The History IGCSE Course provides an opportunity for a fascinating insight into aspects of twentieth century history. Focusing on the impact of the Second World War on countries as diverse as the United States of America, Germany, India and those newly formed by decolonisation in Africa, the course also studies how the twentieth century brought independence to many nations around the world.

Students will be offered opportunities to analyse, interpret and evaluate primary and secondary evidence, question sources of information, and learn how to present their own views in well-structured essays. The course consists of 4 modules and 22 lessons in total with 8 TMAs (2 per module), plus a longer mock examination assignment.

The course consists of 4 modules and 22 lessons in total with 8 TMAs (2 per module), plus a longer mock examination assignment.

The course consists of the following 4 modules:

  • Module 1: Development of Dictatorship: Germany, (1918-1945)

Topics Include: The Establishment of the Weimar Republic and its early Problems; The Recovery of Germany, 1924-29; The Rise of Hitler and the Nazis; Life in Nazi Germany; & The Impact of the Second World War in Germany.

  • Module 2: A Divided Union: Civil Rights in the USA, (1945-1974)

Topics Include: The Red Scare and McCarthyism; Civil rights in the 1950s; The impact of Martin Luther King and of Black Power; Protest movements: students, women, anti-Vietnam & Nixon and Watergate.

  • Module 3: Colonial Rule and the Nationalist Challenge in India, (1919-1947)

Topics Include: The Rowlatt Acts, Amritsar and the Government of India Act, 1919; Gandhi and Congress, 1917-29; Key Developments in the 1930s; The Impact of the Second World War on India; The Growth of Communal Violence, 1945-47; and Independence and Partition.

  • Module 4: Change in Africa: from Colonialism to Independence, (1945-2000)

Topics Include: The Impact of the Second World War on Change in Africa; Independence Movements in East and West Africa; Changes in the Congo; Independence Movements in North Africa; & South Africa and the End of Apartheid.

The Syllabus:

The History IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel IGCSE in History (4HI0) for examination in May/June 2018

Please Note: This specification will be available until the May/June 2018 exams, and a new specification (4HI1) with the new grading system (9 - 1) has been introduced in 2017 for first exams in May/June 2019. A course for the new specification is available for students wanting to sit their exams in 2019. Please contact us if you want further information on the 2019 specification.


Assessment is by two written examinations. There is no coursework with this specification.

  • Paper 1: 1 Hour 30 Minutes (Untiered)
  • Paper 2: 1 Hour 30 Minutes (Untiered)


There are no prerequisites for starting this course.

Additional Reading:

No additional reading is required. Nevertheless, as with all subjects, you may find it helpful to consult some other textbooks to gain a different perspective on the topic you are reading.

Student Support:

Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they should keep in regular contact. All tutors are fully qualified experienced teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. Most work from home and are able to offer flexible contact times. The tutor will contact students with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan. They will also let the student know the best ways and times for contact.

There is no limit on how often you can contact your tutor. The advice and encouragement our tutors provide are an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Post or Email. There are tutor-marked assignments (TMA's) in every course. These help the student to consolidate their learning and prepare for examinations.

All tutors have a Freephone 0800 telephone number and most will have Skype capabilities. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.

Examination Centres:

All IGCSE Exams must be taken at a registered examination centre as a private candidate. We offer course materials and tutor support although we are not an examination centre. An Examinations Officer can assist with finding centres and dealing with coursework forms for all registered students but we do not book exams on behalf of students.

If you would like to research exam centres prior to enrolment then we would advise contacting Edexcel for a list of Edexcel registered centres in your area. Edexcel exam centres are able to submit entries for any qualification that they are approved to offer.

Nearest Examination Dates:

Please review the IGCSE Overview page for detailed information on possible examination dates and procedures.

IGCSE Examination Fees:

Examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre's administration costs. You can find out further information about the Private Candidate process and locate suitable exam centres by contacting Edexcel.

Studying from Abroad:

It is possible to study any of our home study courses from anywhere in the world. The IGCSE is offered to students in over 150 countries. We advise contacting the British Council or your local schools and colleges to enquire if they can offer the Edexcel IGCSE examinations.

View Testimonials
Submit a Testimonial