GCSE History

You had a broad sweep of History at Key Stage 3. However, GCSE History, or IGCSE History, is the real starting point for future History study. The difference between GCSE and IGCSE is that you don’t have to study any British History at IGCSE. This is good news for students studying outside the UK.


The main aim of GCSE History is the extension of students’ knowledge and understanding of local, British and world history. Yet it goes further in order to gently prepare you for study at a higher level.



You engage in historical enquiry to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers. This is essential for study at either A Level, IB or undergraduate level History. You develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context. Furthermore, you acquire an awareness of why people, events and developments have been considered historically significant. Moreover, you analyse how and why different interpretations have been constructed. Lastly, you learn to organise and communicate historical knowledge and understanding in different ways and reach substantiated conclusions.


The balance of knowledge and skills learnt at GCSE prepares you for study at A Level or IB.


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