An IGCSE History course
is a fascinating study in its own right. But history
study is valuable training in a number of ways, and can
be useful for many careers. The study of history helps
you to develop the skill to look behind the headlines,
to ask questions properly and to formulate and express
your own opinions. History study helps you make sense of
other subjects and help you understand the world we live
in today and the origins of modern political and social
problems: in short, the sort of skills most employers
are looking for.
The History IGCSE will foster an understanding of
selected periods and aspects of history, exploring the
significance of historical events, people, changes and
issues. You will learn to use historical sources
critically and in context, recording significant
information, reaching conclusions and making historical
judgments. And you will learn to organise and
communicate your knowledge and understanding of history.
Topics covered in IGCSE History include American history, European history and Middle Eastern history. Periods studied can vary from the Napoleonic wars up to recent conflict and change in the Middle East, and 20th century changes in Russia. Aspects can range from warfare to social changes.
The History IGCSE course is designed to prepare students
for the Edexcel IGCSE in History (4HI0) Specification
for examinations in June 2014 and later years.
You will study the following themes:
Development of Dictatorship: Germany, 1918-45
- The establishment of the Weimar Republic and its early
- The recovery of Germany, 1924-29
- The rise of Hitler and the Nazis
- Life in Nazi Germany
- Germany during the second world war
Dictatorship and Conflict in Russia, 1924-53
- The leadership struggle, 1924-28
- Five Year Plans and collectivisation
- Purges and Show Trials
- Cult of personality and the revision of history
- The impact of the Second World War
A World Divided: International Relations Between the Wars, 1919-39
- The Versailles Settlement
- International co-operation in the 1920s
- The breakdown of co-operation in the early 1930s
- Appeasement, 1935-39
- Reasons for the outbreak of the Second World War
Russia in Revolution, 1914-24
- The impact of the First World War
- The February Revolution
- The Bolshevik seizure of power
- Civil War
- War Communism
- New Economic Policy (NEP)
The USA, 1917-29
- The impact of the First World War on the USA
- Prohibition and gangster culture
- Mass production and the stock market boom
- The Roaring Twenties
- The position of black Americans
Conflict, Crisis and Change: The Middle East, c1919-c1995
- Build up of tension in Palestine
- The creation of Israel, the war of 1948-8 and the Suez
Crisis of 1956
- The Arab-Israeli conflicts of 1967 and 1973
- Superpower involvement in the Middle East
- The attempts to find a lasting peace, 1979-95
The Changing Nature of Warfare, 1803-1905
- Warfare at the beginning of the nineteenth century
- Changes in methods of land and sea warfare during the
- Changing methods of land warfare, 1815-1905
- Changing methods of sea warfare, 1815-1905
- Warfare at the beginning of the twentieth century
- You can either pay for your course in full or opt for
a monthly payment plan.
- Standard Course Fee: £500/month for a combination of 5
courses that includes History.
- You can speak to one of our course advisors now for
payment plans. Contact Us
- Please note that you are responsible for making your
own exam arrangements. You will have to pay an
examination fee as well as a centre fee which will vary
depending on exam centre.
- Find out more information about arranging your
- No other hidden charges are involved.
You don't need any previous experience or qualifications
to enrol in our IGCSE History course. Every possible
effort has been made to make this type of education as
accessible as possible.
This will be in the form of on campus tests under the
supervision of the tutor. They will be conducted as you
progress through the course and will be designed to test
knowledge of the material taught. Number of tests is
The first available assessment opportunity for this qualification is in the June 2014 series and then June each year for the lifetime of the specification.
- There are two Edexcel examinations for this course
- This qualification is linear which means that both
exams must be sat at the same assessment point
Details of the 2 papers:
- Paper 1 (code 4HI0/01) Students answer two questions,
one on each of the depth studies they have studied. 50
marks available in total. The Examination time is 1 hour
and 30 minutes.
- Students should note that for Paper 1, that they
cannot answer questions on both 'Development of
Dictatorship: Germany, 1918-45' and A World Divided:
International Relations between The Wars, 1919-39' (we
cover three themes and students have to answer questions
on two of them but cannot do these two together).
- Paper 2 (code 4HI0/02) Students answer two questions,
one question on their historical investigation and one
question on their breadth study in change. 50 marks
available in total. Examination time is 1 hour and 30
No coursework is required as part of the assessment for
this course. It is 100% exam based.
Exams are held every June.
Period for study/support is 12 months. This is the maximum available time and it may be reduced, depending on time period between your registration and exam period. During this time, you will have full access to data and information relevant to your course. However, you will have to be on campus to access on line data.
Attendance to lectures will be strictly monitored.
A History IGCSE is a valuable addition to your
qualifications, as it demonstrates to potential
employers you are capable of analytical thought and able
to express and argue for your conclusions.
The IGCSE History supports progression to Edexcel GCE Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Level History.