International GCSE 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 International GCSE 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.


The Edexcel International GCSE History qualification is assessed by two externally assessed papers:

IGCSE History Paper 1 (Depth Studies): 4HI1/01R

IGCSE History Paper 2 (Investigation and Breadth Studies): 4HI1/02R



The CIE IGCSE History course is assessed by two externally assessed papers:


IGCSE History Paper 1: 0977/12

IGCSE History Paper 2: 0977/22


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.



Development of a nation: Unification of Italy, 1848-71


  • The 1848 Revolutions in the Italian states
  • Developments in Piedmont, 1849–54
  • The defeat of Austria, 1854–59
  • Garibaldi and the Papal States
  • Venice and Rome and the extent of unification by 1870


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


Conflict, crisis and change: China, c1900-c1989


  • 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



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?


Depth Study: You will study at least one of the following


  • The United States, 1919–41
  • Germany, 1918–45


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 [email protected] 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 History Edexcel: 4HI1

IGCSE History CIE: 0977

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.



University of Cambridge International Examinations

Cambridge International Examinations is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and their qualifications are taken in over 160 countries and recognised by universities, education providers and employers across the world.



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.
  • 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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