IGCSE History Course

History is the study of past events. To understand the present thoroughly, we need to look at past events and see how they are influencing the current state of the world. It would be impossible to understand the present social, economic and political climate without referring to the events of the 20th century. Similarly, it would be difficult to understand the events of the 1900s without looking at the 1800s. This IGCSE History Distance Learning Course will teach you all you need to know to pass the exam.

Learning outcomes

Recall, select and communicate knowledge and understanding of History Demonstrate understanding of the past through explanation and analysis of:

Causation
Consequence
Continuity
Change
Significance

Qualification: IGCSE History
Accredited: Yes
QCF Recognised: Yes
Awarding Body: CIE - Cambridge International Examinations
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year
Duration: Flexible - Approx 300 Hours - 12 Months Max Support

Course fees include course lessons & 12 months tutor support
(Exam fees not included)


IGCSE History Course


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Course Fee: Starting at: £449.00


One of the biggest concerns for any potential student is the financial commitment involved. UK Open College recognise this and have implemented a pay as you study plan to assist students in spreading any fees involved with their course over a manageable period of time. Students are able to pay a deposit upon enrolment followed by a monthly repayment over a set period of time.

We would encourage students to view any related fees as an investment in their future. The majority of investments will provide a rewarding return over a set period of time. Once qualified and in employment students can expect a fantastic return on their investment year after year.

We offer all UK Based students guaranteed acceptance onto this scheme* upon completion of a signed student agreement. Shortly after paying your deposit our accounts department will contact you direct via telephone to gather the required information to complete the agreement. Once received we will forward a digital document via email for your signature. 

*Contact details, employment details and valid UK bank details with the ability to set up direct debit are required for all students applying for our pay as you study plan. If students are unable to provide this information any application may be declined

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1 Why did the Tsarist regime collapse in 1917?
Focus Points

How well did the Tsarist regime deal with the difficulties of ruling Russia up to 1914?
How did the Tsar survive the 1905 revolution?
How far was the Tsar weakened by the First World War?
Why was the revolution of March 1917 successful?

2 How did the Bolsheviks gain power, and how did they consolidate their rule?
Focus Points

How effectively did the Provisional Government rule Russia in 1917?
Why were the Bolsheviks able to seize power in November 1917?
Why did the Bolsheviks win the Civil War?
How far was the New Economic Policy a success?

3 How did Stalin gain and hold on to power?
Focus Points

Why did Stalin, and not Trotsky, emerge as Lenin’s successor?
Why did Stalin launch the Purges?
What methods did Stalin use to control the Soviet Union?
How complete was Stalin’s control over the Soviet Union by 1941?
Curriculum content 
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4 What was the impact of Stalin’s economic policies?
Focus Points

Why did Stalin introduce the Five-Year Plans?
Why did Stalin introduce collectivisation?
How successful were Stalin’s economic changes?
How were the Soviet people affected by these changes?

Specified Content

The main features of Tsarist rule and Russian society before the First World War: 
The 1905 revolution and its aftermath
Attempts at reform
The First World War and its impact on the Russian people
The March revolution of 1917.
The Provisional Government and the Soviets, the growing power of revolutionary groups
Reasons for the failure of the Provisional Government
The Bolshevik seizure of power, the role of Lenin
The main features of Bolshevik rule, the Civil War and War Communism, and reasons for the 
Bolshevik victory
The Kronstadt Rising and the establishment of the New Economic Policy
Lenin’s death and the struggle for power
Reasons for Stalin’s emergence as leader by 1928
Stalin’s dictatorship: 
Use of terror
The Purges
Propaganda and official culture
Stalin’s economic policies and their impact: 
The modernisation of Soviet industry
The Five-Year Plans
Collectivisation in agriculture
Life in the Soviet Union: 
The differing experiences of social groups
Ethnic minorities and women.

The 20th century: International Relations since 1919

The Core Content in Option B focuses on seven Key Questions:

1 Were the peace treaties of 1919–23 fair?
2 To what extent was the League of Nations a success?
3 Why had international peace collapsed by 1939?
4 Who was to blame for the Cold War?
5 How effectively did the USA contain the spread of Communism?
6 How secure was the USSR’s control over Eastern Europe, 1948–c.1989?
7 How effective has the United Nations Organisation been?

1 How was the Jewish state of Israel established?
Focus Points

What was the significance for Palestine of the end of the Second World War?
What were the causes of conflict between Jews and Arabs in Palestine?
Why did the Arabs reject UNO plans to partition Palestine?
Why was Israel able to win the war of 1948–9?

2 How was Israel able to survive despite the hostility of its Arab neighbours?
Focus Points

Why was Israel able to win the wars of 1956, 1967 and 1973?
How significant was superpower involvement in Arab-Israeli conflicts?
Why have Israel’s neighbours become more ready to accept its existence?
By the 1990s, how far had the problems which existed between Israel and her neighbours been 
solved?

3 What has been the impact on the Palestinians of the existence of Israel?
Focus Points

Why were so many Palestinians refugees?
How effective has the PLO been in promoting the Palestinian cause?
Why have Arab states not always supported the Palestinians?
How have international perceptions of the Palestinian cause changed over time?

4 What has been the effect of the Arab-Israeli conflict on life in Israel?
Focus Points

How has the hostility of its Arab neighbours influenced the lives of the people of Israel?
What has been the political significance of Judaism within Israel?
What differences have existed amongst Israelis about how to treat the Palestinians?
Have Palestinians within Israel and the occupied territories been more or less fortunate than 
Palestinians in exile?

Specified Content

The Arab and Jewish peoples of Palestine: 

Different cultures, races, languages
The aftermath of the Second World War: 
Jewish immigration
Jewish nationalism and the ending of the British mandate
The declaration of the state of Israel and the war of 1948–9
Israel and its Arab Neighbours: 
The Suez War (1956)
The Six-Day War (1967)
The Yom Kippur War (1973), and Israeli incursions into LebanonCurriculum content 

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Moves towards peace
Camp David and subsequent negotiations.
The Palestinians: 
The refugee problem
Palestinian nationalism and the formation of the PLO
Activities of the PLO, and international acceptance
The role of Arafat
Relations between the PLO and Arab states
Relations with Israel and moves towards the creation of a Palestinian state.
The state of Israel:
Social organisation
The experiences of men and women in national service
The kibbutz.
Relations between Jews and Arabs within Israel and the occupied territories
Problems of new Jewish settlements
Differing viewpoints amongst Israelis on dealing with Arab neighbours.


Students looking to enrol onto this course should meet the following criteria:

Be aged 14 Years or above
Possess a solid knowledge of the english language
Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course
Basic computer skills: e.g Word processing, emailing, uploading documents etc
Have a genuine desire to succeed

To sit CIE examination students must register as a private candidate with an approved examination centre. Full details will be contained within your course pack


CIE - IGCSE History

Cambridge International Examinations are the largest awarding body in the UK for international qualifications predominantly aimed at 14-19 years olds. Cambridge International Examinations is recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) – the regulator of examinations in England – to award qualifications. This means you can be sure all assessments and qualifications are monitored and meet appropriate standards


Course duration will vary dependant on student commitment, effort and ability. Overall guided learning hours are approx 300. This should be used as a guideline only and completion times will vary hugely. 

We would encourage students to serioulsy consider how they plan to complete their chosen course prior to enrolment. Students should think about how they are going to study, where they are going to study and how often. Be realistic!

Speak to family members and help them to understand what you are trying to acheive, explain you may require peace and space to study at certain times. The more you involve them the more likey you are to get them on your side.

Students are reminded that the time in which they complete is purely down to them as an individual. Completion can be as quickly or as slowly as you wish within the 12 month tuition period. If you require additional time an extension may be available. Extensions are arranged at an additional cost as and when needed


Online: Access our premium online cloud based learning system where you are able to access all of your course lessons, assignments and tutor correspondence in one place. Download the APP and access your course information on any device from anywhere in the world with an internet signal.  This course is not available in hard copy/paper format,

We will begin by looking at what the examination board, will require of you in the way of examinations.  You will be referred to what you need to do in terms of registration and arranging with an external centre for you to take the examinations.


The four modules you will study are split over three examination papers:

The IGCSE examination Paper One is for 2 hours. It is a written paper. In Section A candidates can answer two questions on either the 19th or 20th century core content topics (Units 1 and 3).

In Section B candidates can answer one question one depth study (either unit 2 or 4).

This paper is worth 40% of the total marks available.

The IGCSE examination Paper Two is for 2 hours. It is a written paper. Candidates can answer a series of questions on either the 19th or 20th century core content topics (Units 1 and 3).

This paper is worth 33% of the total marks available.

The IGCSE examination Paper Four is for 1 hour. It is a written paper. Candidates can answer one question on one depth study (either unit 2 or 4) and the questions will be based on historical sources.

This paper is worth 27% of the total marks available.

In order to help students with the terms and conditions of their enrolment we have tried to keep things simple and easy to understand. No jargon or small print. Our full terms and conditions can be viewed here.

In our experience the main and most important part of these terms for our students is the cancellation & returns policy. So let’s explain these clearly to avoid any misunderstanding.

Firstly, we would request that students check the course syllabus and content immediately upon receipt. This is vitally important. Please ensure that any qualification awarded at the end of your course meets your needs. If in doubt call us on 0121 288 0181 to check before you enrol.

If for any reason you wish to cancel and return your course to us for a refund you are welcome to do so as long as you notify us within 14 days of receipt at the delivery address. Please email accounts@ukopencollege.co.uk stating your name, address, invoice number requesting to cancel. We will then respond to you with further instruction. If you have received a hard copy of your course you will be required to return this at your own cost via courier/recorded delivery before a full refund will be issued. If you have paid a deposit and signed a student agreement, you will be charged a £30 cancellation fee. This will be deducted from any deposit paid in addition to any postage charges incurred by us.

All returns must remain unused and in resalable condition. This complies with distance selling regulations. All students are welcome to return their course to us for any reason as long as we have been notified within the 14 days as above. Unfortunately, if notification to cancel is received outside of this period your request for a refund will be declined. This does not affect your statutory rights

Please call our accounts team direct on 0121 288 0181 if you have any questions regarding our cancellation and returns policy. It will only cost you a phone call

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