IGCSE History

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 that shaped 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.

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 2 hours and is worth 33% of the total marks. In the Unit 4 paper, you will be required to conduct a source-based study on America 1919-41. The paper lasts 1 hour and is worth 27% 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 Code

Cambridge 0470

Robert Heggie
Head of Department