IGCSE History

Why study Cambridge IGCSE History

In many ways our Cambridge IGCSE History homeschooling course is like studying literature. It’s easy to understand the story of a book as you read it, but it takes deeper thought to understand the themes, characters, symbolism and message of a book. In the same way it takes deeper thought to understand why something has happened in History or why it still affects the world today.

Learning modern history means that your child is learning about events that helped shape the world as we know it – World War One, World War 2, The Cold War and the United Nations. All are relevant now and it’s hard to have an opinion about current events without at least some knowledge of modern history.

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Wolsey Hall Oxford is a registered school of Cambridge Assessment International Education

Wolsey Hall is a registered online Cambridge International School.

Wolsey Hall Oxford is a Pearson Edexcel approved centre

We offer a wide range of IGCSE courses.

Key topics covered in the course

In addition to a Depth Study on Germany 1918-45, our Cambridge IGCSE History course covers Option B, The 20th century: International Relations since 1919:

· Were the peace treaties of 1919–23 fair?

· To what extent was the League of Nations a success?

· Why had international peace collapsed by 1939?

· Who was to blame for the Cold War?

· How effectively did the USA contain the spread of Communism?

· How secure was the USSR’s control over Eastern Europe, 1948–c.1989?

Prior requirements and hours of study

  • Previous study: CAIE recommends that learners starting this course should have studied a History curriculum such as the Cambridge Lower Secondary programme or equivalent national educational framework such as the Key Stage 3 programme of study within the National Curriculum for England (Years 7-9)
  • Your child should allow for up to 150 hours’ study time to complete their Cambridge IGCSE History course plus additional time for completing assignments. This is an approximate figure which depends on their learning abilities and the pace at which they work.

The syllabus and exam

This course is designed to prepare your child for the Cambridge (CAIE) IGCSE History, syllabus 0470 or 0977.

Our course for 2024-26 exams covers: The 20th Century: International Relations since 1919, and a Depth Subject: Germany 1918-45.

The exam comprises three written papers:

Paper 1

2 hours, (40% of total mark)

Paper 2

1 hour 45 minutes, (30%)

Paper 4

Alternative to Coursework, 1 hour, (30%)

There are Cambridge exam centres in over 150 countries. We can provide details of those most convenient.

All of our IGCSE courses include a number of past exam papers in the final module. These include the most recent paper which can be taken as a mock exam and submitted to your Tutor for assessment and feedback for a modest additional fee.

Course sample

Course Fees

Geraldine Morrison

Subjects: History, Sociology

Oliver Saunders

Subjects: History, Politics

Zara Lampey

Subjects: History, Politics

Rebecca Welsford

Subjects: History

Charlotte Landers

Kieron Hoyle

Subjects: History

Veronika Goodwin

Subjects: History

Michelle Feeney

Subjects: History, Politics
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