Edexcel History (4HI1)

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Edexcel's History specification with code 4HI1 is part of the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) program, which is typically undertaken by students in the UK aged 14 to 16.
This course is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of historical events, themes, and developments. It aims to develop critical thinking, analytical, and research skills while fostering an appreciation for historical perspectives. The course usually covers a range of topics, and students are assessed through written examinations.

Join this course to gain a comprehensive understanding of historical events, foster critical thinking skills, and develop cultural awareness, providing a foundation for further studies and enriching their intellectual and academic experience.

Official Course Page

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Pearson Edexcel International GCSE in History (4HI1)

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What Will I Learn?

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of historical periods
  • Develop skills to explain, analyse and make judgements about historical events and periods studied, using second-order historical concepts.
  • Learn how to use a range of source material to comprehend, interpret and cross-reference sources
  • Develop skills to analyse and evaluate historical interpretations in the context of historical events studied.
  • Mastery of core curriculum topics
  • Unique question-specific strategies
  • Exam techniques practiced through extensive question practice and personalised feedback
  • An applied understanding and appreciation of the subject beyond the syllabus
  • Lifelong subject and interdisciplinary skills

Topics for this course

The French Revolution, c1780–99

Development of a nation: unification of Italy, 1848–70

Germany: development of dictatorship, 1918–45

Colonial rule and the nationalist challenge in India, 1919–47

Dictatorship and conflict in the USSR, 1924–53

A world divided: superpower relations, 1943–72

A divided union: civil rights in the USA, 1945–74

South Africa: from union to the end of apartheid, 1948–94.

The origins and course of the First World War, 1905–18

Russia and the Soviet Union, 1905–24

The USA, 1918–41

The Vietnam Conflict, 1945–75

East Germany, 1958–90.

America: from new nation to divided union, 1783–1877

Changes in medicine, c1848–c1948

Japan in transformation, 1853–1945

China: conflict, crisis and change, 1900–89

The changing role of international organisations: the league and the UN, 1919–c2011

The changing nature of warfare and international conflict, 1919–2011

The Middle East: conflict, crisis and change, 1917–2012

Diversity, rights and equality in Britain, 1914–2010.

Target Audience

  • Students between grades 9-10 who are interested in studying and pursuing their studies in history.

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