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Cambridge IGCSE History looks at some of the major international issues of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and covers the history of particular regions and events in more depth.
Coursework and non-coursework options are available.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
We have updated Cambridge IGCSE History to ensure that the content continues to reflect the interests of our schools. Some content has been amended and introduced to improve the international focus and some content has been removed. The assessment has been refreshed to make it clearer and more accessible for both teachers and learners.
The 2023 syllabus (previously for 2023-2025) is now for examination in 2023 only. The updated syllabus is for examination from March 2024 onwards.
We communicated this to schools in March 2022.
For full details of the changes, please see the 2024-2026 syllabus above.
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Cambridge IGCSE™ and O Level History Option B: the 20th Century 3rd Edition
Encourage your students’ curiosity for the past with our new series. Includes source analysis guidance, revision tips, essay-writing support and more alongside five depth studies, including WW1 and WW2.
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Cambridge IGCSE and O Level History Option B: The 20th Century (Third edition) (Hodder Education)
Rely on author Ben Walsh's bestselling approach to navigate through the syllabus content and help students acquire the skills they need.
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