GCSE History

Exam Board:Cambridge Assessment International Education

Syllabus Number: 0977

What will I be studying?

The course offers students an opportunity to study the major global developments of the 20th century. They will also have the opportunity to look in depth at the history of at least one non-European region. This is an exciting course which prepares students wishing to go on to study the subject at IB or A Level or simply to develop their understanding of global issues.

The course helps students to develop both their historical knowledge and valuable and transferable skills such as presenting clear and logical arguments and interpreting evidence.

Students are given the opportunity to participate in a four-day visit to Berlin, Germany, in Lower Fifth.

Why study History?

History helps you develop the skills to look beyond the headlines, to ask questions properly, and to express your own opinions.

History trains your mind and teaches you how to think and process information. History students are rounded individuals who develop an understanding of both past and present. The pursuit of historical events and people is fun – a form of time travel.

IGCSE History involves you in empathetic exercises which allow you to appreciate that people in the past were not just ‘good’ or ‘bad’, but motivated in complex and inconsistent ways, just like us.

The IGCSE course allows you to understand the modern world and how the past has influenced 
the present.

How will I be assessed?

There are three papers which are a combination of structured recall questions and source based questions. There is no coursework.

Paper 1: (40%) 

  • International relations since 1919 including: 
  • The Treaty of Versailles 
  • Causes of WW2 
  • The Cold War


  • The USA 1919-41 including
  • The Roaring Twenties 
  • The Wall Street Crash 
  • The New Deal 

Paper 2: (33%)

  • A sourced-based exam paper on a prescribed topic on 20th Century history.

Paper 3: (27%) 

  • The USA 1919–41 

Examination method

Written exam 100%.