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History IGCSE

History IGCSE

Course Length

One or two years.

The course

History is fundamentally the study of the past: of the individuals, societies, cities and other structures that once were, and the causes and explanations of their development and demise. History IGCSE introduces students to a wide range of people and events crucial to the twentieth century. The subject develops the ability to argue effectively and teaches students how to critically evaluate source material. The course examines the tumultuous events of the last century, and the rise of America and the USSR in relation to the decline of Europe.

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What skills do I need?

You need the ability to analyse events and to express ideas in a concise fashion.

How is the course assessed?

There are three written papers. In the Unit 1 paper, you will answer questions on international relations during the years 1919-91 and an American depth study, focusing on 1919-41. The paper lasts 2 hours and is worth 40% of the total marks.

In the Unit 2 paper, you will concentrate on the evaluation through sources of a particular topic within the twentieth century. The paper lasts 1 hour 45 minutes and is worth 30% of the total marks.

In the Unit 4 paper, you will be required to answer one two-part question on America 1919-41. The paper lasts 1 hour and is worth 30% of the total marks.


IGCSE Modern World History (Student’s Book), 2nd Edition
By B. Walsh, M. Scott-Baumann
Published by Hodder Education, ISBN 978-1444164428

Complete 20th Century History for Cambridge IGCSE® (Paperback 8 Dec 2016)
By John Cantrell (Author), Neil Smith (Author)
Published by OUP Oxford, ISBN 978-0198399353

Exam Board and Specification Codes

Cambridge 0977

Robert Heggie
Head of Department

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