IGCSE History

Edexcel IGCSE
Delve into the past and the power it holds to help us understand the present with our fascinating, dynamic History IGCSE course.
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Through the study of some of the most intriguing and tumultuous periods in human history, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of key events, people, and societies, and learn how to ask relevant questions about the past. Essential for anyone who wishes to study history at A-level or at university, this course has been created by subject specialists to equip you with key skills such as critical thinking, essay writing, and analysis.

Delve into the past and the power it holds to help us understand the present with our fascinating, dynamic History IGCSE course

You’ll begin by studying Germany between 1918 and 1945, exploring the development and collapse of democracy, and the rise and fall of Nazism, and discovering how Hitler & the Nazis used a variety of factors to take complete control of the country. Moving on, you’ll delve into the conflict and tension of the interwar years, discovering the events which led to the start of the Second World War.

Next, you’ll immerse yourself in the Cold War, one of the most dangerous times in recent history You’ll explore the difference between capitalism and communism and how this is at the root of the standoff between the USA and USSR. You’ll go on to study the changes in medicine between 1848 and 1948, exploring how our understanding of and attitudes towards public health developed over this century, and how this, along with the rapid development of technologies made medical treatments and diagnoses more effective.

Finally, you’ll undertake a historical investigation that looks at the origins and the course of the First World War, learning about the system of alliances before 1914 and the key issues that pushed Europe to war, ultimately exploring how Germany was defeated.

What you will learn

  1. Unit 1 - Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship

    • Germany and the growth of democracy
    • Germany and the Depression
    • The experiences of Germans under the Nazis
  2. Unit 2 - BB Conflict and Tension: The Inter-War Years 1918–1939

    • Peacemaking
    • Treaty of Versaille
    • The League of Nations and international peace
    • The origins and outbreak of the Second World War
  3. Unit 3 - BA Norman England: c1066 – c1100

    • The Norman conquest and control
    • Life under the Normans
    • The Norman Church and Monasticism
  4. Unit 4 - AA Britain: Health and the People c1000 to the Present Day

    • Medicine stands still
    • The beginnings of change
    • A revolution in medicine
    • Modern medicine
  5. Unit 5 - Preparing for Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World (AB and BB)

    • Preparing for Paper 1
    • Paper 1 Section A
    • Paper 1 Section B
    • Punctuation in exams
  6. Unit 6 - Preparing for Paper 2: Shaping the Nation (BA and AA)

    • Preparing for Paper 2
    • Grade Descriptors
    • Paper 2 Section A
    • Paper 2 Section B

Awarding Body


Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding organisation offering academic and vocational qualifications in schools, colleges and workplaces in the UK and abroad. Edexcel is a multinational education and examination body covering A-Level Courses and GCSE Courses.

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of this History distance learning course, you will receive a GCSE certificate in History, issued by Edexcel. This syllabus (4HI1) has been chosen specifically because it is best suited to distance learning.

How is this course assessed or examined?

You’ll be required to complete the two IGCSE standard written exams:

    • Paper 1: 1 hour 30 minutes, written exam, 50% of your IGCSE, 60 marks.
        • Germany: development of dictatorship, 1918–45

        • A world divided: superpower relations, 1943–72

  • Paper 2: 1 hour 30 minutes, written exam, 50% of your IGCSE, 60 marks.
      • The origins and course of the First World War, 1905–18

    • Changes in medicine, c1848–c1948

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our partner exam centres around the UK. Check where your closest exam centre is.

During your course, you will also be required to complete various assignments. These do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to gauge your progress as you work through the course. There is no coursework to complete.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this Edexcel IGCSE History course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write in English.

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