History (Higher & Standard) International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme at Notley High School and Braintree sixth form
This course will focus on twentieth century European and world history, specifically early twentieth century international relations, the two world wars, and communist Russia. Its aim will be to see how the world that we live in today developed during the twentieth century, with a specific focus on the role of dictators and warfare.
Topics include the causes, practices and effects of wars in the 20th century, international relations 1919-1936 and the origins and development of authoritarian and single party states. At Higher Level students additionally study more detailed aspects of the history of Europe and the Middle East, including the causes of the two world wars and the history of Russia from 1924-2000.
What is an IB Diploma?
Students on the IB Diploma study six subjects, and follow three core development programmes. The six subjects must be chosen from carefully defined groups of subjects so that students will all include English, Maths, a second language, a science and a humanity amongst their studies.
The nine parts of the diploma (6 subjects + 3 core development programmes) are as follows:
Subject 1: the main fluent language
Subject 2: a second language which can be studied at a more advanced level (language B) or at a beginner’s level
Subject 3: a subject from the Individuals and Societies group of subjects. This is broadly humanities
Subject 4: a science subject. This includes both traditional separate sciences as well as a combined science and geography course (Environmental Systems)
Subject 5: a Maths subject
Subject 6: an arts subject or a second subject from one of the other 5 groups of subjects
Core 1: an extended essay of 4000 words which students write on a topic of their own choice
Core 2: a ToK (Theory of Knowledge) course which involves learning about the nature of knowledge and its limitations
Core 3: CAS (Creativity, Action, Service). This is a personal development programme which students follow, typically for an afternoon a week over the two year course. Students must involve themselves in activities which develop their creativity, their active involvement and their community service
GCSE grade C in a Humanities subject is required.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Notley High School and Braintree sixth form directly.