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Course: CIE 0470 A*-G

History is a people-centred subject. The study of how people behaved in the past provides an endless source of fascination.

IGCSE History gives you the opportunity to study some of the major events of the 20th century. History encourages you to reflect upon the world around you and make links between the problems you see today and the topics you discuss in the classroom.

senior school whiteboardThe focus of lessons is firmly on discussion and debate, and even disagreement, encouraging you to form your own opinion on the historical events that continue to shape the world that you live in.

IGCSE History enables you to develop the skills that will be invaluable in your future, such as the capacity to think independently, overcome thought-provoking intellectual challenges and construct your own viewpoint.

It hones your ability to think critically and gives you the personal confidence to challenge existing interpretations. These skills are very highly regarded by universities and employers and History maintains a strong reputation as a valuable qualification.

This is a challenging, but highly rewarding course with a real focus upon enabling you to think for yourself.

course content 
The course covers aspects of the development of the modern world, focusing on the period 1905-1970s. The core content will focus on International Relations since 1919.

We will explore how it was possible that another terrible conflict started only twenty years after the First World War, examining the ‘roaring twenties’ and the role of dictatorships of Hitler and Stalin in the 1930s. You will also study the Cold War, a period when the world stood at the edge of nuclear destruction. You’ll learn about the historical context of the Vietnam War that inspired films such as Forrest Gump.

The History department is committed to a cross-curricular approach to learning. Visits to the battlefields and graveyards of Ypres and Somme at the end of Year 9 provide the opportunity to consider first-hand the impact of World War One and to reflect on contrasting approaches to remembrance and commemoration.

The department also organises trips to Germany so that events studied in the classroom can be considered in their actual context.

Assessment

Coursework makes up 27% of your final grade, where you will work on one piece of extended writing.

You will take two written examinations at the end of Year 11, one focusing on factual content and short essays and the other primarily focusing on the critical evaluation of historical evidence. Together, these account for the remaining 73% of your grade.