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.

Each lesson begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment questions, and there is guidance for the preparation of coursework.

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

The Syllabus:

Our History IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel IGCSE in History (4HI0) for examination in May/June 2015 and later years.

  • 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.


There is a single 2 hour written examination in 2 sections, with a single tier of entry.


There are no prerequisites for starting this course.


No coursework is required.

Additional Reading:

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

Technical Support:

Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they need to keep in regular contact. The essential relationship between student and tutor begins with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan.

All tutors are fully qualified teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. So when you enrol on a home study course you can be assured of the assistance of a professionally qualified subject specific tutor.

We don't set a 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 consolidate the learning he or she has done and prepare for examinations.

All tutors have a local rate telephone number such as a 0845 number. This means that when you phone your tutor it will only cost you the price of a local call. 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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