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History IB Standard Level at Parkside Sixth

Course description

Not only is History a fascinating subject, but the skills you will learn as a historian will make you an impressive candidate for a wide range of jobs and degree courses, from law to medicine. IB History is a rigorous and exciting course. Students will be encouraged to think for themselves, to see subjects from different perspectives, and to see the relevance of what they study to the modern world.

Course content

What will I study? You will study a range of subjects
from British, European and World History, Politics and
Society, Art and Culture and Wars and Warfare.
20th Century World History. Topics will include:
• Imperial Russia in Revolution and the Soviet
Union and post-Soviet Russia (1924–2000)
• The interwar years: The Move to Global War,
• The rise of Authoritarian and Single Party
states such as China under Mao and
Mussolini’s Fascist Italy
• The Cold War; superpower tensions and

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above, including English and Maths.
IB students take six subjects in total which consists of three subjects at Higher level and three at Standard level. 
For Higher level subjects, you should have GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade B or above in those subjects or related ones. We recommend Higher level Maths, Chemistry and Physics only for those with a grade A or above in GCSE Maths and Science. 
Further information about entry requirements can be found in our  prospectus or on the website. Students also have timetabled sessions for Theory of Knowledge.
If you are applying for the International Baccalaureate, you need to choose six subjects, from a range of different subject areas. For information can be found in our prospectus.
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How will I be assessed? Standard and Higher Level
Paper 1: Source-based paper exploring a topic in
Paper 2: Essays exploring topics in overview.
Paper 3: In-depth essay paper on aspects of British,
European and World History.
Coursework: An individual assignment (max 2000
words) on any historical topic of your choice. Higher
Level only.

Future opportunities

Many History students choose to take a History degree, and the IB History course is excellent preparation for this. However, students who study History in the sixth form find it offers support for a huge range of degree-level subjects, from English to Physics.


Both courses will offer excellent preparation for university study in History, but you may like to consider that university admissions tutors are often especially impressed when they encounter students who studied topics outside of the C20th for the their sixth form studies.


In terms of job prospects, historians can be found a wide number of professions, including politics, journalism, the Law, finance, management and marketing.

Further information

How will I study?

You will have access to excellent resources in our sixth form library, and subject tutors will advise you on the appropriate material. You will undertake independent study, but also have access to plenty of high-quality study support from subject tutors. Seminars will be challenging and dynamic, with plenty of opportunities for you to discuss and develop your ideas.


What extra-curricular activities will there be?

  • A history society, with outside speakers, debates and virtual discussions with IB students from around the world.
  • Visits in Cambridge and the UK, to listen to talks and to see relevant historical sites
  • We hope to organise a foreign trip to a country you are studying .

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2018
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