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IGCSE History Course

This IGCSE History Course will allow you to acquire knowledge and understanding of selected periods and/or aspects of history, exploring the significance of historical events, people, changes and issues.

You will use historical sources critically, in context, recording significant information and reaching conclusions.  You will find this course extremely valuable if you are looking to progress onto A Level History, seeking a progression route for further training whilst employed or would just like to study this subject as a hobby.

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Enrolment Fee:

£295.00

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Description

This IGCSE History Course is ideal for anyone wishing to gain a knowledge and understanding of the subject. You will also find this course extremely valuable if you are looking for a progression route for further training whilst employed.

This course will help students develop an understanding of past events. In order to understand the present, we need to look at past events and observe how they influence the current state of the world. It would be impossible to understand the current social, economic and political climate without gaining a knowledge of events during the 20th century.

Support

The course will be delivered online including Tutor Support for two years. All assignments are marked by one of our professional Tutors who will offer regular feedback and guide you through your course. Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor and you must have access to email in order to contact your Tutor.

You will be provided with the telephone number for your dedicated Student Support Team who will be available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that you will receive unlimited support for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.

Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. You will also have access to a range of online resources.

Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations at an approved centre when an examination forms part of the course. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.

Differences between Cambridge and Edexcel Exam boards.

Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSEs are international qualifications. Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSEs can be taken worldwide including the United Kingdom. Both exam boards offer a similar specification however different courses can have a different structure. Both the Cambridge and Edexcel courses are full International GCSE qualifications.

Fees

Course fees for payment in full include:

  • Assessment and feedback on all assignments.
  • Access to your personal Tutor via our online portal.
  • Access to a range of online resources, student materials, assessments, assignments, eBooks etc
  • Practice exam papers to prepare you for the real thing.
  • Tutor references and predicted grades once a satisfactory amount of work has been completed.
  • Help finding an exam centre for you to sit your exam

Cambridge (2022)

Cambridge Course Code(s):

IGCSE History (9-1): 0977

IGCSE History: 0470

(Please note, there is no difference in the course teachings for the two specifications, there only difference is the grade you will receive once you have taken the exams. 0977 is graded 9-1, 9 being the highest while 0470 is graded A* to G, A* being the highest.)

Cambridge Exams: June & November

Cambridge Study Hours: 130 Hours


This IGCSE History CAIE Course will look at some of the major international issues of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as covering the history of particular regions in more depth. The emphasis is on both historical knowledge and on the skills required for historical research.

Students will develop an understanding of the nature of cause and effect, continuity and change, similarity and difference and find out how to use and understand historical evidence as part of your studies.

Specification for 2022 – Modules

The twentieth century: international relations since 1919

  • Were the peace treaties of 1919–23 fair?
  • To what extent was the League of Nations a success?
  • Why had international peace collapsed by 1939?
  • Who was to blame for the Cold War?
  • How effectively did the United States contain the spread of Communism?
  • How secure was the USSR’s control over Eastern Europe, 1948–c.1989?
  • Why did events in the Gulf matter, c.1970–2000?

At least one of the following Depth Studies:

Russia, 1905–41

  • Why did the Tsarist regime collapse in 1917?
  • How did the Bolsheviks gain power, and how did they consolidate their rule?
  • How did Stalin gain and hold on to power?
  • What was the impact of Stalin’s economic policies?

The United States, 1919–41

  • How far did the US economy boom in the 1920s?
  • How far did US society change in the 1920s?
  • What were the causes and consequences of the Wall Street Crash?
  • How successful was the New Deal?

Paper 1:

Written examination: 2 hours

Availability: June and October

Assessment overview: Two questions from Section A (Core content), and one from Section B( Depth Studies)

60 marks

40% of grade

Paper 2:

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

Availability: June and October

Assessment overview: Six questions on one prescribed topic taken from the Core Content. The prescribed topic changes in each examination session.

June 2022 series- How secure was the USSR’s control over Eastern Europe, 1948–c.1989?

November 2022 series – Were the peace treaties of 1919–23 fair?

50 marks

33% of grade

Paper 3: Alternative to Coursework

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

Availability: June and October

Assessment overview: Answer one question on a Depth Study.

40 marks

27% of grade

Cambridge (from 2023)

Cambridge Course Code(s):

IGCSE History (9-1): 0977

IGCSE History: 0470

(Please note, there is no difference in the course teachings for the two specifications, there only difference is the grade you will receive once you have taken the exams. 0977 is graded 9-1, 9 being the highest while 0470 is graded A* to G, A* being the highest.)

Cambridge Exams: June & November

Cambridge Study Hours: 130 Hours


This IGCSE History CAIE Course will look at some of the major international issues of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as covering the history of particular regions in more depth. The emphasis is on both historical knowledge and on the skills required for historical research.

Students will develop an understanding of the nature of cause and effect, continuity and change, similarity and difference and find out how to use and understand historical evidence as part of your studies.

Specification for 2023 – Modules

The twentieth century: international relations since 1919

  • Were the peace treaties of 1919–23 fair?
  • To what extent was the League of Nations a success?
  • Why had international peace collapsed by 1939?
  • Who was to blame for the Cold War?
  • How effectively did the United States contain the spread of Communism?
  • How secure was the USSR’s control over Eastern Europe, 1948–c.1989?
  • Why did events in the Gulf matter, c.1970–2000?

At least one of the following Depth Studies:

Russia, 1905–41

  • Why did the Tsarist regime collapse in 1917?
  • How did the Bolsheviks gain power, and how did they consolidate their rule?
  • How did Stalin gain and hold on to power?
  • What was the impact of Stalin’s economic policies?

The United States, 1919–41

  • How far did the US economy boom in the 1920s?
  • How far did US society change in the 1920s?
  • What were the causes and consequences of the Wall Street Crash?
  • How successful was the New Deal?

Exam Papers:

Paper 1:

Written examination: 2 hours

Availability: June and October

Assessment overview: Two questions from Section A (Core content), and one from Section B( Depth Studies)

60 marks

40% of grade

Paper 2:

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

Availability: June and October

Assessment overview: Six questions on one prescribed topic taken from the Core Content. The prescribed topic changes in each examination session.

June 2023 series- Why had international peace collapsed by 1939

November 2023 series – How secure was the USSR’s control over Eastern Europe, 1948–c.1989

50 marks

33% of grade

Paper 3: Alternative to Coursework

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

Availability: June and October

Assessment overview: Answer one question on a Depth Study.

40 marks

27% of grade

Edexcel

Edexcel Course Code(s): 4HIE1

Edexcel Exams: June only

Edexcel Study Hours: 130 Hours


This IGCSE History Course will help you get a good understanding of WW1 and selected other periods. You will be able to use historical sources critically, in context, recording significant information and reaching conclusions.

Edexcel Modules

Germany: development of dictatorship, 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 to January 1933
  • Nazi Germany 1933–39
  • Germany and the occupied territories during the Second World War

A divided union: civil rights in the USA, 1945–74

  • The Red Scare and McCarthyism
  • Civil rights in the 1950s
  • The impact of civil rights protests, 1960–74
  • Other protest movements: students, women, anti–Vietnam
  • Nixon and Watergate

The origins and course of the First World War, 1905–18

  • The alliance system and international rivalry, 1905–14
  • The growth of tension in Europe, 1905–14
  • The Schlieffen Plan and deadlock on the Western Front
  • The war at sea and Gallipoli
  • The defeat of Germany

China: conflict, crisis and change, 1900–89

  • The fall of the Qing, Warlordism and chaos, 1900–34
  • The triumph of Mao and the CCP, 1934–49
  • Change under Mao, 1949–63
  • The Cultural Revolution and its impact, 1965–76
  • China, 1976–89

Exam Papers

Paper 1: Depth Studies

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

Availability: June

Assessment overview: Two questions, one each on the following depth studies:

Germany: development of dictatorship, 1918–45 and A divided union: civil rights in the USA, 1945–74

60 marks

50% of the total international GCSE

Paper 2: Investigation and Breadth Studies

Practical examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

Availability: June

Assessment overview: Two questions, one on the following Historical investigation: The origins and course of the First World War, 1905–18, and one question on the following Breadth study: China: conflict, crisis and change, 1900–89

60 marks and

50% of the total International GCSE

 

Q&A

You do not need any prior learning knowledge or experience to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone who wishes to take part in a highly rewarding home study course, although you would be expected to have a reasonable standard of literacy.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 2 years from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor. You do not have to wait until September, when a traditional school starts. 

Once you enrol, you will be asked to fill in an enrolment form. On the form it will ask when you wish to complete by, so we can ensure you are supported right up to when you take your exams.

Once you enrol, you will have access to our online portal 24/7. Here you will find study materials that have been specially prepared by your tutor, there will be assessments, study notes, eBooks and assignments all relating to your course. Everything in this course is structured to follow the course specification, so all topics and units cover everything you need to learn. Your tutor will mark your work and give you written feedback on areas you need to improve or explain what you have done well. You can also ask your tutor questions if you get stuck on a topic or need something explaining a little more. 

When you approach the exams, your tutor will set you a series of practise exam papers so that you can know what to expect in your exam, and you can go into them feeling confident.

You will be provided with eBooks for this course. If you want to purchase physical books in addition, then we can provide you with the book ISBN numbers.

Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations (including any practicals they wish to take) at an approved centre. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.

All of our IGCSEs are available world wide. Meaning you can study with us from anywhere.

Cambridge, and Edexcel both have international exam centres, so you may be able to take the exams locally to you. Should you need any help finding a centre, then please do get in touch and we can assist you on this. 

We recommend that you are able to dedicate between 120 and 130 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Yes, you can work at your own pace to complete this course. Despite having 24 months Tutor Support, once you enrol you will be asked when you wish to complete, and your tutor can work along side you to achieve this.

With online learning, having the flexibility is a real advantage. This allows you to set the pace. Take your time or Fast-track, get the qualification when you need it.

Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSEs are international qualifications. Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSEs can be taken worldwide including the United Kingdom. Both exam boards offer a similar specification however different courses can have a different structure. Both the Cambridge and Edexcel courses are full International GCSE qualifications.

It is recommended that you aim to book your examinations 4/6 month prior to sitting them to avoid late entry fee charges.  Additionally, we would advise that you contact a few exam centres and find out the best price, as they can fluctuate greatly. 

You will sit the same exam as thousands of students across the country in an exam centre, and achieve the same qualification as everyone else. IGCSE qualifications are recognised by universities employers, colleges and sixth form colleges, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career.

Just like sitting your IGCSEs in a school, your tutor will be able to provide you with predicted grades, transcripts, certificate of graduation, and references for further education applications. 

Of course, all of our courses are tailored to cover the entire specification and are split into topics. You will have assignments to complete on every topic where your tutor will give you feedback. If you are struggling with an aspect then you can message your tutor and they can provide more information for you.

As your exams approach, your tutor will set a series of exam papers for you to take, so you can get a feel for the real thing.

If you complete all of your assignments, and your practise exam papers then there is no reason why you shouldn’t achieve a top grade.