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Exam Board - EDEXCEL

The Edexcel IGCSE History course builds upon the skills acquired in Year 7 and Year 8. This highly academic program requires quality, clarity and expression of written work and therefore it is essential to have a strong mastery of the English language. Most importantly, an interest in history and the use of historical material is essential.

There are many career opportunities available through the study of history. Any career that rewards clear thinking, good writing, articulate speaking and the ability to ask and answer complex questions about how the world works will be open to a student of history. The study of History at this level will also provide an excellent foundation for further academic study at A Level.

Paper 1: Depth Studies

Germany: development of dictatorship, 1918–45

A world divided: superpower relations, 1943–72

Assessment overview

Students are assessed through an examination based on their selected depth studies. Students answer two questions, one on each of the depth studies they have studied

Paper 2: Investigation and Breadth Studies

Russia and the Soviet Union, 1905–24

China: conflict, crisis and change, 1900–89

Assessment overview

Students are assessed through an examination based on their historical investigation and breadth study in change. Students answer two questions, one question on their historical investigation and one question on their breadth study in change.

While studying these topics students will:

• gain knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of historical periods

• develop skills to explain, analyze and make judgments about historical events and periods studied, using second-order historical concepts

• learn how to use a range of source material to comprehend, interpret and cross-reference sources

• develop skills to analyze and evaluate historical interpretations in the context of historical events studied.

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