Monmouth School for Girls historyThe department aims to make history come alive in the minds of the girls and give them a rich historical education that will help to achieve examination success, lead to further study and above all be enjoyable. Our enthusiasm for the subject we teach means that history lessons at Monmouth School for Girls stimulate discussion across a range of topics that make the girls aware of their heritage on local, national and global levels. This helps to develop their awareness of citizenship through the study of moral, economic and environmental events that are scattered throughout the past.

Years 7-9

We believe that history in Years 7-9 should develop the girls’ historical skills, literacy, numeracy, ICT and confidence. Indeed, we start developing the skills needed for IGCSE from the first week of Year 7. We use a variety of teaching strategies and techniques that gives all girls the opportunity to study history with enjoyment and a sense of achievement. At this stage we want history to be fun and motivate the girls to want to study the subject at IGCSE and A level.

Overview of study areas/themes:

Year 7

  1. Where did power lie in Medieval England and Wales?
  2. Intimate strangers: Wales and England – Gerald of Wales to Devolution

Year 8

  1. What was the English Civil War?
  2. Slavery and the Age of Empire

Year 9 (IGCSE)

  1. World War One
  2. China c.1934-1989


Qualification: IGCSE History, Exam board: Edexcel, Course Code: 4H10

There are four taught units which will be examined in two single-tier, one-and-a-half hour examinations:

  1. The Development of Dictatorship: Germany 1918-45
  2. A World Divided: Superpower Relations 1945-1962
  3. The USA, 1917-1929
  4. International Organisations: The League and UN, 1919-2000

Why History?

If you decide to study IGCSE history you will practice analytical and judgemental skills and be encouraged to think about your subject critically and independently. Your communication skills will improve through written work, presentations, ICT, discussion, debating and drama. Whatever your career ambitions or plans for future study, history will give you the vital skills.

A Level

Course information: A level History, Exam board: AQA

Year 12

Britain, 1483-1529 (code: HIS1B)

The unit explores the transition of England from a relatively poor, fractured, medieval monarchy at the end of the Wars of the Roses; to a wealthy, united and ambitious state by 1529AD.

Anti-Semitism, Hitler and the German People, 1919-1945 (code: HIS2N)

This unit explores the motivations behind the genocide and tries to give students a greater understanding of anti-Semitism in the first half of the Twentieth Century. 

Year 13 

The Making of Modern Britain, 1951–2007 (Code: HIS3M) 30% A2 Level

The unit covers the economic, political and social development of Britain from the days of rationing and mass immigration to the verge of the credit crunch and the effects of the War on Terror.

History Enquiry   (Code: HIS4X) 20% A2 Level

All candidates must undertake a piece of coursework of around 3,500 words in length. This constitutes 20 per cent of their overall A level mark. It is internally marked and externally moderated.

 The Rise and Fall of Slavery – c. 1619 – 1865

Candidates will study slavery in America over the period of 200 years, until its abolition in 1865.