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Year 9 Options » History


Key Information

Examination Board Cambridge International Examinations
Syllabus Code  0470
Entry Requirements


“Not to know what happened before you were born is to remain forever a child”.

Cicero (46 BC)

The History syllabus prepares students to take three examinations in the subject at the end of Year 11. This course also prepares those students who are interested in taking the subject at A-Level to do so. The History programme aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the past through the development of analytical skills, working extensively from source material and researching key events and characters. Students are encouraged to understand and appreciate the attitudes,  values and opinions of societies in place at the times that are being studied.

Course Content

The two year IGCSE History programme is focused upon 20th Century History and is organised as follows:

  • Peace treaties of 1919 – 1923 & League of Nations
  • Collapse of International Peace by 1939 The Cold War
  • USA and the containment of Communism & The decline of the Soviet empire
  • Depth Study: Germany 1919-1945


End of Course Assessment:

Paper 1: Two Questions on Modern World History and one on Depth Study

Paper 2: Source Paper (topic changes annually) – 2 hour paper

Paper 3  – One Question on Depth Study of Germany

Careers and Progression

Future employers value the research, analytical, teamwork and communication skills that are developed by History students and these are skills you will develop through the IGCSE History Course.

History will be useful for the following careers:

Heritage manager
Museum/gallery exhibitions officer
Secondary school teacher
Broadcast journalist
Newspaper Journalist
Editorial assistant
Information officer

For more information, contact Mr Conor Gibson