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Cambridge IGCSE History 0470

Summary of course content

This course aims to enable students to:

  • stimulate an interest in and enthusiasm for learning about the past
  • promote the acquisition of knowledge and understanding of individuals, people and societies in the past
  • ensure that learners’ knowledge is rooted in an understanding of the nature and use of historical evidence
  • promote an understanding of key historical concepts: cause and consequence, change and continuity, and similarity and difference
  • provide a sound basis for further study and the pursuit of personal interest
  • encourage international understanding
  • encourage the development of historical skills, including investigation, analysis, evaluation and communication skills.

Areas of Study

All candidates study all the Core Content in either:

  • Option A The nineteenth century: the development of modern nation states, 1848–1914

or

  • Option B The twentieth century: international relations since 1919

In addition, all candidates must also study at least one of the Depth Studies:

A. The First World War, 1914-18
B. Germany, 1918-45
C. Russia, 1905-41
D. The USA, 1919-41
E. China, c. 1930 – c. 1990
F. South Africa, c. 1940 – c. 1994
G. Israelis and Palestinians since 1945

How the course is assessed

You will be assessed using three components:
1

Paper 1
– Written paper

2

Paper 2
– Written paper

3

and either Paper 3 (Coursework) or Paper 4 (Alternative to Coursework).
Your teacher will tell you if you are doing coursework or not.

Guided Learning Hours

We design Cambridge IGCSE syllabuses based on learners having about 130 guided learning hours for each subject during the course but this is for guidance only. The number of hours a learner needs to achieve the qualification may vary according to local practice and their previous experience of the subject.

Course code 0470
Level IGCSE
Syllabus

Required textbook

Cambridge IGCSE and O Level History Option B: the 20th Century Coursebook Second Edition, Paul Grey, Rosemarie Little, Robin Macpherson, John Etty, Graham Goodlad, Et al, ISBN 9781108439473. You can find the textbook here.