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History IB at Bridgwater College

Course description

At both Standard and Higher level IB History is for students who wish to engage with the challenging, explorative study of history within an international context.

Course content

Standard & Higher level

Peacemaking, peacekeeping: international relations 1918-1935 including:

  • Causes, Practices and Effects of War; WWI, The Russian Civil War
  • Origins and development of authoritarian and single-party states, Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Mussolini and Peron
  • Nationalist and Independence movements in Africa and Asia, Indian and Algerian Independence
  • An historical investigation of the student's choice

Higher level only

  • European Diplomacy and WWI, 1870-1923
  • Imperial Russia and Revolutions, 1853-1924

Entry requirements

Six GCSEs at grade C or above in a broad range of subjects, including English, Mathematics and a Science, with Grade A*, A or B in subjects appropriate to Higher Level options. It is not essential to have taken History GCSE in order to study history at Standard or Higher level.


External Assessment

  • Paper 1 is a document-based exam. Standard level 30%, Higher level 20% of total marks
  • Paper 2 is an essay-based exam. Standard level 45%, Higher level 25% of total marks
  • Paper 3 (Higher level only) is an essay-based exam worth 35% of the total marks
Internal Assessment
  • The Historical Investigation is internally assessed and externally moderated. Standard level 25%, Higher level 20% of total marks.

Future opportunities

This course is an ideal preparation for the study of most university subjects but particularly History, Law, Politics, International Relations and American/European/Latin American studies. History provides skills that are relevant to most careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bridgwater College directly.

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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