History IB Standard Level at Parkside Sixth
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.
The final mark is made up of both exams and coursework. The exam papers are all taken at the end of the course.
Standard and higher level students:
- Paper 1 : source-based paper exploring a topic in depth
- Paper 2 : essays exploring topics in overview
- Coursework : an individual assignment (max 2000 words) on any historical topic of your choice.
Higher level only:
- Paper 3 : a rigorous in depth essay paper on aspects of British, European and World History.
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.
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.