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Course Duration
2 Years

Entry Criteria
Grade 5 in history
Grade 5 in English (language or literature)

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Why study IBCP History?

What will I study during the course duration?

Unit 1: The prescribed unit looks at a key theme within History, allowing students to study world history based on a comparative, multi-perspective approach to history and focused around key historical concepts such as change, causation and significance. This will look at Rights and Protest, focusing on US Civil Rights and protests against South African Apartheid.

Unit 2 and 3: These two sections will look at two different periods from world history, requiring students to study and compare examples from different regions of the world, helping to foster international mindedness. This could include; societies in transition, colonisation, industrialisation or authoritarian states.

Unit 4: The depth study will encourage students to enquire into the political, social, economic and cultural history of one continent. In this unit we will look at a range of time periods and the developments within Europe. This could include; The Renaissance, Imperial Russia and the establishment of the Soviet Union, The French Revolution and Napoleon, Europe and World War I, The Reformation of the Catholic Church or inter war domestic developments.

How will I be assessed?

Higher Level IB History is a 2 year course which consists of 4 units of study and an internal assessment (coursework) element. The units of study form the basis of 3 examinations worth 80% of the final grade and the internal assessment accounts for 20% of the final grade. 

Career opportunities and Future study

Studying History puts students in an ideal position to advance their future career prospects as they will develop many key transferable skills that are very attractive to employers these include:

  • Researching skills: Students will be required to investigate key details from our past and through these investigations discover what ‘truth’ really means and thus develop the ability to be able to recognise myth and propaganda from fact.
  • Problem Solving and Critical Thinking skills: Students will have to break down complex arguments and investigate causes and consequences. To achieve this Understanding how and why people interact and act in certain situations is key. Students will learn what motivates people to act in a certain way 
  • Communication skills: developed not only through debates and presentations but also through academic analytical essays. Students will develop how to construct substantive arguments and counter arguments to promote their views.
  • Global Context: so many of today’s conflicts and alliances have their roots in the past; how can you negotiate with, trade successfully with, or report on a country if you know nothing of its history

While these skills are transferable to a number of jobs there are some specific jobs that link more directly with these:

  • Law
  • Archaeology
  • Curator
  • Journalism
  • Historian
  • Teaching