History International GCSE

Due to ongoing reforms, the final opportunity to sit exams for this specification is Summer 2018. Our new course for 2019 exams onwards will be available from Autumn 2017.

Due to the short amount of time left until the Summer 2018 exam session, we advise students to reconsider moving their exam intention to Summer 2019 and enrolling on our new course. If you do decide to go ahead with 2018 exams, the deadline for enrolling is 31st December and we strongly recommend adding our Fast Track service to your enrolment. After this final date you would need to enrol on our new course.

Our home study History IGCSE has been written by experts to perfectly prepare you for the Edexcel exam. Covering topics such as the changes in Germany that led to the outbreak of the Second World War and the bloody history of Russia’s 20th century revolutions, as well as the way warfare has changed in the years since, this compelling distance learning IGCSE provides you with a fascinating insight into some of the most significant events to occur in modern history. As well as teaching you about events and processes that shaped the last 100 years, this course will provide you with excellent analytical and essay-writing skills, and is essential for anyone wishing to study history at a higher level. Full details of the course can be found below.

Would you prefer to pay for your course by instalments? Please see the ‘How to enrol’ section below for details of our low cost, interest free finance available.



Entry requirements

No previous knowledge is required for this course.


This course follows specification 4HI0 from the awarding organisation Edexcel. Full details of the specification can be obtained from Edexcel's website.

Hours of study

As a guideline, you should allow for between 120 and 150 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period up until the final exam opportunity in Summer 2018.

Exams and assessment

Two exams:

  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of marks

Non-exam assessment (NEA):

  • None

All exams must be taken in the same session.
At the time of writing, please note that due to upcoming changes the final opportunity to sit exams for this course is Summer 2018.

NEC's tutor-marked assignments:

  • 1 introductory assignment
  • 16 assignments


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How to enrol

How to enrol
There are several ways to enrol with NEC:

  • Click the ‘Enrol now’ button above
  • Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team
  • Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.

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Module 1: Introductory skills

  • Skills in history
  • Considering the question
  • Extended writing style questions

Module 2: Russia in revolution, 1914–24

  • Russia before 1914
  • The end of Tsardom
  • The Bolshevik Revolution
  • Lenin and establishing communist rule
  • Economic changes, 1918–24

Module 3: Russia: dictatorship and conflict, 1924–53

  • Stalin's rise to power
  • Stalin's dictatorship
  • Economic change under Stalin
  • The Soviet Union, 1941–53

Module 4: Development of dictatorship: Germany 1918–45

  • Germany in 1918
  • Early problems of the Weimar Republic, 1919–22
  • The events of 1923
  • The recovery of the Republic
  • The growth of the Nazi Party
  • The Nazi breakthrough
  • Nazi consolidation of power
  • The main features of the Nazi dictatorship
  • Nazi policies and their effects
  • Racial policies and the Second World War

Module 5: The changing nature of warfare, c.1936–c.2003

  • Changing methods of warfare, 1914–18
  • Changing methods of land warfare, 1939–c.2003
  • Changing methods of sea warfare, 1939–c.2003
  • Changing methods of air warfare, 1939–c.2003
  • The development of atomic and nuclear weapons
  • Warfare at the end of the twentieth century
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