Group Three IB History HL Level 3 at Dartford Grammar School
Higher Level: The Standard Level Course on Twentieth Century World History, and, in addition, Aspects of the history of Europe and the Middle East 1815-1924 focusing on three topics: Unification and consolidation of Germany and Italy 1815-90; Imperial Russia, revolutions and emergence of Soviet State 1853-1924; European diplomacy and the First World War 1870-1923. In addition, all students complete one piece of written coursework.
Students will normally be expected to achieve at least 3 A grades and 4 B grades at GCSE. They will be required to have A grades in the subjects they are going to study at Higher Level (A* grade in Mathematics). In the case of a subject not studied at GCSE, a grade A will be required in a related subject.
1 hour source-based written paper. Four questions to be answered. Worth 20% of the final level.
1 hour source-based written paper. Four questions to be answered. Worth 30% of the final level.
1.5 hour written paper. Two essay questions to be answered. Worth 25% of the final level.
1.5 hour written paper. Two essay questions to be answered. Worth 45% of the final level.
2.5 hours. Three essay questions to be answered. Worth 35% of the final level.
One piece of coursework of 1500-2000 words. Worth 20% of the final level.
One piece of coursework of 1500-2000 words. Worth 25% of the final level.
* Papers 1 and 2 are common papers to both Standard and Higher Level.
Where will it lead?
The wide variety of transferable skills are much sought after by employers; many business leaders studied History at university. The study of history leads to the university study of, for example, Law, Journalism, Education, Management and Politics.
What skills will you gain?
Students of History will learn to analyse complex events and to understand them. They will learn not only what happened but how and why it happened and will be taught to read evidence critically, learning how to identify significant facts and issues from the mass of details. Through written work students will be able to develop clarity and persuasiveness in communication. They will be encouraged to play an active part in discussion, to research topics and present their findings.
Why study this subject?
‘History combines the excitement of exploration and discovery with the sense of reward born of successfully confronting and making sense of complex and challenging problems.’ [Professor Frank Luttmer, 1996]
Gathering up facts about the past is quite easy but making sense of them is more of a challenge. History is about people, students of this subject learn to understand what has shaped the time we live in. While learning about the past students will acquire a range of useful and valuable analytical skills, the ability to identify what is important in a complex situation and to distinguish reasoned argument from prejudice and propaganda. The coursework element is an important opportunity to develop research skills that will be useful both at university and in employment.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dartford Grammar School directly.