History (0470)

The Cambridge IGCSE History syllabus looks at some of the major international issues of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as covering the history of particular regions in more depth. The emphasis is on both historical knowledge and on the skills required for historical research.

Learners 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 their studies. Cambridge IGCSE History will stimulate any learner already interested in the past, providing a basis for further study, and also encouraging a lifelong interest in the subject. Both coursework and non-coursework options are available.

List ot full syllabus: https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/Images/414141-2020-2022-syllabus.pdf

Key Benefits

Cambridge IGCSE History offers the opportunity to study world history from the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first century. It encourages learners to raise questions and to develop and deploy historical skills, knowledge and understanding in order to provide historical explanations. Learners will explore history from a diversity of perspectives, including social, economical, cultural and political, and are given the opportunity to:

  • develop an interest in and enthusiasm for learning about and understanding the past
  • explore historical concepts such as cause and consequence, change and continuity, and similarity and difference
  • appreciate historical evidence and how to use it
  • gain a greater understanding of international issues and inter-relationships
  • learn how to present clear, logical arguments.

Our programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.

Recognition and progression

The combination of knowledge and skills in Cambridge IGCSE History gives learners a solid foundation for further study. Candidates who achieve grades A* to C are well prepared to follow a wide range of courses including Cambridge International AS & A Level History.

Cambridge IGCSEs are accepted and valued by leading universities and employers around the world as evidence of academic achievement. Many universities require a combination of Cambridge International AS & A Levels and Cambridge IGCSEs or equivalent to meet their entry requirements.

UK NARIC, the national agency in the UK for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills, has carried out an independent benchmarking study of Cambridge IGCSE and found it to be comparable to the standard of GCSE in the UK. This means students can be confident that their Cambridge IGCSE qualifications are accepted as equivalent to UK GCSEs by leading universities worldwide.


The following are the preferred resources at Istanbul International School:

  • Cambridge IGCSE History 0470 Coursebook
  • Cambridge IGCSE History 0470 Workbook


Cambridge International Examinations

Candidates take:


Paper 1

Written paper – 40% (2 hours)

Candidates answer two questions from Section A (Core Content) and one question from Section B (Depth Studies)

All questions are in the form of structured essays, split into three parts: (a), (b) and (c)

Externally assessed


Paper 2

Written paper – 33% (2 hours)

Candidates answer six questions on one prescribed topic taken from the Core Content.

There is a range of source material relating to each prescribed topic. The prescribed topic changes in each examination session – see Section 4

Externally assessed


Paper 4

Alternative to Coursework – Written paper – 27% (1 hour)

Candidates answer one question on a Depth Study

Externally assessed

Early Years

Our programme is designed to encourage a balance of child initiated and teacher facilitated activities. The programme offers children a variety of choices. The environment includes art, dramatic play, maths, language work, enjoying books, art, music, water and sand play, science activities, and so on. Our goals include the encouragement of each child’s natural curiosity and interest in learning.

Primary School

Our School’s primary curriculum is built around the need to provide knowledge skills and understanding arranged by subject under three areas of study, environmental studies, life skills and the expressive arts. Our primary grades 1 – 4 are equivalent to Years 2 – 5 in the Cambridge Curriculum.

Middle School

The Middle School is an important bridging period between Primary School and High School. Our Middle School Grades 5 – 8 are equivalent to Years 6 – 9 in the Cambridge Curriculum.


Cambridge IGCSE™ is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds, although it can be taken by students of other ages. It is tried, tested and trusted. It is taught by over 4800 schools in 146 countries. The programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.

AS/ Level

The A Level syllabuses prepare learners for university study, which is why universities worldwide value and recognise Cambridge International AS & A Level qualifications.