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KGV Senior School Options Information Booklet


Introduction Students studying in Year 12 at KGV School follow one of two Diploma pathways. These pathways are called • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or • Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) Each of these pathways offers recognised qualifications which have global recognition with Higher Education establishments. Each of these pathways has an holistic approach to learning, giving students both the skills and knowledge to be successful post-KGV. This booklet is aimed at Year 10 parents and students as they begin the process of deciding which pathway is most suitable for study at Year 12 and 13. It should be used in conjunction with the information given to you At the Year 10 Information Evening During PSE lessons During tutor times At Careers sessions At the Year 11 Options Evening On LIONeL (specific information on accessing LIONeL is given later in this booklet) We recognise that this can be a daunting and difficult decision and hope that we can support you through this process. Please use your son/ daughter’s tutor as the first point of contact and we will help to provide the information you need. Option decisions will be finalised in December of Year 11. Please can you make sure you undertake sufficient research before this deadline to ensure that you make the most informed and realistic decision. The rest of this booklet outlines the structure of these two pathways and provides you with an overview to the nature of the courses offered on the IB and the BTEC. We hope you find this booklet useful.

Chris Wightman Head of Senior School: Learning Director

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Business Technology Education Council (BTEC)

BTEC Business

Extended Diploma in Business (18 units):

This is an 18 unit course which consists of four mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 180 credits. In each year of your course you will complete 9 units. BTEC is a course designed for specialist learners. At KGV School we offer 4 potential pathways for students to specialize in. The diagram below shows the different elements of the BTEC pathway at KGV School.

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BTEC Pathway Students have two options within the BTEC pathway. They can opt for the full BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma or alternatively, they can choose to study two BTEC Level 3 courses and study one as a Major (Diploma Level) and the other as a Minor (Subsidiary Level). Students following the BTEC pathway can opt to study IBD Maths (Studies), IBD English Language and Literature (SL), PSE and PE as part of the Core Curriculum. Students also have the option not to take IBD Maths and English and can either take GCSE Maths or English if needed or alternatively, the students can embark on a work placement one day a week organized by our KGV work placement coordinator.

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The course combines both practical assignments and the study of a variety of Business disciplines. Students work on group projects as well as individual assignments which will require a wide range of techniques and skills. There will be a vocational element to the course. Over the two-year period the range of subjects studied includes:

The whole course is taught practically, and theory is gained through this practical application. The course has links with Ocean Park, Coca Cola and many local businesses. The highest grade of D*D*D* is worth the equivalent of 3 A* grades at A level. Assessment BTEC courses comprise of individual units and are delivered through continuous assessment. This is on-going throughout the two year program with students either gaining a Pass, Merit, or Distinction at the end of each unit. The assessment is evidence-based and the student will keep a portfolio that demonstrates their learning. Evidence can include a range of forms, not just written assignments, but visual, project work, sound, video recordings, to name but a few.

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Entry Requirements Extended Diploma students should be aiming to achieve a GPA of 5.5 in their IGCSE results. Previous Business experience is not necessary, although students who have a GCSE in Business Studies or Economics would benefit.

BTEC Creative Media Production

Diploma in Business (12 units)

This is a 12 unit course which consists of four mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 120 credits. In each year of the course students complete 6 units. Over the two-year period the range of subjects studied includes:

•The Business Environment

•Recruitment and Selection

•Business Resources

•Understanding Business ethics

•Marketing

•Creative Product Promotion

•Business Communication

•Training in the Business Workplace

•Market Research

•Managing a Business Event

•Business Accounting

•Developing Teams in Business

University destinations BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business students in previous years at KGV School have gone on to study at degree level at the following universities in the UK: •

University College London (UCL)

University of East Anglia

University of Exeter

University of Southampton

Lancaster University

Sheffield University

University of Surrey

University of Leicester

Subsidiary Diploma in Business (6 units)

BTEC Level 3 Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma in Business: students who have studied this course in previous years at other ESF schools have gone onto study at degree level at the following universities in the UK: •University of the West of England •Bath Spa University •Manchester Metropolitan University Career Opportunities The BTEC Extended Diploma is internationally recognized as an entry qualification for university. Students who undertake any of these courses will probably be looking for a career in the world of business. The courses will offer opportunities to give experience right across the spectrum of Business from Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, Production, Accounting, Law, ICT, Communication, Events Management and Administration.

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Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production (18 units)

Like all BTEC courses, our Media course is formed from a mix of compulsory core units and other optional units, selected by the school to provide as broad an experience as possible. A unit will typically ask students to do some research into a particular area such as film or animation. Students will then make examples themselves. Students will work on group projects as well as individual assignments. We try to start by covering basic conceptual and technical skills around the areas of planning, cinematography and editing and then move on to utilize these skills in larger projects such as making music videos. In total, the Extended Diploma requires students to cover 18 units. Over the two-year period the range of activities and topics studied might include: • • • • • •

Cinematography and editing workshops Sound design classes Documentary production Photography Interview technique Music Video production

Usually, the focus is on developing practical skills; some units demand a more academic, theoretical approach but this is always tied down to practical applications and projects. The course will be wholly delivered on site at KGV and taught by Media teachers, supported by our technical staff. We strive to form contacts with professionals and have at various times worked with institutions like Shaw Studios, Slate Takes and CNN. An important part of our provision is to offer students the chance to see professionals at work and to ask them about their practices. In general, the course demands that students learn to work in a focused, professional and efficient manner. There is plenty of scope within that professionalism to be creative and expressive and our best students quickly learn to manage their projects in such a way to make them enjoyable and effective.

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Assessment Assessment is continuous throughout the course, with students either gaining a Pass, Merit, or Distinction at the end of the course. The assessment is evidence-based and students will keep a portfolio that demonstrates their learning. Evidence can include a range of forms, not just written assignments, but video, scripts, sound recordings, notes to name but a few.

BTEC Performing Arts

(Subsidiary Diploma)

Entry Requirements The course is almost wholly practical, with the theory being delivered through practice. However, students should be aiming to achieve a good grade in IGCSE English to be considered for the course as some of the assessment evidence will be written.

The course combines both practical assignments and the study of a variety of performing arts disciplines, leading to a series of production projects in the drama studios and at external venues. You will work on group projects as well as individual assignments. Students learn a wide range of performance skills and techniques and will be involved in all aspects of production from backstage to front-of-house. In the second year students will produce a final major project.

Diploma in Creative Media Production (12 units)

The course offers a broad experience of a few different areas of Media production. The core units introduce basic skills like planning, research and managing. We then use these skills in a range of projects. These projects can vary from student to student, but they might include making TV News broadcasts, advertisements and print-based Media such as magazines or posters. Depending on the task and student, these might be individual or group projects.

Subsidiary Diploma in Creative Media Production (6 units)

This tries to offer a more focused course arranged over two large areas of Media production – print and video. A small number of core units will get students thinking about how to organize and structure their projects, then we will move into production areas such as photography and editing. Students will have the opportunity to complete a range of projects, either independently or within a group.

University Destinations SCAD, USC, Tisch (animation), UCLA , RISD (Film and animation),UNSW School of Visual Arts, NY, HK Open University, University for the Creative Arts, University of Leeds (Cinematography and Photography), SF Art Institute (film production), Bournemouth University (Cinematography and Photography), Lancaster University (marketing)

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This course consists of 2 Core units that cover the theories and practice associated with performing to an audience. The additional units of the course give students experience of devising original work through both practical exploration and scriptwriting. Students are encouraged to produce assessment evidence that depends upon their personal learning styles and strengths.

Previous experience in Media work is advantageous but not necessary; we are used to working with students who have no experience, but they will need to demonstrate an interest in Media technologies and issues.

Career opportunities The BTEC Extended Diploma is internationally recognized as an entry qualification for university. Students who undertake this course will probably be looking for a career in the creative industries.Students will generate a portfolio which will allow them to apply for Media-based subjects at tertiary level, particularly those courses with a practical focus. The core units also teach a broad range of skills and students will find themselves able to consider a wide range of options in the creative fields. Examples might include management, pre-production, marketing or research.

Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts (6 units)

Over the two-year period the range of subjects studied may include: •

Drama and Physical Theatre workshops

Acting techniques

Voice and speech

Production projects

Script writing

Being a healthy performer

The first year provides a good practical basis in the major disciplines. Some units will provide a more academic approach to the performing arts. The course is taught practically, Evidence can be submitted in a number of creative forms for assessment without heavy reliance on the written word. 80% of your time in school will be spent on this course, while the remaining 20% will be spent on the other core components. The course will be wholly delivered on site at KGV and taught by Drama teachers.

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We will also be bringing in specialists to teach on some of the units and students will regularly find themselves working with performing arts professionals. Assessment Continuous assessment throughout the course, with students either gaining a Pass, Merit, or Distinction at the end of the course. The assessment is evidence-based and students will keep a portfolio that demonstrates their learning. Evidence can include a range of forms, not just written assignments, but video, scripts, sound recordings, notes to name but a few. Entry Requirements The course is almost wholly practical, with the theory being delivered through practice. However, students should be aiming to achieve a good grade in English to be considered for the course, as some the assessment evidence will be written. Previous qualifications in Drama, Music or Dance is highly desirable and students without such qualifications would need to demonstrate their interest and skills in the Performing Arts before admittance to the course. Career opportunities Whilst many of our students will be aspiring to achieve university places, the BTEC in Performing Arts also equips our students with the work skills and knowledge to enable them to establish links and possible inroads with professional companies. University Destinations Our BTEC Performing Arts students have been successful in achieving places at a variety of Universities and Institutions to study a number of courses linked to the Performing Arts. We have ex-students at Central School of Speech and Drama, Royal Holloway, Winchester University, South Bank University, Bristol University, Goldsmiths and Hong Kong’s Communication Art Centre.

BTEC Art and Design This course consists of a range of units selected by the school so they fit with the needs and skills of the students as well as the areas of specialism of the teaching staff. The course combines both practical assignments and the study of a variety of arts and design disciplines. You will work on group projects as well as individual assignments. You will be learning a wide range of techniques and skills working with industry on project work. There will be a vocational element to the course teaching you skills you will need in the art and design industries.

Extended Diploma in Art and Design (18 units)

In each year of your course you will complete 5 core units exploring the fundamental skills of making Art and Design. Over the two-year period you will be taught 13 specialist units exploring a range of subjects including: •

Fine Art

Professional development in Art (Portfolio building)

Graphic Design

Promoting Art and Design

Surface Pattern (Fashion and Textiles)

Word and Imag

Sculpture

3D Computer Modelling (Design)

Advertising

Fabric Manipulation (Fashion and Textiles)

Printmaking

Product Design (Design)

In year 13 students will select to take a Final Major Project reflecting their chosen specialism. This is a double award unit and will result in a final Art show held in a professional setting. The course is taught practically, and theory is gained through this practical application of skills. Assessment Continuous assessment throughout the course, with students either gaining a Pass, Merit, or Distinction at the end of the course. The assessment is evidence-based and students will keep a portfolio that demonstrates their learning. Evidence can include a range of forms, not just visual assignments, but written and project work.

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Entry Requirements The course is almost wholly practical, with the theory being delivered through practice. However, students should be aiming to achieve a good GPA, which is recommended at 5.5. Previous Art and Design experience is not necessary, although students who have a GCSE in Art or Design would benefit.

BTEC Sports

Diploma in Art & Design (12 units)

The Diploma offers students the opportunity to build a portfolio of Art and Design work to gain entry onto a university course. Students will work on 5 Core units covering the fundamental skills needed in Art and Design. • • • • •

Word and Image Fine Art Print-making Surface Pattern (Fashion and Textiles) 3D computer modelling (Design)

In year 13 students will select to take a Final Major Project reflecting their chosen specialism. This is a double award unit and will result in a final Art show held in a professional setting.

Subsidiary Diploma in Art & Design (6 units)

This option in Art and Design is a 6 unit qualification consisting of core units exploring the fundamental skills of Art and Design. Students will experience a range of specialisms: • • • •

Fine Art Printmaking Graphic Design 3-D modelling

In year 13 students will select one specialism to produce a Final Major project. Career opportunities The BTEC Extended Diploma is internationally recognized as an entry qualification for university. Students who undertake this course will probably be looking for a career in the creative industries. The course will offer opportunities to provide an experience across the spectrum of the Creative Industries from Fine Art, Advertising, Creative Media, Graphic Design, Product Design, Fashion,Textiles, Computer Aided Design, Architecture and Marketing.

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BTEC Extended Diploma in Sports (18 Units)

This course is equivalent to three ‘A’ levels. It will provide opportunities for the students to develop personal qualities of leadership, responsibility, commitment and teamwork in a range of practical and academic situations. The course involves theory and practical elements. The practical specification aims to provide candidates with the knowledge and understanding to improve their own and others’ performance. This can be through participating and/or competing in sport, organising sports events and evaluating and analysing sport performances. During the two year course students will study the following topics as part of the core: Unit 1: Principles of Anatomy & Physiology in Sport Unit 2: The Physiology of Fitness Unit 3: Assessing Risk in Sport Unit 4: Fitness Training & Programming Unit 5: Sports Coaching Unit 6: Sports Development Unit 7: Fitness Testing for Sport & Exercise The course uses a variety of assessment modes that prepare students for university and the courses that they may study in post-18 education. 80% of time in school will be spent on this course, while the remaining 20% will be spent on the other core components. The course will be delivered on site at KGV, although some units require off-site visits as part of learning and assessment. Lessons are taught by Specialist PE teachers. We will also be bringing in specialists to support some of the units and students will regularly find themselves working with Sport Science practitioners who assist their learning and development.

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Assessment Continuous assessment throughout the course, with students either gaining a Pass, Merit, or Distinction at the end of the course.

Foundation Diploma

The assessment is evidence based and students keep a portfolio that demonstrates learning. Evidence can include a range of forms, not just written assignments, but video, scripts, sound recordings, notes to name but a few. Entry Requirements The course is almost wholly practical, with the theory being delivered through practice. However, students should be aiming to achieve a good grade in English to be considered for the course, as some of the assessment evidence will be written. Previous Sport Studies participation is highly desirable and students without such qualifications would need to demonstrate their interest and skills in Sport Science before admittance to the course. Good time-management is also required.

Diploma in Sports (12 units)

This allows students to combine Sport Science content with subsidiary subjects such as Business or Media to broaden their choices at Post-18. Students will study the core subjects and selected optional units.

Subsidiary Diploma in Sports (6 units)

Opting for the subsidiary diploma alongside Business or Media allows students to add a different context to their learning. Many universities offer degrees with Sport as an entry point to Sport management courses. Career Opportunities This qualification will provide entry to a related Degree or Higher National Diploma. Students have progressed to degrees in areas such as Sports Science, Physical Education Teacher Training and Sports Rehabilitation. It is also good preparation for anyone who wants to move straight into the Sports, Leisure or Health & Fitness industries.

The Foundation Diploma is an opportunity for students to follow a really personalised approach to their leaning. Their course can be tailor made to suit their strengths. There is also a highly vocational approach to the course which includes a substantial element of Work experience. Courses are available at different levels and amounts of intensity. For example students can combine elements of a level 1 or 2 BTEC with 6 or 12 units of level 3 BTEC in the area of their choice. All decisions about the chosen Foundation Diploma course are made in consultation with staff, parents and students in order to reach the correct balance within their curriculum. Please contact Jane Angwin for further information, or Kate Hodgson for further advice or in order to discuss how to proceed further with the Foundation Diploma. Students following the Foundation BTEC have followed a variety of pathways such as Degree level courses at SCAD HK, Higher level BTECs at College of Art and Culture HK, the Nesbitt Center, Rock Foundation, I.V.E., V.T.C. Shine. Other students have entered employment or followed studies abroad.

University Destinations Ninety-five per cent of universities and colleges in the UK accept BTEC students, including competitive universities from the Russell Group. Nearly all universities accept BTEC in relevant subject areas, equivalent to A-level qualifications.

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ASDAN

The Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network or ASDAN is a Personal Development Programme. These programmes allow you to develop and recognise a range of skills that will be invaluable when you start work and begin living independent lives: Teamwork, Independent Learning, Coping with Problems, and Using Maths, English and ICT. At KGV your achievements will be certified at two different levels. Bronze and Silver.

BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Qualifications for IT Users (ITQ) (QCF)

These qualifications are designed to prepare learners for employment in the IT sector and they are suitable for those who have decided that they wish to enter a specific area of work within the IT industry. The suite of ITQ qualifications allow individuals to acquire IT skills that will help them work effectively and productively in their employment. The purpose of these qualifications is to develop and recognise learners’ IT skills and knowledge and enable them to use IT effectively in their daily lives. All units for these qualifications are internally assessed. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes. Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment criteria which must be used. To achieve a ‘pass’ a learner must have satisfied all the assessment criteria.

Jamie Oliver BTEC | Level 1 and 2

Level 1- Contributes to Foundation Learning Provision Focuses on developing the skills to prepare delicious and nutritious home-cooked food - using fresh ingredients - as well as an understanding of the value of passing on cooking knowledge Level 2 - Equivalent to half a GCSE Develops the student’s ability to plan and prepare a series of nutritious home-cooked meals for breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner, and helps them understand how to cook economically

ESF Career Development Services

In Years 12 & 13 LSC students participate in the ESF Structured Work Placement (SWP). This is organised and led by the ESF Career Development Service and aims to provide vocational training opportunities for students with complex learning needs in ESF schools. Typically, students attend a supervised work placement once a week throughout years 12 & 13. It plays an important role in providing work placement or work experience opportunities for students to access the work environment, to use and apply classroom based training and knowledge in real life job situations in settings such as business, administration, retail, hospitality and catering etc.

Edexcel BTEC Level 1 Award for IT Users (ITQ) (QCF) Qualification credit value: a minimum of 9 credits. Minimum credit to be achieved at the level of the qualification: 6 credits. Edexcel BTEC Level 1 Certificate for IT Users (ITQ) (QCF) Qualification credit value: a minimum of 13 credits Minimum credit to be achieved at the level of the qualification: 8 credits Unit 101: Improving Productivity Using IT is mandatory for the Level 1Certificate. This unit must be completed to achieve this qualification. BTEC Level 2 Award for IT Users (ITQ) (QCF) Qualification credit value: a minimum of 10 credits Minimum credit to be achieved at, or above, the level of the qualification: 7 credits. BTEC Level 2 Certificate for IT Users (ITQ) (QCF) Qualification credit value: a minimum of 16 credits. Minimum credit to be achieved at, or above, the level of the qualification: 10 credits. Unit 201: Improving Productivity Using IT is mandatory for the Level 1Certificate. This unit must be completed to achieve this qualification.

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International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBD) The IB Diploma consists of 6 optional subjects and 3 core subjects. The optional subjects are split into 6 groups – in general terms students must take one subject from each of the first 5 groups and one additional subject from group 6 or elsewhere. There are some exceptions to this and these are shown below. Most subjects are offered at Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL). Students must choose 3 HL and 3 SL subjects. All students take the 3 core subjects. The diagram illustrates how this works:

Subjects on offer through the International Baccalaureate from August 2016 [HL – Higher Level; SL – Standard Level] Group 1- Language A1

Group 5 – Mathematics

English Literature A HL & SL English Language & Literature A HL & SL Chinese Language & Literature A HL & SL Self-taught Languages A (SL only) Literature & Performance SL

Mathematics HL Mathematics SL Mathematical Studies SL

Group 2 – Language Acquisition Chinese B HL & SL French B HL, SL and ab initio German B HL, SL Spanish B HL, SL and ab initio Group 3 – Individuals and Societies

Common Combinations (others are possible but would need to be discussed)

Considerations

Business Management HL & SL Economics HL & SL Geography HL & SL History HL & SL Philosophy HL & SL Psychology HL & SL ITGS HL & SL Environmental Systems and Societies SL *

Group 4 – Experimental Sciences

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One subject from Group 1 -6 One subject from Group 1 – 5 and a final subject from Group 1 – 5 One subject from Group 1,2,5, plus the ESS and two subjects from Group 6 One subject from Group 1,2 5, plus the ESS and a final subject from either Group 3 or 4

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It is not recommended to take more than one new subject Do not take an ab initio language as an ‘easy’ option You cannot study both Business and Economics The Language dept have clear recommendations (see relevant information on Lionel)

Group 6 – The Arts Film HL & SL Music HL & SL Theatre Arts HL & SL Visual Art HL & SL Literature & Performance SL * Environmental Systems and Societies is an interdisciplinary subject which means if you choose this subject it meets the requirements of both a Group 3 and Group 4 subject in one choice. *Literature & Performance is an interdisciplinary subject which covers both Group 1 and Group 6

Biology HL & SL Chemistry HL & SL Design and Technology HL & SL Physics HL & SL Computer Science HL & SL Sports, Exercise and Health Science HL & SL Environmental Systems and Societies SL *

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International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) Group One: Studies in Language and Literature

English A: Literature Level of Study: HL and SL

This course encourages an appreciation of literature from a variety of contexts, including the study of texts translated into English from other languages. Its focus is the study of how language, genre and culture impact meaning. Through studying genres such as novel, drama, poetry, graphic novel, non-fiction and text-into-film adaptation, the student acquires a more critical and international perspective of the role played by literature in our lives.

Chinese A: Language and Literature Level of Study: HL and SL

This is a course studied in the first language of the student. The course encourages the students to develop an appreciation of language and literature from a variety of contexts, such as mass communication and novels, and to develop an understanding of the ways culture impacts meaning. Through the study of literature, and through reading and composing texts in a variety of genres, the student may gain a broadened and more international perspective of the role played by language and literature in their lives.

Literature and Performance Level of Study: HL and SL

This course is an interdisciplinary synthesis of Language A and Theatre. It incorporates essential elements of literature and performance and aims to explore the dynamic relationship between the two.

English A: Language and Literature Level of Study: HL and SL

This course encourages students to develop an appreciation of language and literature from a variety of fiction and non-fiction contexts, such as mass communication and popular culture. It aims to develop critical thinking about the ways context impacts our understanding of language and the methods used by writers to achieve this. Through the study of literature, and through reading and composing texts in a variety of genres, students will gain a broadened and more international perspective of the role played by language and literature in their lives.

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At the heart of the course is this interaction between (i) a conventional literary emphasis on close reading, critical writing and discussion and (ii) the practical, aesthetic and symbolic elements of performance. A distinctive outcome of this “marriage� is the performance of a piece transformed from poetry or prose. In this exciting, creative process text is viewed

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Group Two: Language Acquisition

Group Three: Individuals & Societies

Language ab initio (French, German, Spanish)

Business Management

The course caters for students who have no prior or very little knowledge of the language concerned. Ab initio means “from scratch�. The language is acquired through a balanced use of the 4 skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). The programme of study is centred around three themes: the Individual and Society, Leisure and Work and the Urban and Rural Environment. During the two year course you will be taught vocabulary and grammar that will enable you to communicate in everyday situations. You will also become familiar with the culture of the country or countries where the language is spoken.

Business Management is the concept-based, rigorous and critical study of the ways in which individuals and groups interact in a dynamic business environment. The course is designed to give students an understanding of business principles, practices and skills. Emphasis is also placed on understanding technical innovation and the day to day business functions of marketing, human resource management and finance with higher level students looking at forward thinking business strategy.

Level of Study: SL

Language B (Chinese , French, German or Spanish) Level of Study: HL and SL

The main purpose of the course is to develop an ability to communicate accurately and effectively in speech and in writing within a range of contexts. In addition to language acquisition, one of the main aims of the course is the development of intercultural awareness. At both HL and SL, all students must study the three Core Topics: Social Relationships, Communication and Media and Global Issues. In addition, all students must study two topics from the five Option Topics: Health, Customs and Traditions, Leisure, Cultural Diversity and Science and Technology.

Level of Study: HL and SL

Economics

Level of Study: HL and SL Economics is an exciting, dynamic social science, forming part of the study of individuals and society. Although economics involves the formulation of theory, it is not a purely theoretical subject: economic theories are applied to global economic, business and political developments. A key objective of the course is to promote an understanding of how economic theory can be applied in an international context. Economics is not a discreet subject; it incorporates elements of history, geography, and psychology helping students to understand the world in which they live.

HL students only must study two works of Literature.

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Environmental Systems and Societies (Please note this can also be a Group 4 subject) Level of Study: SL

Environmental Systems and Societies is the first trans-disciplinary IB Diploma Programme course, combining aspects of Biology and Geography. The course introduces students to some big environmental issues facing humans and the world that we inhabit. The issues are studied holistically, looking at them from many different angles (scientific, socio-political, economic, cultural, ethical and historical). This allows students to fully understand the causes and effects of environmental problems, encourages them to evaluate the different viewpoints with an open mind and build up knowledge across disciplines in order to solve problems. “Think globally, act locally” is a driving idea behind this course.

Geography Level of Study: HL and SL

Geography is a dynamic subject which investigates the processes that shape the physical earth, the processes and interactions that shape our human world, and the relationships between the earth environment and humankind. It is a subject that is extremely relevant in our changing world, dealing with current events and real-life examples. Wide-ranging issues such as global population growth, the management of hazards, and globalization and the impact of the internet, are but a few of the topics covered. The study of Geography encourages a holistic view of our earth, and the issues involved with managing both the physical and human environments.

History Level of Study: HL and SL

IB History allows students to engage with dramatic events and key personalities from around the world in the Modern age. The course examines the major dictators, including Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler and Mao. It also looks at the road to Global War in Asia and Europe from 1933-39. As well as conflict, the course examines the quest for peace in the inter-war years, and looks at how the world came very near to World War III during the Cold War. The History course encourages students to become ‘historians’ themselves: rather than passively accepting the ‘standard’ versions of events, they engage in debates and weigh up the strengths and weaknesses of different historical explanations.

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Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) Level of Study: HL and SL

The focus of the ITGS course is very much on people. How are they affected by new technology? What impact does technology have on social, ethical and economic factors? Before being able to tackle such questions, this course will provide you a secure knowledge of the technology that is influencing these changes. Technology is rapidly changing and evolving and the ITGS course aims to keep you in touch with these changes by studying current trends. You will develop the skills to be able to analyse and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of this rapid rate of change. You will be given the opportunity to voice your opinions on the impacts of technology in society at both a local and global level.

Philosophy

Level of Study: HL and SL What is love? Is it ever right to kill? Should animals have rights? Could a robot be a person? Are we ever free? Philosophy investigates these questions and many like them using ideas from the most important thinkers of the last two and a half thousand years, from Plato to Dawkins. The course examines whether we are free, what makes us human, the rights and wrongs of our approach to the environment, animals and people as well as political philosophy and considering the limits to freedom, rights and protest through the classic text On Liberty by John Stuart Mill. As a whole the Philosophy course is designed to make you think about life’s most important questions while providing a rigorous, academic knowledge and understanding of philosophy using an enquiring and empathetic approach. It is open to all students who want to think about, discuss and understand the world.

Psychology

Level of Study: HL and SL IB Psychology examines the interaction of biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behaviour, thereby adopting an integrative approach. Understanding how psychological knowledge is generated, developed and applied enables students to achieve a greater understanding of themselves and appreciate the diversity of human behaviour. The ethical concerns raised by the methodology and application of psychological research are key considerations in IB Psychology.

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Computer Science Level of Study: HL and SL

Computer Science involves creating new possibilities and solving problems using the power of computers. Where ITGS focuses on the people affected by technology, Computer Science has more of a leaning to the technological side. This course will look at how computer scientists work and communicate with each other and the people that the successful development of their solutions will affect. The methodology used to solve problems in computer science may take many forms, this course emphasizes the need for both a theoretical and practical approach. Some of the skills you will learn will be very specific to Computer Science such as programming or how the processor works but there are a whole raft of transferable skills that you will pick up such as logical thinking and successful planning to solve problems. Students will learn to program in PHP, a powerful web scripting language.

Design and Technology

Group Four: Experimental Sciences Biology Level of Study: HL and SL

IB Biology offers the opportunity to study the Life Sciences in further depth and breadth through experimental work and theoretical study. It forms a fascinating insight into modern biology and its place in society, as well as being an essential discipline for those planning to continue their study of biology/biomedicine.

Chemistry Level of Study: HL and SL

The IB Chemistry course is both challenging and stimulating. It is a demanding subject which requires dedication, time and effort to succeed. Students will develop a foundation of knowledge that when applied, will enable them to grow intellectually and gain an appreciation and respect for Chemistry and its role within society. It is an essential discipline for those planning to enter the health sciences, such as medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, and veterinary medicine. Students could also go on to specialize in areas such as material science, engineering and environmental sciences. All students will spend a significant amount of time on the practical aspect of the course as well as their theoretical study. This element consists of an interdisciplinary Group 4 Project, an extensive series of laboratory investigations and an individual investigation, where an area of personal interest can be explored in more depth.

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Level of Study: HL and SL

The world needs creative thinkers and problem solvers. Design Technology is offered at both Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL). There is a strong practical component in the course and all internal investigations have a practical outcome. The course teaches the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to help develop these characteristics. The course provides you with a broad understanding of issues relating to designing and manufacturing using modern materials and processes. You will also learn about the increasing role of the designer’s responsibility in terms of ethics and the environment. You will be required to choose from the following options: Textiles, Human Factors (Graphics), Food or CAD CAM (Resistant materials). You will complete an extended Design project in the option of your choice.

Physics

Level of Study: SL Physics is offered at both Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL). There is a strong practical component and students will undertake at least 40 (SL) or 60 (HL) hours of laboratory work. The course is challenging but interesting and rewarding. Students will develop their ability to think as a Physicist, looking at the way we can understand a very wide range of phenomena based upon a fairly small number of physical laws. IB Physics provides a solid base for those interested in pursuing a wide variety of university courses. Covering a range of classical and more modern Physics topics, the course covers such elements as Mechanics, Electro-Magnetism, Global Energy Issues, Quantum Physics and Astro-Physics.

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Sports, Exercise and Health Science (SEHS) Level of Study: HL and SL

This course investigates the Science behind Sport and Sports Performance. Students will study Anatomy, Biomechanics, Genetics, Movement Analysis, Nutrition, Optimizing Performance, and Physiology. They will carry out practical (experimental) investigations in both laboratory and field settings. In turn they will acquire the knowledge and understanding necessary to apply scientific principles and critically analyse human performance to improve individual or team capabilities. Apart from being worthy of study in its own right, SEHS is a good preparation for courses in higher or further education related to sports fitness and health, and serves as useful preparation for employment in sports and leisure industries for example in a Medical Centre, as a Fitness Consultant for individuals or teams, Leisure and Recreational Management, Sports Statistician, or as a Sports Scientist/Manager/Coach. Students should have a strong scientific background with a keen interest in sports.

Group Five: Mathematics

Mathematical Studies

Level of Study: SL This course caters for students with varied backgrounds and abilities. More specifically, it is designed to build confidence and encourage an appreciation of Mathematics. Students taking this course need to be equipped with fundamental skills and a rudimentary knowledge of the IGCSE Mathematics syllabus. The course concentrates on Mathematics that can be applied to contexts related as far as possible to other subjects being studied, to common real-world occurrences and to topics that relate to home, work and leisure situations. It is designed to give the students the essential mathematical tools that are indispensable in our modern technological society.

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Mathematics

Level of Study: SL This is a demanding course requiring students to study a broad range of mathematical topics through a number of different approaches and to a significant depth. The course caters for students with a solid background in Mathematics who possess strong technical skills. Many of these students will be expecting to use the skills learnt in Standard Level Mathematics to help them in university courses such as economics, business studies, architecture, accountancy or computing. Mathematics could be a significant component of these university studies. A degree in any of these areas may specifically require Standard Level Mathematics at IB. Others may take this subject because they have a strong interest and ability in Mathematics and enjoy meeting its challenges and engaging with its problems.

Group Six: The Arts

Mathematics

Level of Study: HL This is an extremely demanding course requiring students to study a broad range of mathematical topics through a number of different approaches and to a significant depth. The course caters for students with an outstanding background in Mathematics who possess strong technical skills. The majority of these students will be expecting to include Mathematics as a major component of their university studies, either as a subject in its own right or within courses such as physics, engineering and technology which may specifically require Mathematics at Higher Level. Others may take this subject because they have a strong interest and ability in Mathematics and enjoy meeting its challenges and engaging with its problems.

Visual Art

Level of Study: HL, SL and SLB Visual Arts students will conceive of and develop a body of individual practical and written work, which represents two years of extensive study of art practice. The course covers three broad areas: Visual Arts in context through theoretical practice, Visual Arts methods by making art and communicating ideas and Visual Arts through curatorial practice. The students will have the choice to determine their route of enquiry and will be supported by individual tutorials. The themes and issues explored in recent times is very extensive and comes from a personal resonance determined by the student.

Film

Level of Study: HL and SL The basis of this course is practical; we start by teaching you how to take a photo, how to record a sound, edit a sequence and so on. From there, we build up to setting up complicated multi-camera shoots, creating complex soundtracks and editing fastpaced action sequences. Supporting all of this is a study of films from a multitude of cultures and periods – everything from pre-WW1 German to contemporary American and Asian film. There is no set curriculum; we can look at the films which interest our students and in the past this has included Japanese animation, music video, Korean horror, Hollywood musicals and, in one case, Glee! By the end of the course, you will understand how films are made and you’ll have a finer appreciation of a wider range of film, including some of (in our opinion) the finest films ever made.

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Music

Level of Study: HL and SL The Diploma Programme Music course provides an appropriate foundation for further study in music at university level or in music career pathways. It also provides an enriching and valuable course of study for students who may pursue other careers as well as the opportunity for any student to engage in the world of music as lifelong participants. Having studied at IGCSE Music is an advantage, but not essential, as students who have Grade 5 Theory and Grade 6 on their instrument (or voice) will also be able to effectively access the course. Similarly, a student skilled in Rock Guitar or Drum Kit, making compositions using Guitar Pro software, can also do well in the course. We have just introduced NEW “Logic Pro X” sequencing software on Apple Macs enabling you to write, edit, record and mix your own compositions. SL requires coursework submissions in either Creating (such as Composition) or Performance, whereas HL requires submissions in both.

Theatre Arts

Level of Study: HL and SL The WHOLE course is taught practically, and theory is gained through this practical application. It is suitable for students who have an interest in developing and deepening their understanding of performance traditions from around the world. We focus on three major areas. Theatre in the Making, where we explore the different processes involved in making theatre and reflect on different theatre practices. Then there is Theatre in Performance where practical theatre skills are applied in a wide range of theatre practices, approaching work as a performer, as director, as technician, and as a designer. Finally there is Theatre around the World where we practically explore theatre traditions and practices from a range of cultures around the world. During the course we work with a wide range of outside theatre practitioners as well as visiting a wide range of theatre performances.

Name of Course: Literature and Performance Level of Study: SL

This course is an interdisciplinary synthesis of Language A and Theatre. It incorporates essential elements of literature and performance and aims to explore the dynamic relationship between the two. At the heart of the course is this interaction between (i) a conventional literary emphasis on close reading, critical writing and discussion and (ii) the practical, aesthetic and symbolic elements of performance. A distinctive outcome of this “marriage” is the performance of a piece transformed from poetry or prose. In this exciting, creative process text is viewed from different angles in a way that goes beyond what is characteristic of either literary or theatre arts as single disciplines. The course as a whole examines literary and dramatic texts and seeks to develop intellect, imagination and creativity. It encourages intercultural awareness through a study of texts from more than one culture.

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