IGCSE History


Cambridge International Examinations

Course code:



2 years

Aims of the course:

IGCSE History at The New School offers students the opportunity to study some of the major international issues of the 20th Century as well as looking in greater depth at the history of Russia 1905-1941.  The emphasis within the syllabus is as much on the development of historical skills and promotion of international understanding as on the acquisition of knowledge.

Levels available:

Grades ‘A*’ to ‘G’

Topics covered:

20th Century History – Core content

What was the impact of The Peace Treaties of 1919-1923?

To what extent was the League of Nations a Success?

Why had international peace collapsed by 1939?


Who was to blame for the Cold War?

How effectively did the USA contain the spread of Communism?

How secure was the USSR’s control of Eastern Europe between 1948 and 1989?

How effective has the United Nations Organisation been?

Depth Study: Russia 1905 – 1941

Why did the Tsarist Regime collapse in 1917?

How did the Bolsheviks gain power and how did they consolidate their rule?

How did Stalin gain and hold on to power?

What was the impact of Stalin’s policies?


By examination, at the end of the 2 year course.

Assessment details:

Assessment is in the form of three written examinations.  There is no coursework element.

Paper 1
2 hours
Choice of questions on the core content and the depth study

Paper 2
2 hours
Sources of evidence questions on a topic from the core content

Paper 4
1 hour
Questions on the depth study

Leads to:

AS, A2 and degree level history.

A clearer understanding of the world in which we live.

Any career that involves understanding people and/or research and investigation such as journalism, law, psychology, police work, public relations, politics, civil service, archaeology, film research and teaching.