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.

Course Overview

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.

Course Content

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 problems
  • 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
  • Immigration
  • 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 Napoleonic Wars
  • Changing methods of land warfare, 1815-1905
  • Changing methods of sea warfare, 1815-1905
  • Warfare at the beginning of the twentieth century

Payment Option

  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • No other hidden charges are involved.

Entry Requirements

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.


Internal Assessment

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 supervisors discretion.


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 minutes.

No coursework is required as part of the assessment for this course. It is 100% exam based.

Assessment Date

Exams are held every June.

Study/Support Period

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.

Future Prospects

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.