GCSE History2018-04-06T11:45:37+00:00

GCSE History


GCSE History will enable you to extend your knowledge and understanding of key events, periods and of the wide diversity of human experience in the 20th and early 21st century. You will develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers as you ask questions about the past, investigate issues critically and make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context. The skills you acquire will support your progression to further study of History and a wide range of other subjects.

The Course

The Pearson Edexcel International GCSE in History comprises two mandatory papers.

For Paper 1 you will study two topics in depth.

1. A world divided: superpower relations, 1943–72:

  • Reasons for the Cold War.
  • Early developments in the Cold War, 1945–49.
  • The Cold War in the 1950s.
  • Three crises: Berlin, Cuba and Czechoslovakia.
  • The Thaw and moves towards Détente, 1963–72.

2. A divided union: civil rights in the USA , 1945-74:

  • The Red Scare and McCarthyism.
  • Civil rights in the 1950’s.
  • The impact of civil rights protests, 1960-74.
  • Other protest movements: students, women, anti-vietnam.
  • Nixon and Watergate.

Paper 2 consists of one historical investigation and one breadth study in change.

1. The USA, 1918-41

  • The Roaring Twenties.
  • Increased social tensions in the 1920s.
  • The USA in Depression, 1929-33.
  • Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1933-41.
  • The Opposition to the New Deal.

2. Changing role of international organisations: the League and the UN, 1919-2000:

  • The creation and aims of the League and the UN.
  • Similarities and differences in the organization of the League and the UN.
  • Changes in the work of the League and UN agencies.
  • Successes of the League and UN.
  • The weaknesses of the peacekeeping roles of the League and the UN, 19192000.


IGCSE History is assessed through two examination papers, both 1 hour 30 minutes in length.