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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Course 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.

This Edexcel IGCSE in History qualification is externally-assessed through two, one and a half hour, examination papers, set and marked by Edexcel.  The exams are in June and contain a total of 100 marks.

History Paper 1 Paper code: 4HI0/01 (50% of the total IGCSE marks)

Students complete two depth studies.

History Paper 2 Paper code: 4HI0/02 (50% of the total IGCSE marks)

Students complete one historical investigation and one breadth study in change.


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.


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.


This course covers the full Edexcel History specification meaning you will not require any further study resources.

Paper 1

Overview of content:

Students study the following depth studies

  • Development of a nation: Unification of Germany, 1848-71
  • A divided union: Civil rights in the USA, 1945-74

You will be assessed through an examination based on the above depth studies.   There are 50 marks available in total.  The examination time is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Paper 2

Overview of content:

Students will study the following historical investigation.

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

You will study the following breadth study in change.

  • Conflict, crisis and change: China, c1911-c1989

You will be assessed through an examination based on the above historical investigation and breadth study.   There are 50 marks available in total.  The examination time is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Q & A

Will I require any previous knowledge to start this course?

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.

What is included with this course?

  • In-depth study materials covering the full specification
  • Two years tutor support
  • Assignment marking and feedback

Will I need to purchase any books?

You will not need to purchase any books as we cover everything that is required in the course materials unless otherwise stated on the course page.

Are there any additional costs?

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

I live overseas, would I be able to take this course?

Yes, this course is available to international students, however if there is an examination at the end of the course, please contact us at info@homestudyzone.org.uk in order that we can advise you further.

Do I have to pay delivery?

For paper-based courses, delivery is free to the UK. A delivery fee will be payable for paper-based courses sent outside the UK. Please click here for delivery information.

How many hours should I allow for this course?

We recommend that you are able to dedicate between 120 and 150 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Can I complete this course sooner if I wish to?

Yes, you can work at your own pace to complete this course.

What is the course title and code for this qualification?

IGCSE in Business Studies (4HI0).  For more information on Edexcel, please click here.

Awarding Organisation

Edexcel was formed in 1996 by the merger of the Business & Technology Education Council (BTEC), the country’s leading provider of vocational qualifications, and the University of London Examinations & Assessment Council (ULEAC), one of the major exam boards for GCSEs and A levels.

In the UK, Edexcel work with more than 5,000 secondary schools, 450 further education colleges, 70 higher education institutions and more than 700 employers and training providers. As the company responsible for marking the national Key Stage 2 and 3 tests, they are also now working with 20,000 junior schools. Internationally, Edexcel operate in 112 countries and every year more than four million people trust their respected learning programmes and qualifications.


knowledgeable-tutors-onlineCourse fees for payment in full include:

  • Course materials which will cover the full Edexcel specification.
  • Assessment and feedback on all assignments.
  • Access to your personal Tutors via our online portal.
  • Access to a range of online resources.
  • Free Notebook and Pen.
  • Access to the NUS student card.
  • Tutor references once a satisfactory amount of work has been completed.
  • Free CV writing service on completion of course.


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