IB History Diploma: Higher Level (Block D)

History, Philosophy and Theology

History, Philosophy and Theology
History, Philosophy and Theology

What will you be working towards?

Code HISIB01
Qualification Type International Baccalaureate Diploma
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The IB History Diploma is

designed for a dynamic, contested and evidence based

engagement into the past. It is a course which fosters a sense of inquiry developing an understanding of the past,

leading to a deeper

understanding of the nature of humans and of the world today.

The student will have a passion for history and investigation. The IB is not just limited to students who have taken History at GCSE.


- The study of one prescribed subject from a choice of five: Rights and Protest – the struggles for rights and freedoms in the mid-20th century.

- The study of two world history topics from a choice of twelve: Causes and Effects of Wars (750 – 1500) ; Authoritarian States (20th Century)

- The study of three sections from one HL regional option: History of the Americas – Slavery and the New World (1500-1800) ; US Civil War: causes, course and effects (1840-1877) ; The Great Depression and the Americas (mid 1920s-1939)

- A historical investigation: Choice of Historical Topic

How will it be delivered?

Paper 1: A source-based paper set on the prescribed subjects

Paper 2: An essay paper based on the world history topics

Paper 3: An essay paper on one of the four HL regional options

Internal assessment (IA): A historical investigation

Entry requirements

Grade 5 at GCSE History
We will consider students who have not taken GCSE History but have a Grade 5 in English Literature

Your next steps...

History is a facilitating subjects and so universities welcome students who have an IB History on most courses. A Qualification in History doesn’t limit you to a career using History although there are many of these. Other opportunities include: Law, Journalism, Broadcasting, Teaching, Police, Banking,

Accountancy, Nursing,

Publishing, Civil Service.