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History International Baccalaureate group 3 subject at Dane Court Grammar School

Course description

We live in an increasingly globalised world and events in a completely different region will impact upon our lives significantly. As world citizens we need to be informed and unprejudiced. History at Dane Court aims to provide students with a broad knowledge and understanding of what happened in the 20th century. Studying events in some or all of the following countries: South Africa, the USA, Russia, China, Germany, Italy, Spain and Britain. Students will be encouraged to think in a global context, rather than seeing history from a solely Euro-centric viewpoint. They will be challenged to examine a variety of attitudes and perspectives to understand how cultural and geopolitical factors impact upon historical enquiry. Study of GCSE history is not absolutely essential, but will be of great benefit to students who take this course. The most important quality you can bring to lessons is an open, enquiring mind. 

Course content

Paper 1: Rights and protest  (Higher level and Standard level):

Case study 1 — The civil rights movement in the USA 1954-65 (Ku Klux Klan; Martin Luther King; Malcolm X; Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act). 

Case study 2 — Apartheid South Africa 1948-64 (Apartheid; protests; Nelson Mandela and Albert Luthuli).


Paper 2: World history topics  (Higher level and Standard level):

Topic 10 — Authoritarian states (20th Century)

Topics will include Hitler and Lenin/Stalin in Europe, Mao in China.

Topic 12 — The Cold war

This will examine the origins, developments and end of the Cold war, including crises such as the Cuban missile crisis and leaders such as Reagan and Gorbachev.


Historical investigation  (Higher level and Standard level)

An essay (max 2,200 words) on a topic of the student's choice. This is a great opportunity for students to explore an area that they find interesting, either from within the syllabus or from outside of it.


Paper 3: Aspects of the history of Europe  (HIgher level only)

Topic 12 — Imperial Russia, revolutions and the emergence of the Soviet state 1855-1924

This will allow students to understand the context within which a communist revolution altered the course of Russian history, and will afford one half of the study of an area across over a century.

Topic 14 — European states in the inter-war years 1918-1939

This will complement topic 3 on paper 2 and will involve fascinating events like the Spanish civil war, the regime of Mussolini in Italy and Britain 1918-39.

Topic 9 - The USSR and post-Soviet Russia 1924-2000

This will complete the picture for Russian history and will also complement the work done for paper 2. 

Entry requirements

General entry requirements:

International Baccalaureate Diploma:  6 B and 2 C grades, or equivalent, at GCSE

International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme:  3 B and 2 C grades, or equivalent, at GCSE


All students do Papers 1 and 2 and the historical investigation.  To achieve the higher level, students will also take Paper 3:

  • Paper 1— Source analysis — Four short-answer/ structured questions. 1 hr. 
  • Paper 2 - Two essays from a choice. 1 hr 30 mins.
  • Historical Investigation — on the student's choice, internally assessed and externally moderated. 
  • Paper 3 — Three essays from a choice. 2 hrs 30 mins.

Further information

This course is offered as part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme, or as part of the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma

The IB Diploma is made up of six subject groups together with a core comprising of three parts. 

Students study six subjects selected from the subject groups.  Three of these subjects are studied at higher level and the remaining three subjects are studied at standard level.  Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5.  However, instead of a group 6 subject, a candidate may select an additional subject from groups 2 to 4.

The three core requirements are the extended essay, theory of knowledge, and creativity, action, service.

The International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme

The IB Career-Related Programme aims to provide a curriculum for students that will equip them for further education and also the world of work.  It combines the academic rigour and principles of the IB with well-established vocational qualifications and a unique ‘core’ course.

The IB Career-Related Programme is made up of:

A vocational course worth 2 A levels

Two IB subjects at standard level

A ‘core’ comprising:

·         Approaches to Learning

·         Reflective Project

·         Community in service

·         Basic language skills

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: 07 November 2017
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