The History IGCSE Course provides an opportunity for a fascinating insight into aspects of twentieth century history. The first half of this course focuses on Changes in Medicine (1848–1948) and the rise of the USA as a superpower, while the second half concentrates on the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party in Germany and the civil rights movement in America.

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 with 21 lessons in total and 10 tutor marked assignments (TMAs) including 2 practice exam assignments.

The course consists of the following 4 modules:

  • Module 1: Changes in Medicine (1848–1948)

Topics Include: Progress in the mid-19th Century; Nightingale, Chadwick, Snow and Simpson; Medicine Discovery and Development, 1860–75; Lister and Pasteur; Accelerating Change, 1875–1905; Ehrlich, Koch and Chemistry; Government Action and War, 1905–20; and Advances in Medicine, Surgery and Public Health 1920–48 and the NHS.

  • Module 2: The USA (1918–1941)

Topics Include: The Roaring Twenties; Increased Social Tensions in the 1920s; The USA in Depression, 1929–33; Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1933–41; and The Opposition to the New Deal.

  • Module 3: Germany - Development of Dictatorship (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 to January 1933; Life in Nazi Germany; & The Impact of the Second World War in Germany.

  • Module 4: 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 Civil Rights Protests, 1960–74; Other Protest Movements: Students, Women, anti–Vietnam; and Nixon and Watergate.

The Syllabus:

The History IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel IGCSE in History (4HI1) for examination in May/June 2020 or later years. Assessment is by two written papers.


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

  • Paper 1: Depth Studies (1 Hour 30 Minutes) is 50% of the total marks.
  • Paper 2: Investigation and Breadth Studies (1 Hour 30 Minutes) is 50% of the total marks.


There are no prerequisites for starting this course.

Please Note: We cannot accept students who are under 18 years old on this course. We do have an alternative IGCSE course option for students who are under 18. Please email us if you require additional information about this alternative 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.

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