International Baccalaureate (IB) Courses for 2017 Entry

Please use the links below to obtain details of our full range of AS Level courses. An electronic PDF version is also available for download if required. All course details are updated annually for the following academic year prior to our Open Evenings held in October.

All of the courses detailed below are offered at AS (with most progressing to A Level in Year 2) - except where identified as a ‘Certificate’ in the course title – in which case the qualification is offered as an Applied General Certificate (AS Level equivalent), with Extended Certificate in Year 2 (A Level equivalent) and can form part of an overall package of AS/A Level qualifications.

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AS Level Anthropology, AS Level Archaeology and AS World Development
The Government/exam boards have recently decided to withdraw these three courses from September 2016. There is still, however, the opportunity for students to pursue anthropological, archaeological and world development topics via an Extended Project Qualification - which can be pursued via either an ‘EPQ Accelerated’ route (starting May of Year One and ending October of Year Two) or an ‘EPQ General’ route (September to April in Year Two).

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Biology (Higher)

The IB Biology course combines the study of basic biological topics with a consideration of recent developments within a global context.  It is hoped that students will acquire a large body of facts and at the same time develop a broad, general understanding of the principles of Biology.

Biology (Standard)

The IB Biology course combines the study of basic biological topics with a consideration of recent developments within a global context.  It is hoped that students will acquire a large body of facts and develop a broad, general understanding of the principles of Biology.

Chemistry (Higher)

IB Chemistry is an interesting but very demanding subject. The course involves understanding complex and abstract concepts which explain the behaviour of molecules and atoms. Much of the content is an extension of work covered at GCSE but considered in much greater depth and with a very analytical approach.

Diploma Core

As well as their six subjects, students are required to take CAS, Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay, collectively known as the IB Diploma Programme Core. Students must complete all three components in order to be awarded the Diploma.

English (Higher)

This is a literature course, offering exciting opportunities for all those students who are enthusiastic about reading and discussion.  It is aimed not only at those students who wish to pursue literature or related studies at university but also at those students who simply wish to continue their literature studies beyond GCSE.

English (Standard)

This is a literature course, offering exciting opportunities for all those students who are enthusiastic about reading and discussion.  It is aimed not only at those students who wish to pursue literature or related studies at university but also at those students who simply wish to continue their literature studies beyond GCSE.

Environmental Systems and Societies (Standard)

Environmental Systems and Societies aims to provide students with a good scientific perspective on the environment.  The course allows students to understand their relationship with the environment and the significance of chances they take and decisions they make in their own lives.

French (Higher)

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded students. It is therefore essential for all IB students to learn a language. At Higher level students will develop the necessary skills and intercultural understanding to be able to communicate in French with a high degree of competence. The study of French literature constitutes an essential component of the course.

French (Standard)

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded students. It is therefore essential for all IB students to learn a language. At Standard level students will develop the necessary skills and intercultural understanding to be able to communicate competently in French.

Geography (Higher)

The aims of this course are to enable students to develop an understanding of the interrelationship between people, places, spaces and the environment.  Students will gain an appreciation of the relevance of geography in analysing contemporary world issues and in understanding the need for planning and sustainable management. The course will enable students to develop a global perspective in terms of diversity and change.

Geography (Standard)

The aims of this course are to enable students to develop an understanding of the interrelationship between people, places, spaces and the environment. Students will gain an appreciation of the relevance of geography in analysing contemporary world issues and in understanding the need for planning and sustainable management. The course will enable them to develop a global perspective in terms of diversity and change.

German (Higher)

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally-minded students. It is therefore essential for all IB students to learn a language. At Higher level students will develop the necessary skills and intercultural understanding to be able to communicate in German with a high degree of competence. The study of German literature constitutes an essential component of the course.  Students have 6 lessons of German a week.

German (Standard)

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally-minded students. It is therefore essential for all IB students to learn a language. At Standard level students will develop the necessary skills and intercultural understanding to be able to communicate competently in German.

History (Higher)

Higher Level History is intended for students wishing to understand the key factors that shaped world history during the 20th century.  It is aimed not only at students who intend to pursue history at university, but also at those who want to broaden their knowledge of the last 100 years and improve the skills required in writing analytical essays.

Italian (ab initio)

This is a language learning course for beginners, designed to be followed over five terms and taught for five lessons a week.  Students are also assigned a weekly conversation session with the Italian assistant during the second year of the course.

Mathematical Studies (Standard)

Mathematical Studies (Standard Level) caters for students with varied backgrounds and abilities.  More specifically it is designed to build confidence and encourage an appreciation of Mathematics in students who do not anticipate a need for Mathematics in their future studies.  Students embarking on this course need to be equipped with fundamental skills and a rudimentary knowledge of basic processes.

Music (Higher and Standard)

This is designed for the student with a background in musical performance or composition.

Philosophy (Higher)

The IB Philosophy programme explores the fundamental questions that people have asked since the beginning of time, and confronts new problems arising within contemporary society.   What is the meaning of life?  What can we know?  How do I know what is the right thing to do? Does God exist?  These questions are explored through an examination of themes and texts.  Studying Philosophy requires intellectual rigour, an open and critical mind, and a willingness to understand alternative views.

Philosophy (Standard)

The IB Philosophy programme explores the fundamental questions that people have asked since the beginning of time, and confronts new problems arising within contemporary society. What is the meaning of life?   What can we know?  How do I know what is the right thing to do? Does God exist?  These questions are explored through an examination of themes and texts.  Doing Philosophy requires intellectual rigour, an open and critical mind, and a willingness to understand alternative views.

Physics (Higher and Standard)

IB Physics is an interesting but very demanding subject.  It is important that students are confident in their mathematical ability, as many of the questions will involve calculations.  In addition there will be questions requiring descriptive answers.

Psychology (Higher)

Psychology is the systematic study of behaviour and mental processes.  It has its roots in both the natural and social sciences, leading to a variety of research designs and applications, providing a unique approach to understanding individuals and society.

Psychology (Standard)

Psychology is the systematic study of behaviour and mental processes.  Psychology has its roots in both the natural and social sciences, leading to a variety of research designs and applications, providing a unique approach to understanding individuals and society.

Spanish (ab initio)

The Spanish ab initio course is a language learning course for beginners, designed to be followed over five terms and taught for four lessons a week in addition to a lesson with the Spanish language assistant in the second year.

Spanish (Higher)

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally-minded students. It is therefore essential for all IB students to learn a language. At Higher level students will develop the necessary skills and intercultural understanding to be able to communicate in Spanish with a high degree of competence. The study of Spanish literature constitutes an essential component of the course.

Spanish (Standard)

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally -minded students. It is therefore essential for all IB students to learn a language. At Standard level students will develop the necessary skills and intercultural understanding to be able to communicate competently in Spanish.

Theatre Arts (Higher and Standard)

Theatre is a dynamic, collaborative and live art form. It is a practical subject that encourages discovery through experimentation, the taking of risks and the presentation of ideas to others. It results in the development of both theatre and life skills; the building of confidence, creativity, and working collaboratively. 

Visual Arts (Higher)

This course will develop students’ practical, written and presentation skills and appreciation of the visual world as well as the ability to respond to it in a personal and creative way.

Visual Arts (Standard)

This course will develop students’ practical, written and curatorial skills and appreciation of the visual world as well as the ability to respond to it in a personal and creative way.