History develops a range of abilities in the students that extend their factual knowledge, comprehension and analytical skills. The syllabus promotes positive values and appreciation of our diverse community with special emphasis on contemporary problems of society.
CIE IGCSE History – Syllabus code 0470
The CIE IGCSE History syllabus offers students the opportunity to study some of the major international issues of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as looking in greater depth at the history of a particular region. The emphasis within the syllabus is as much on developing lifelong historical skills as on acquiring knowledge. Successful candidates gain valuable skills including:
- an interest in and enthusiasm for learning and understanding about the past
- an understanding of historical concepts such as cause and consequence, continuity and change, and similarity and difference
- an appreciation of historical evidence and how to use it
- a greater understanding of international issues and inter-relationships
- how to present clear, logical arguments
- a sound basis for further study and the pursuit of personal interest
History develops a range of abilities in the students that extend their factual knowledge, comprehension and analytical skills. The syllabus promotes positive values and appreciation of our diverse community with special emphasis on contemporary problems of society. Students develop their confidence through the exchange of opinions and the development of solid arguments.
Assessment structure and objectives
IGCSE History at Uplands is assessed externally and coursework is not offered as an option at this time. Candidates are entered for three examination papers:
Paper 1 (2 hours – 40%) Candidates choose three questions to answer – Two on Core Content and one on Depth Studies.
Paper 2 (2 hours – 33%) Candidates answer six questions on a selected topic that has been provided beforehand. Each option will include a collection of source material relating to the topic, and a series of questions based on the material.
Paper 3 (1 hour – 27%) Candidates must answer a series of questions based on their Depth Study. The questions are both content and source based.
To pass Cambridge IGCSE History, candidates must demonstrate the following:
- AO1: an ability to recall, select, organise and deploy knowledge of the syllabus content
- AO2: an understanding of change and continuity, cause and consequence, similarity and difference as well as the motives, emotions, intentions and beliefs of people in the past
- AO3: an ability to understand, interpret, evaluate and use a range of sources as evidence, in their historical context.
History IGCSE at Uplands
All students study a range of Core Content and one Depth Study.
The Core Content includes topics from both the 19th and 20th Centuries:
- What caused the First World War?
- Were the peace treaties of 1919-23 fair?
- To what extent was the League of Nations a success?
- Why had international peace collapsed by 1939?
- Who was to blame for the Cold War?
- How effectively did the USA contain the spread of Communism?
The Depth Study selected for study is ‘Russia and the USSR 1905-1941’:
- Why did the Tsarist regime collapse in 1917?
- How did the Bolsheviks gain power and how did they consolidate their rule?
- How did Stalin gain and hold on to power?
- What was the impact of Stalin’s economic policies?
Note: some of the topics studied (excluding the source-based prescribed topics) may vary from year to year depending on the interests of the teacher and class. Not all available topics have been listed here.