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IGCSE History

Most of us spend too much time on the last twenty-four hours and too little time on the last six thousand years.
Will Durant and Ariel Durant coauthors of The Story of Civilisation

Sadly, due to time constraints, IGCSE History at St Edmund’s College does not cover the last 6000 years but what we do aim to provide a sense of perspective on events in the past and their significance in the modern world.

Now more than ever it is important for young people to understand developments of ideologies and movements and why they occurred. In this course, we study four topics ranging in time from c.1848 to c.1948.

The prime focus is the 20th Century world, the rise of dictators in relation to the two World Wars and the impact on military and civilian life. In addition, we also cover social history and discuss changes in medicine from the 1800s to the creation of the NHS, which is hugely influential in our lives today.

Head of Department Mr C Berkley
Syllabus Pearson Edexcel International GCSE (9-1) 

Course structure

This course is externally assessed via two papers. There is no coursework and both papers are worth 50% of the final mark.

 

Paper 1
  • Topic 3 – Germany: development of dictatorship, 1918 – 45
  • Topic 5 – Dictatorship and conflict in the USSR 1924 – 53
Paper 2
  • Topic A1- The origins and course of the First World War, 1905 – 1918
  • Topic B2- Changes in medicine c.1848 – c.1948
Now, more than ever it is important for young people to understand developments of ideologies and movements and why they occurred.

Future paths

GCSE History provides young people with knowledge of events from the past alongside skills of critical analysis and forming evidence-based conclusions.

History leads to a breadth of opportunities in higher education (closely related subjects include English Literature, Law, Politics, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology).