IGCSE History Online Distance Learning | Oxford Open Learning

IGCSE History Online Distance Learning Course

History IGCSE Online Distance Learning Course


Oxford Open Learning’s History IGCSE online course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel IGCSE in History (4HI0) for examination in June 2012 or later years.

Course structure

The OOL course is designed to match the Edexcel 4HI0 specification which is divided into four selected modules, as follows:

  • Development of dictatorship: Germany, 1918-1945
  • Depression and recovery in the USA, 1919-1945
  • 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; the Wall Street Crash, Roosevelt and the New Deal; 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. For further details, click to access the course introduction in the right hand sidebar of this page.


Assessment is by one 2 hour 30 minute written examination. There is no coursework.

Online features

Identical in content to our traditional courses, our online courses enable students to access their course materials wherever they are able to get online.  No need to carry your course folder around with you – instead just login and your course materials are there on your laptop, notebook or phone.  Our online classroom enables you to:

  • Access your course materials wherever you can go online
  • Upload assignments from your files and email these to your tutor
  • Receive your grades, tutor feedback and model answers to assignments online
  • Rapidly access activities via links within the text
  • Upload your answers to activities and store these online
  • Organise and store your own files in ‘my private files
  • Read the latest blogs on your subject
  • Join in with the news forum

How does the course work online?

When you enrol on our online GCSE History course you will be given access to your course materials via our online classroom, Oxford Online Learning.  The course homepage also includes access to our User Guide, Course Introduction and Course Overview.  The User Guide shows you how to navigate around the site; rapidly and easily upload your assignments to your tutor, access tutor comments and grades on your work, and download model answers to assignments.

The online classroom also gives you your own study area where you can upload and store your own files and resources so that you can find these easily when you enter the classroom.

In addition to online study materials, you will also receive the support of a personal tutor who is a qualified and experienced teacher in your subject of study.  He or she will be in regular contact with you by email and phone, and will mark your assignments.  You can also call on the friendly help and advice of our student advisers and our dedicated exams officer will help you find an exam centre and register for your exam.

What’s the difference between our online and offline course materials?

Our online course will enable you to study your course materials whenever you are online.  You can access the course on computer, on your phone, or via an electronic notebook.  There’s no need to carry your course folder with you when you are on the move.  You can store your own notes within our online classroom, and keep all your study materials in one place.

Our highly successful course folders of study materials provide a print-based version of the same course content.  Hard copy materials offer students a well-established means of accessing well-organised, high quality study materials that they can keep with them at home, or in their usual place of study.

Apart from the way in which you choose to receive the course materials, the content our IGCSE English course materials is the same whether you study online or in print.  Both forms of the course include the same tutor, exams officer and student adviser support.

If you would like to know more about our online IGCSE History course, contact us today.  Your call is free and we will be pleased to help you.

Stay Connected