What is International GCSE?

The International GCSEs are the most commonly studied curriculum around the world. They are based on the UK high school education system and are adapted for a global student base.

Students usually begin in Year 10 or 11 by sitting a minimum of 4-5 subjects. These subjects are structured as first introductions to the specific topic areas that they cover. In certain countries, students begin in Year 10 and sit 8-10 subjects over the course of two years.


The International GCSE classes course is suitable for students 14-15 years old. In some countries students divide studies over two years.


The IG courses can be taken as a full-time or part-time option along with other subjects. Students can also take a combination of levels at CGA.


Paper 1: 1 hour and 30 minutes for 60 marks externally assessed once a year Paper 2: 1 hour and 30 minutes for 60 marks externally assessed once a year

Basis of what you will learn in iGCSE History

The content features an updated and engaging selection of topics covering a diverse range of significant historical events, periods and geographies.

Students will develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in history; and of the wide diversity of human experience. They will also engage in historical enquiry to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers.


  • Museum Curator
  • Librarian
  • Editor
  • Anthropologist

Meet your educator

Andrew Karlsberg

Meet Andrew Karlsberg, our Head of Department for Social Sciences. Holding a BA in History with Sociology (Combined Honours) from Bath Spa University, Andrew has had 15 years of experience teaching History, Global Perspectives, and Geography in both New Zealand and Europe. With such a love for his field, Andrew looks forward to showing our CGA students the many opportunities that the social sciences offer!

Andrew Karlsberg


A class of diverse, international students and a community of like-minded peers.


A 24/7 global timetable to suit multiple timezones worldwide.


Top-tier teachers selected for engagement, inspiration and results.

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