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History IB Higher Level at Parkside Sixth

Course description

Not only is History a fascinating subject, but the skills you will learn as a historian will make you an impressive candidate for a wide range of jobs and degree courses, from law to medicine. IB History is a rigorous and exciting course. Students will be encouraged to think for themselves, to see subjects from different perspectives, and to see the relevance of what they study to the modern world.

Course content

We will choose topics which are interesting, thought-provoking, and relevant to the modern world. You will study a range of subjects from British, European and World History. You will get to know many areas of History, from Politics to Society, from Art and Culture to Wars and Warfare. 

The Modern World

Topics may include

the Russian Revolution

the Arab-Israeli Conflict

the rise of single party states

the Cold War


You will also undertake an individual assignment where you will have an almost completely free choice of topic from any period of History.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above, including English and Maths.

IB students take six subjects in total which consists of three subjects at Higher level and three at Standard level. 
For Higher level subjects, you should have GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade B or above in those subjects or related ones. We recommend Higher level Maths, Chemistry and Physics only for those with a grade A or above in GCSE Maths and Science. 

Further information about entry requirements can be found in our  prospectus or on the website. Students also have timetabled sessions for Theory of Knowledge.

If you are applying for the International Baccalaureate, you need to choose six subjects, from a range of different subject areas. For information can be found in our prospectus.

A paper copy of the prospectus can be obtained by phoning the Sixth Form Administrator on 01223 712600.


The final mark is made up of both exams and coursework. The exam papers are all taken at the end of the course.

Standard and higher level students:

  • Paper 1 : source-based paper exploring a topic in depth
  • Paper 2 : essays exploring topics in overview
  • Coursework : an individual assignment (max 2000 words) on any historical topic of your choice.

Higher level only:

  • Paper 3 : a rigorous in depth essay paper on aspects of British, European and World History.

Future opportunities

Many History students choose to take a History degree, and the IB History course is excellent preparation for this. However, students who study History in the sixth form find it offers support for a huge range of degree-level subjects, from English to Physics.


Both courses will offer excellent preparation for university study in History, but you may like to consider that university admissions tutors are often especially impressed when they encounter students who studied topics outside of the C20th for the their sixth form studies.


In terms of job prospects, historians can be found a wide number of professions, including politics, journalism, the Law, finance, management and marketing.

Further information

How will I study?

You will have access to excellent resources in our sixth form library, and subject tutors will advise you on the appropriate material. You will undertake independent study, but also have access to plenty of high-quality study support from subject tutors. Seminars will be challenging and dynamic, with plenty of opportunities for you to discuss and develop your ideas.


What extra-curricular activities will there be?

  • A history society, with outside speakers, debates and virtual discussions with IB students from around the world.
  • Visits in Cambridge and the UK, to listen to talks and to see relevant historical sites
  • We hope to organise a foreign trip to a country you are studying .

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 October 2017
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