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International Baccalaureate - History - Higher & Standard Level at The Rochester Grammar School

Course description

History is particularly important in the modern world where different cultures and traditions have to understand one another. History is concerned with individuals and societies in the widest context: political, social, economic, religious, technological and cultural. The aims of the History programme at both higher and standard level are to promote the acquisition and understanding of historical knowledge in breadth and in depth across different cultures; and to achieve a better understanding of the present through an understanding of the past.


Course content

Unit 1 – Civil Rights
- You will examine the struggle for civil rights in two states - the USA and South Africa.

Unit 2 - 20th Century World History
- The Rise & Rule of Single Party States – Hitler’s Germany, Castro's Cuba and Mao’s China.
- The Cold War from 1945 – 1995.

Personal investigation:
You will also carry out an historical investigation on a topic of your own choice.  This offers a broad range of possibilities, such as local fieldwork, an investigation based on interpreting a novel or film or an enquiry into an historical topic or theme using a variety of sources.

Higher level
- In addition you will investigate Russia and Eastern Europe between 1855 and 2000, examining the impact of Communism and Autocracy.

Entry requirements

History GCSE grade 6. If not studied, Grade 6 in English Literature or Language and a Grade 6 / B in any Humanity is required to study this course.


In order to gain access to The RGS Sixth Form, students must obtain 5 GCSE grades at 9-6 (A*-B) including English Language and Mathematics.


Internal Assessment:
Personal investigation - in-depth study of up to 3000 words.

External Examinations:
Paper 1:

A document-based paper set on prescribed subjects drawn from the twentieth century world history topics. (1 hour)

Paper 2:
An essay paper based on the twentieth century world history topics. (1.5 hours)

Paper 3:
An essay paper based on the regional option: Europe. (2.5 hours)

Future opportunities

You should be able to: demonstrate historical understanding through the acquisition, selection and effective use of knowledge; present clear, concise, relevant and well-substantiated arguments; evaluate, interpret and use source material critically as historical evidence; identify and evaluate different approaches to, and interpretations of, historical events and topics; explain the causes and effects of historical continuity and change.  This is ideal preparation for any higher education course which requires these analytical skills especially humanities, social science and law.

Further information

'The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.'

IB learners are:

- Enquirers
- Knowledgeable
- Risk-takers
- Thinkers
- Good communicators
- Principled
- Open-minded
- Reflective

The ideal IB student will also have acquired a sense of caring and compassion, and will recognise the importance of a balance between his/her intellectual, physical and emotional needs.

If you require any further information please contact Miss Hemming at The Rochester Grammar School.

If you wish to study at The Rochester Grammar School, please apply directly to the school. 


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Rochester Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 12 December 2018
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