GCSE History Course

What board do we do? Edexcel IGCSE subject code 4HI/01 and 4HI/02

What is History? History is the study of key features and characteristics of historical periods. Students will develop skills which enable them to analyse and evaluate historical interpretations in the context of historical events studied. They will learn how to use a range of source material to comprehend, interpret and cross refer sources. They will also develop skills to explain, analyse and make judgements about historical events and periods.  Students will be taught how to apply their understanding to succeed in the examinations.

Which subjects combine well with History?

History combines well with a number of other subjects. English Literature, Government & Politics and Economics are obvious examples, but History also complements a more Science based programme showing an ability to write analytically and understand current events in their historical context.

What careers and University courses can History lead to?

History is a well respected academic subject at A level.   History prepares students well for any careers or degree courses that require an ability to carry out research, to put forward a well supported argument or to write analytically. Teaching on the course encourages students to read a variety of historians’ views and use their own knowledge to challenge and support their interpretations.


The Edexcel IGCSE in History comprises one external examination made up of two papers.

Paper code: 4HI0/01

Paper 1: two depth studies:

Germany: development of dictatorship, 1918-1945

A world divided: superpower relations, 1943-72

Students answer one question on each topic. There are 60 marks available in total. The assessment duration is 1 hour and 30 minutes.


Paper 2: one historical investigation:

Russia and the Soviet Union, 1905-18

One breadth study:

Changes in medicine, c1848-c1948

Students answer two questions, one on each topic. There are 60 marks available in total. The assessment duration is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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