explore exemplar material – what is a high level response?

2.45-3.00 pm
Afternoon tea and informal discussion

3.00-3.30 pm
Achieving the 8/9              

  • What’s the problem?
  • Levels 1-4 in the markscheme
  • Templates for Grades 5, 8 and 9
  • Reaching Grade 9
  • Techniques to use in class
  • Review of some specimen answers
  • Interpretations exercises
  • Techniques to impress the examiner


Malcolm Chandler 

Malcolm taught history in comprehensive schools for many years. He was Chief Examiner and Principal Moderator for GCSE History for twenty years. He has run many courses for teachers since 2001 and believes strongly that students should be more involved in their studies. He has worked with students in more than 200 schools helping them to prepare for GCSE and A Level.