IBSCA IB Diploma Information Day 14 September 2007

Report
Year 10 and 11 Information Evening
Monday 14th September
Year 10 & 11
Introduction to courses in the Sixth Form
Dr Lamper - Head Master
Mr Waltho - Deputy Head
Mr Letley - Director of Studies
Year 10
Induction to Year 10 in the Old Library
Mr Gant - Head of Middle School
Year 11
Life in Year 11, looking ahead to the Sixth Form
Mr Burnage- Head of Sixth Form
1. An introduction to A Levels
2. An introduction to the IB Diploma
3. Examples of what an IB student
might study
4. Common questions
AS Levels & A Levels
The first year
The first year of study in a subject is called AS Level
In each subject the AS Level is worth 50% of the A Level
Each subject at AS level is made up of 2 or 3 modules
Normally 4 AS Levels are studied in Year 12
AS Level examinations are in January Yr 12 for some subjects
and June.
The results of AS examinations are known in March
and August of year 1
AS Levels & A Levels
The second year
The second year of the A level course in a subject is called A2
The A2 courses contain more depth and detail
Some students drop one subject and study 3 A2s in Year 13
A2 examinations are in January and June of Year 13
AS examinations from year 12 can be retaken during year 13
The result of the two years are known in August of the second
year.
AS Levels & A Levels
Grades for A Level
From A* - E
A* new from August 2010
>90% for second year and 80% for the first year
AS Levels & A Levels
Summary
Year 1
AS
AS
AS
Exams Jan and June Yr12
A2
A2
A2
Year 2
Exams Jan and June Yr13
August Results, 3 A Levels and 1 AS Level
AS
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At the heart of the IB is the Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop
inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who
help to create a better and more peaceful world through
intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools,
governments and international organizations to develop
challenging programmes of international education and
rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the
world to become active, compassionate and lifelong
learners who understand that other people, with their
differences, can also be right.
IB students should be…
 Inquirers
 Thinkers
 Communicators
 Who
are
Knowledgeable
o Principled
o Open-minded
o Risk-takers
o Balanced, caring,
reflective
o
IB students should be…
 Inquirers
 Thinkers
 Communicators
 Who
are
Knowledgeable
o Principled
o Open-minded
o Risk-takers
o Balanced, caring,
reflective
o
Group 1
Language
Students Study:
6 Subjects
Group 2
Second
Language
Group 6
The Arts
3 at Higher Level
3 at Standard Level
Group 3
Individuals
& Societies
Group 5
Mathematics
One from each
group theoretically
All exams are at the end of year 2
Group 4
Experimental
Sciences
Plus…
The Core

EE
Extended Essay

ToK
Theory of
Knowledge

CAS
Creativity, Action,
Service
TOK
Theory of Knowledge?
 How
to think critically about what and how we
know
 An
awareness of the perspective and views of
people from other cultures
 How
to ask important and thoughtful questions
TOK
 What
Questions like these:
makes a painting ‘good art’?
TOK
 Is
????????????
there a difference between an
historian and a storyteller?
TOK

 Can
???????????
How do people tell
right from wrong?
anybody else
really know what you
are feeling?
CAS
Creativity
Interpreted broadly:
arts activities
but also creativity shown in designing and
implementing service projects
© IBO 2002
CAS
Action
Participation in individual and team sports
but also taking part in expeditions,
local and international projects
© IBO 2002
CAS
Service
© IBO 2002
The Core

EE
Extended Essay

ToK
Theory of
Knowledge

CAS
Creativity, Action,
Service
Some possible
subjects for the IB
Group 1
Language
Group 6
The Arts
English
HL/SL
Group 2
Second
Language
French SL
German SL/HL
Spanish ai
English
Visual Arts
Music
HL/SL
Maths HL/SL
Maths Studies SL
Biology
Chemistry
Group 5
Mathematics
Physics
HL/SL
Group 4
Experimental
Sciences
Economics,
Business,
Geog / Hist HL,
Psychology SL
Group 3
Individuals
and Societies
Each subject is
worth max 7pts
+ 3 for the Core,
which must be
passed
Max = 45 pts overall
The Diploma is
gained above 24
points, HL & SL
minimum scores
must be achieved
Group 1
Language
Group 6
The Arts
English
HL/SL
Group 2
Second
Language
French SL
German SL/HL
Spanish ai
English
Visual Arts
Music
HL/SL
Maths HL/SL
Maths Studies SL
Biology
Chemistry
Group 5
Mathematics
Physics
HL/SL
Group 4
Experimental
Sciences
Economics,
Business,
Geog / Hist HL,
Psychology SL
Group 3
Individuals
and Societies
For example,…

A pupil who is good at humanities,

and doesn’t know what she wants to do with her
future.
Like this one.
The Uncertain Humanist

Replaces Group 6 with
an extra Group 3
humanity:

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
English HL
History HL
Geography HL
Group 1
Language
Group 6
The Arts
English HL
French SL
Chose from
Group 3
again
Does Biology SL
(some link to Geography)
 Keeps French going
and acquires some
Maths Studies SL
European literary and
Biology
cultural knowledge to
SL
Group 5
Mathematics
complement History
and English.
Group 4
Experimental
 Does Maths Studies SL

Group 2
Second
Language
Sciences
Geography &
History HL,
Group 3
Individuals
and Societies
Or her opposite number…

The pupil who likes sciences,

Not keen on essays,

Knows he wants to study Chemistry at
university?
There he is.
The keen Scientist
Group 1
Language

Replaces Group 6 with
an extra Group 4
science:



Maths HL
Physics HL
Chemistry HL
Does Geography SL
(links to Biology)
Group 6
The Arts
English SL
French SL
Takes
another
group 4


Keeps French and
English going at
standard level,
retaining a balanced
education
Group 2
Second
Language
Geography SL
Maths HL
Group 5
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
HL
Group 4
Experimental
Sciences
Group 3
Individuals
and Societies
Let’s try another…

A budding entrepreneur,

aspiring to work for a blue-chip multinational
banking or IT corporation.
Group 1
Language






Business HL
Music HL
Group 6
The Arts
English
HL/SL
Prepares for future in
banking with Maths SL
Does Spanish to give
access to Europe,
South America and
USA
Does English HL
Does Physics SL
Group 2
Second
Language
Spanish ai
Music
HL
Maths HL/SL
Maths Studies SL
Biology
Chemistry
Group 5
Mathematics
Physics
HL/SL
Group 4
Experimental
Sciences
Economics,
Business,
Geog & Hist HL,
Psych SL
Group 3
Individuals
and Societies
Or…

A linguist,
Group 6
The Arts
Group 1
Language
English HL
Group 2
Second
Language
French HL
German HL
Chooses
again from
group 2
Psychology SL
Maths Studies SL
Biology
SL
Group 5
Mathematics
Group 4
Experimental
Sciences
Group 3
Individuals
and Societies
Breadth and Depth
Higher Level subjects give the depth.
 Standard Level subjects add the breadth.


Specialists still get the depth they want (and
would get with traditional 6th Form study)

But they also get complementary knowledge
and skills.
Who should do it?
Students who:
 Are self-motivated and organised
 Do not want to specialise now
 Are prepared to work hard
 Want a qualification with an emphasis on
internationalism and a thorough preparation for
University
Common questions / concerns?
 Do I have to do Maths?
 Do I have to do a Language?
 What if I want to do two Sciences, Humanities
or Languages?
 Should I do something that is new?
 Do I have to work harder?
A possible IB timetable for a student in year 12
36 lessons per week
An AS timetable for a current student in year 12
32 lessons per week

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