This subject is part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme.
It focuses on modern history with a diverse range of topics investigating themes of international relations, war and peace, revolutions, dictatorship and independence movements. At either level students develop highly transferable skills such as the ability to research complex material, analyse sources and produce well-argued extended writing. HL study is an excellent preparation for history, law, politics and international relations at university and SL study provides a highly respected addition to all university applications. It is not essential to have taken GCSE history.
You will be assessed through written examinations and assignments.
This course is an ideal preparation for the study of most university subjects but particularly history, law, politics, international relations and American/European/Latin American studies. History provides skills that are relevant to most careers.
It is not essential to have taken history GCSE in order to study history at Standard or Higher Level. You need at least six GCSEs in the 6 to 9 range in a breadth of subjects including English, Maths and Science, and we recommend you have grades 9 to 7 in the subjects you wish to study at Higher Level.