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, the United Nations, and the rise and rise of China. 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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IGCSE Course Information

Key Topics Covered in the Course

In addition to a Depth Study on China c.1930–c.1990, 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?Why did events in the Gulf matter, c.1970–2000?
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Prior Requirements and Hours of Study

  • Your child will find the course easier to follow if they have studied History from the English National Curriculum (Years 7 – 9) or an equivalent national educational framework. But the course assumes no prior knowledge and may be taken without previous study of History. Competence in the English Language is necessary however.
  • 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.
  • We offer Study Skills Sessions for those students who need some extra help managing their studies.

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 2019 – 2022 exams covers: The 20th Century: International Relations since 1919, and a Depth Subject: China 1930 – 1990.

The exam comprises three written papers:

Paper 1: 2 hours, (40% of total mark)

Paper 2: 2 hours, (33%)

Paper 4: Alternative to Coursework, 1hour, (27%)

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

Course Fee

The fee for Cambridge IGCSE History is £495 via instalments. There is a discount of 5% for payment in full reducing the fee to £470.

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Meet Our IGCSE History Tutors

Lucas Williams - IGCSE Student, Malaysia

I have enjoyed learning History IGCSE with Wolsey Hall. There are plenty of interesting and engaging resources which have made it a really enjoyable experience!

Deborah Lim, Homeschooling Student, Kuala Lumpur

With the aid of my supportive, capable Tutors and the extensive resources that Wolsey Hall offers, I am pleased to say that I scored an A* in English Literature (96%) and an A in History (88%)! I am really ecstatic over my recent results! I am really really grateful to Michelle Feeney -- my History tutor -- for helping me on my IGCSE journey with her insightful feedback and willingness to reply every one of my queries. From a student who has had absolutely no background at all in Literature or History prior to joining Wolsey Hall, I believe that I could not have ever scored such high grades without all their input. These results have really blown me away...

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