International GCSE History

Online Course (Edexcel)

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Study method
Online, self-paced
12 Months
Access to content
Access until course completion
Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in History
Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) not included in price & must be purchased separately
  • Tutor is available to students

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This International GCSE History Course will help you get a good understanding of WW1 and selected other periods. You will be able to use historical sources critically, in context, recording significant information and reaching conclusions.

Students will develop an understanding of the nature of cause and effect, continuity and change, similarity and difference and find out how to use and understand historical evidence as part of your studies


Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in History
Awarded by Edexcel


There are 2 papers for the course, which cover the following content:-

Development of a nation- Unification of Italy, 1848-71:

  • The 1848 Revolutions in the Italian states
  • Developments in Piedmont, 1849–54
  • The defeat of Austria, 1854–59
  • Garibaldi and the Papal States
  • Venice and Rome and the extent of unification by 1870

A decided union- Civil right in the USA, 1945-74:

  • The Red Scare and McCarthyism
  • Civil rights in the 1950s
  • The impact of civil rights protests, 1960–7
  • Other protest movements: students, women, anti–Vietnam
  • Nixon and Watergate

The origins and course of the First world War, 1905-18:

  • The alliance system and international rivalry, 1905–14
  • The growth of tension in Europe, 1905–14
  • The Schlieffen Plan and deadlock on the Western Front
  • The war at sea and Gallipoli
  • The defeat of Germany

Conflict, crisis and change- China C1900- C1989:

  • The fall of the Qing, Warlordism and chaos, 1900–34
  • The triumph of Mao and the CCP, 1934–49
  • Change under Mao, 1949–63
  • The Cultural Revolution and its impact, 1965–76
  • China, 1976–89

Specification code

IGCSE History Edexcel: 4HI1

There are two exams for this International GCSE, both of which are 1 hour 30 minutes long.

This course can also be taken under the awarding organisation Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)

Specification code

IGCSE History CIE: 0977

There are three exams for this International GCSE. Grades 9-1 are available.

Who is this course for?

A Distance Learning Course is the ideal way to gain a qualification without having the worry of trying to fit your studies around your everyday life. You can complete your studies in your own time and we are on hand seven days a week to help you plan your future.


You do not need any prior learning knowledge or experience to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone who wishes to take part in a highly rewarding home study course, although you would be expected to have a reasonable standard of literacy. You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor.

Career path

The combination of knowledge and skills in International GCSE History gives students a solid foundation for further study. Students who achieve grades 4 to 9 are well prepared to follow a wide range of courses including AS & A Level History.

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Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as ABC Awards and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.


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