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
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
Grade 5 at GCSE History
We will consider students who have not taken GCSE History but have a Grade 5 in English Literature
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,
Publishing, Civil Service.