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IB History Tuition

IB subjects can seem daunting in their differences to national curricula. Find out more about them and how they're assessed below.

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History

'The DP history course is a world history course based on a comparative and multi-perspective approach to history. It involves the study of a variety of types of history, including political, economic, social and cultural, and provides a balance of structure and flexibility.' (IBO Subject Brief)

May 2021 Examination Changes

The IBO has announced significant changes to the assessment methods for the May 2021 Examination period. Almost all subjects have seen the weighting of certain papers amended, the length of exams reduced, and many have seen entier assessment components removed.

History Examination Changes for May 2021

Paper 2 amended - Students answer one question (instead of 2). Still weighs 45% (at SL, 25% at HL).
Paper 3 (HL) amended - Students answer two questions (instead of 3). Still weighs 35.

Read our May 2021 Exam Changes Report
Our 'May 2021 Examinations Report' goes into detail into all the changes the IBO have announced for every IB subject, as well as how to to respond and work with educators to minimise disruption as much as possible.
'May 2021 Examination Changes' Report ↗
Read more about History

History doesn't just teach students about the past, but also the importance of balance, how to interrogate and analyse information, and how to arrive at fair, reasoned conclusions. Alongside the IBO's focus on international-mindedness, History students graduate the IB better prepared to navigate a world of differing perspectives and equipped to break down the barriers of race, religion and class. History on the IB can lead to professions like academia, Law, the civil service and journalism.

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This subject's group:
Group 3: Individuals & Societies
Studying any one of these subjects provides for the development of a critical appreciation of human experience and behaviour, the varieties of physical, economic and social environments that people inhabit and the history of social and cultural institutions.
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Advice from our tutors

It's very imporant to keep an even pace throughout the Diploma. Historical study requires a comprehensive understanding of broad periods of History, and it's very hard to acquire that by cramming at the last minute!

Assessment

Students taking History on the IB are exposed to a broad range of periods and themes of study. Thematic requirements expose students to broad topics, like "Rights & Protest" or "Conflict & Intervention" across multiple regions of the world to encourage comparative study and to encourage students to consider multiple perspectives to similar issues. Students also study two historical periods over any part across 750 to present day, like the 'causes and effects of medieval wars' or '20th century authoritarian states'.

By the end of the Diploma, students will have developed key historical skills which a widely applicable in an international world and in further study and work, as well as an understanding of themselves and of contemporary society by encouraging reflection on the past.

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Next steps

History offers students routes into many diverse careers. For students with a love of History, many continue into further academic study of the discipline with the intention of becoming teachers, professors, researchers and writers. Aside from academia, it’s also particularly well-suited for students looking to move into civil service roles, journalism, PR and marketing. Many students move directly into the legal profession following History degrees, which prizes the critical reasoning, independent research, and intellectual rigour historical study demands and around half of London’s ‘magic circle’ trainees each year don’t hold Law degrees. In addition, many students go on to study in the heritage sector as archivists, curators and conservators.

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Brief & Examinations
Read the information provided for this subject by the IBO.
Subject Brief ↗Announced Exams (May 2021) ↗

Read more about History

History doesn't just teach students about the past, but also the importance of balance, how to interrogate and analyse information, and how to arrive at fair, reasoned conclusions. Alongside the IBO's focus on international-mindedness, History students graduate the IB better prepared to navigate a world of differing perspectives and equipped to break down the barriers of race, religion and class. History on the IB can lead to professions like academia, Law, the civil service and journalism.

Need help chosing your IB subjects?
Chemistry or Biology? Maths HL or SL? Choosing DP subjects can feel like a ticking time bob. We've been helping IB families weigh their options for nearly a decade and can help you make sure you balance your future plans and aptitude with loving your IB subjects.
IB Subject Selection >
This subject's group:
Group 3: Individuals & Societies
Studying any one of these subjects provides for the development of a critical appreciation of human experience and behaviour, the varieties of physical, economic and social environments that people inhabit and the history of social and cultural institutions.
Find out more about Subject Groups >
Advice from our tutors

It's very imporant to keep an even pace throughout the Diploma. Historical study requires a comprehensive understanding of broad periods of History, and it's very hard to acquire that by cramming at the last minute!

View the IBO's brief for this subject
Read the information provided for this subject by the IBO.
Subject Brief >
What can you do with this subject?

History offers students routes into many diverse careers. For students with a love of History, many continue into further academic study of the discipline with the intention of becoming teachers, professors, researchers and writers. Aside from academia, it’s also particularly well-suited for students looking to move into civil service roles, journalism, PR and marketing. Many students move directly into the legal profession following History degrees, which prizes the critical reasoning, independent research, and intellectual rigour historical study demands and around half of London’s ‘magic circle’ trainees each year don’t hold Law degrees. In addition, many students go on to study in the heritage sector as archivists, curators and conservators.

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