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GCSE History Course

What board do we do? Edexcel IGCSE subject code 4HI0

What is History? Students studying the Edexcel IGCSE History course will cover the key events, people, changes and issues in the specified periods or aspects of history.  They will also learn about the key features and characteristics of the specified periods, societies and aspects of history.  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 student 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.

Paper code: 4HI0/01

Section A: two themes from a choice of 10. In Section A, students answer two questions, each on a theme; each question is worth 25 marks.

Section B: one depth study from a choice of 6. In Section B, students answer one question worth 25 marks.

Section C: one study in change from a choice of 8. In Section C, students answer one question worth 25 marks.

The total mark available is 100 and the time allowed for the examination will be 2 hours and 30 minutes.

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