New IGCSE course to be offered from September 2012

The Department is excited to announce that, beginning with girls currently in the Upper Fourth, we will offer a new International GCSE (IGCSE) course in the Lower and Upper Fifth from September 2012 onwards. Girls opting for History at this level will study the following twentieth-century topics:

  • Development of Dictatorship: Germany, 1918-45
  • A World Divided: Superpower Relations, 1945-62
  • Colonial Rule and the Nationalist Challenge in India, 1919-47
  • Conflict, Crisis and Change: China, c.1911-c.1989

Thus, the popular Germany topic from the current GCSE course will be retained and complemented by new topics covering the early Cold War and also the emergence of modern China and India, two countries increasingly influential in twenty-first century international politics and the global economy. We hope that girls will find these new elements of the IGCSE course particularly interesting and relevant.

Full details of the course can be viewed on pages 13-14 of the recently updated Upper Fourth Options Choices booklet. Mr Hammel will speak to each of the Upper Fourth forms about the new course in the first two weeks of the Spring Term and will also be available to discuss IGCSE History as an option with parents during the Upper Fourth At Home in January.