International GCSE History

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The History IGCSE

Studying history enables us to understand the social and economic forces which have shaped the world we live in today. Were Victorian values a good thing? How has the role of women changed through the ages? Our History course focuses on British social and economic history from 1750 to 1950 and takes you back in time to answer these and many other questions.

Each lesson of the course contains numerous thought-provoking activities, reinforced with a wealth of illustrations, diagrams and summaries.

History IGCSE Subject Content

The Oxford Open Learning course is divided into four selected modules, as follows:

  • Development of dictatorship: Germany, 1918-1945
  • A Divided Union: Civil Rights in the USA, 1945-74
  • Colonial rule and the nationalist challenge in India, 1919-1947
  • Change in Africa: from colonialism to independence, 1945-2000

Covering key events in twentieth century world history, the course includes the rise of Hitler and the Nazis, and the impact of the Second World War on Germany; Vietnam and Civil Rights; Gandhi, Congress and Indian Independence; and finally, independence movements in Africa and the end of apartheid.

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 includes study of visual and online sources as well as a wide variety of materials in print.

The History IGCSE Specification

Oxford Open Learning’s International GCSE History course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel international GCSE in History (4HI0) for examination in June 2017 or later years.


History IGCSE Assessment

Assessment is by  two 90-minute written papers.

There is no coursework.

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History IGCSE FAQs

The international GCSE History is of the same level as a GCSE and is examined by Edexcel, one of the UKs most trusted examination boards. A key difference is that IGCSE History does not include classroom controlled assessment or coursework, making it convenient for distance learners.

The History International GCSE qualification is accepted as at least the equivalent of GCSE in UK sixth form colleges, FE colleges, universities and other HE institutions.

What our students think…

From the moment I applied to Oxford Open learning for IGCSE History (and now A level History) I found my Student Adviser Carolyn to be prompt, courteous and helpful: nothing was too much trouble and it was an altogether informative experience. Having had experience with distance learning with the Open University for 10 years, Oxford Open Learning have been by far the most supportive. I would say to anyone thinking about distance learning, it is most important to plan your study time and be committed and you won’t regret it.The feeling of achievement on receiving an A on results day was thrilling.

Susan Gordon, History IGCSE grade A Summer 2014

Susan Gordon History GCSE student

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