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IBDP History at Broadgreen International School

Course description

History is about people, which is what life is about. As an individual it is important to understand the world in which we live. IB History is a challenging course designed to investigate the major themes in social evolution in the early 20th Century. The objectives of the course are to prepare for the Internal and External Assessments for the IB Programme, but in the process it will focus on improving skills in critical reading, writing, document interpretation, and gathering a broad base of historical knowledge.

Course content

Brief outline of the course structure:

Unit 1: Tsarist Russia 1855-1917

Unit 2: The First World War

Unit 3: Lenin’s Russia

Unit 4: The Spanish Civil War

Unit 5: Mussolini’s Italy

Unit 6: Germany 1919-1945

Unit 7: World War II

Unit 8: Mao’s China

Unit 9: Internal Assessment

Historical Investigation:

Students create, research and answer their own investigation question

Entry requirements

Grades A*-C in at least 6 GCSE subjects. Of these, English and Maths must be at Grade C or above. As well as an academic requirement, we expect you to demonstrate an interest in world events and a commitment to making a difference in your community. World citizenship is at the heart of the IB philosophy and we will be discussing your interests, experiences and aspirations at your interview.

No previous qualification in History required but an interest in this subject.


Course Content and Assessment:

Higher Level:

External Assessment 80%

Paper 3 : 2½ hours 35%

Paper 2 : 1½ hours 25%

An essay paper based on the 20th century world history topics. The examination paper contains questions on the Causes, Practices and Effects of Wars and Authoritarian and Totalitarian States. Two questions to be answered, one from each topic.The maximum mark for each question is 20. The maximum mark for the paper is 40

Paper 1 : 1 hour 20%

A document-based paper set on prescribed subjects drawn from the 20th Century world history topics. Four questions on prescribed subject 1- The Move to Global War. All four questions from the section to be answered. The maximum mark for the paper is 25. Internal Assessment 20% Candidates must undertake a historical investigation. Internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated.

Standard Level:

External Assessment 75%

Written papers 2 ½ hours

Paper 1 : 1 hour 30%

Paper 2 : 1½ hours 45%

Internal Assessment 25%

Candidates must undertake a historical investigation. Internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare you for?

This will prepare you for a range of careers; from accountant and army officer to analyst and author; lawyer or researcher, to presenter or travel agent; DJs and directors in TV and film to doctors and social workers! The opportunities opened up by a qualification in history are excellent because of the skills that you develop and refine during the course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Broadgreen International School directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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