What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?
This is an internationally recognised qualification that allows you to study six subjects (three at Higher (H) Level and three at Standard (S) Level) across a wide range of disciplines spanning languages, arts, humanities, Maths and sciences as outlined below, as well as the Core comprising Theory of Knowledge, a 4000-word Extended Essay and a portfolio of Creative, Active and Service activities, known as CAS.
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You will study through a mixture of group lectures, discussions, practical work, small-group conversation, language laboratory work and individual work. You will sit written examinations in May of the second year. All subjects include internal assessment, for example essays, oral work, and practical work. The Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge contribute to your overall result, and CAS is also compulsory.
> Group 1 Language
English (H and S)
> Group 2 Second Language
French (H and S)
German (H and S)
Italian (for beginners) (S)
Spanish (H and S and for beginners)
> Group 3 Individuals and Society
Geography (H and S)
Psychology (H and S)
Philosophy (H and S) - taught as an elective in group 6
History (H and S)
Global Politics (H and S)* - taught as an elective in group 6
> Group 4 Sciences
Biology (H and S) Environmental Systems and Societies (S)
Physics (H and S)
Chemistry – which is taught in Group 6
> Group 5 Mathematics*
Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (H and S)
Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation (H and S)
> Group 6 Electives
Art and Design (H and S)
Film Studies (H and S)
Chemistry (H and S)
Philosophy (H and S)
Second Language B
Global Politics (H and S)*
A second language can also be taken, although one must be Beginners (ab initio) Spanish or Italian. This is NOT an option with H Maths.
*Which Maths course should I choose?
Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches – best for students interested in pure maths, engineering, science, economics. Emphasis on calculus.
Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation – focus on statistics and technology; best for social scientists, and some economists. Standard Level will be similar to ‘old’ Maths Studies. This course would be suitable for Medicine applicants.
Please note: while we expect to run most if not all of the subjects listed, a minimum number of applicants per subject is required to ensure viability. This impacts most in Group 6, due to the range of options offered.