History (IB Higher & Standard Level) at Bexley Grammar School
If you decide to study History in the Group 3 component of the International Baccalaureate on Individuals and Societies the syllabus offered for both Standard and Higher Level provides an opportunity to study in greater depth aspects introduced for GCSE Modern World History. The main focus is on 20th century American History.
Those students who are studying History to Standard Level complete Units 1 to 3 over three lessons in the two year period of the course while those studying to Higher Level complete Unit 4 in addition to the Standard Level units. The teaching for these takes place in the extra two lessons per week devoted to the subject.
In deciding on a topic for the Historical Investigation students need to focus upon historical controversies which have arisen and where there is a clear debate between differing historians with regard to an aspect of the past. This is essential as it will enable them to develop their own original arguments in terms of the issue under consideration.
The Standard and Higher Level options offered by the History and Politics Department are:
STANDARD LEVEL Unit 1: Rights and Protest
Unit 2: Origins and Development of Authoritarian and Single Party States
Unit 3: The Nature of the Cold War
Unit 4i :Political Developments in the Americas after the Second World War 1945 to 1979
In addition to the examination papers for Units 1 to 4, students whether they are studying History for Standard Level or Higher Level have to complete a 1,500 to 2,000 word Historical Investigation on a topic related to their studies with reference being made to a range of historical sources.
The entry requirements for the History component of the International Baccalaureate are the same as those for History at A level (minimum Grade B).Over the duration of the two year course students will be expected to work independently and for this reason there is a need for them to be organised and motivated. The ability to think clearly, analyse information and argue in a coherent manner are essential prerequisites to be successful in History.
Studying History provides students with the confidence to articulate their views. Such skills are highly valued by a number of employers. Students who have studied History in recent years have embarked on careers in the legal profession, journalism, business and management.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bexley Grammar School directly.