Biology HL

Part of the IB subject group 4, Sciences, the Biology HL course is a comprehensive offering that provides students with a quality learning experience as they investigate the living world at all levels.

Themes covered through the course

The course covers cellular and molecular biology, genetics, ecology, evolution and biodiversity, plant diversity, and human and animal physiology.

Activities and assessment

The course has regular formative and summative assessments and a range of activities, including online media, discussions and lab activities. 

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed in Biology HL, we recommend students commit four hours per week. How much of the course material is covered in the classroom and how much via independent learning is flexible and to be decided by the school teacher.

Benefits to students

Taking Biology HL will enable students to:

  • gain an understanding of the living world at all levels
  • develop their observational, analytical and collaborative skills
  • consume course content outside of the classroom including formative exercises and interactive activities
  • become independent learners and develop time-management skills
  • experience a wide range of online learning tools

Chemistry HL

Part of the IB subject group 4, Sciences, the Chemistry HL course combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigational skills.

Themes covered through the course

The first year of the course covers stoichiometry, periodicity, bonding, energetics, kinetics and equilibrium. The second year covers acids/bases, redox processes, organic chemistry, measurement and analysis, and biochemistry. 

Activities and assessment

Students will undertake a variety of activities in the Chemistry course, ranging from classroom based discussions and group work to online interactives, formative assignments, wiki/collaborative activities and journals. Students are assessed through a single individual investigation as well as three written papers. The investigation may involve a hands-on approach, use of databases, modelling, simulation or a hybrid. Student work is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB.

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed in Chemistry HL, we recommend students commit four hours per week. How much of the course material is covered in the classroom and how much via independent learning is flexible and to be decided by the school teacher.

Benefits to students

Taking Chemistry HL will enable students to:

  • gain an understanding of the chemical principles underpinning both the physical environment in which we live and all biological systems
  • develop their observational, analytical and collaborative skills
  • consume course content outside of the classroom, including formative exercises and interactive activities
  • become independent learners and develop time-management skills
  • experience a wide range of online learning tools

Physics HL

Part of the IB subject group 4, Sciences, Physics HL is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences, as it seeks to explain the universe itself from the very smallest particles to the vast distances between galaxies.

Themes covered through the course

The course covers energy, movement, measurement, electricity and magnetism, nuclear physics, waves and cosmology.

Activities and assessment

Students will undertake a variety of activities in the Physics course, ranging from classroom based discussions and group work to online interactives, formative assignments, wiki/collaborative activities and journals. Students are assessed through a single individual investigation as well as three written papers. The investigation may involve a hands-on approach, use of databases, modelling, simulation or a hybrid. Student work is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB.

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed in Physics HL, we recommend students commit four hours per week. How much of the course material is covered in the classroom and how much via independent learning is flexible and to be decided by the school teacher.

Benefits to students

Taking Physics HL will enable students to:

  • gain an understanding of the chemical principles underpinning both the physical environment in which we live and all biological systems
  • develop their observational, analytical and collaborative skills
  • consume course content outside of the classroom, including formative exercises and interactive activities
  • become independent learners and develop time-management skills
  • experience a wide range of online learning tools

Extended Essay

Our Extended Essay resources assist IB World Schools in providing a consistently high level of support to their students in order to complete this significant part of their Diploma.

Syllabus

Designed by a former IB Core Subject manager, your students will benefit from our exceptional resources, helping them to explore one of the six subjects they are studying in depth.

Divided into eight, our Extended Essay modules are flexible, allowing schools to align them to their own academic calendar.

The 8 modules

  • Module 1 – What is the Extended Essay?
  • Module 2 – Research
  • Module 3 – Choosing the Subject and Research Quest
  • Module 4 – Essay Plan and Introduction
  • Module 5 – Writing Sections of the Essay
  • Module 6 – Completion of Full Draft
  • Module 7 – Final Submission
  • Module 8 – Viva Voce

Assessment and activities

Each module has clear objectives, activities and an opportunity for students to review their work. There are no activities to be assessed during the course; instead, a clear programme of supervision aligned to the IB guidelines is set out to ensure that EE remains entirely owned by the student; the student’s own work and their ownership of the process is crucial.

Theory of Knowledge

Course Start Date: Available to both May and November Sessions

Duration: 53 Weeks

Online Course

Our course combines high quality, IB-approved content focusing on the Ways of Knowing and the Areas of Knowledge defined by the IB with access to all relevant materials.

What is Theory of Knowledge?

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a core component of the IB Diploma Programme; it plays an essential part in practicing the IB philosophy and inviting students to reflect on their learning. The IB defines Theory of Knowledge as “providing an opportunity for students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know”.

Benefits to students

Upon completion of course, students should be able to:

  • Analyse knowledge claims and respond to knowledge issues in the context of different areas of knowledge and Ways of Knowing
  • Express ideas accurately and honestly, using examples from their own experiences as learners and from their broader life experience

Activities

The course material conveys the theoretical foundation of essential concepts or questions, while providing an environment in which these concepts can be discussed and debated. There are opportunities for collaboration through the development of wikis and class projects, as well as the use of blogs and discussion forums.

Content calendar

Preparation time for the essay and presentation is included.

Weeks 1 – 6:Introduction
Weeks 7 – 12:The Arts
Weeks 13 – 18:Mathematics
Weeks 19 – 24:History
Weeks 25 – 30:Ethics
Weeks 31 – 36:Natural Sciences
Weeks 37 – 42:Human Science
Weeks 43, 45, 46:Overview of Ways of Knowing
Weeks 44, 47 – 49:The Essay
Weeks 50 – 53:The Presentation

Assessment

Summative assessments in the form of essay or presentation occur at the end of each unit (each six weeks). Specific time is allotted in the final weeks to complete a final essay and presentation. Formative assessments include writing in blogs, journals and discussion forums throughout the course.

Business Management SL

Part of the IB subject group 3, Individuals and Societies, Business Management SL is a rigorous and dynamic course that explores how business decision-making processes impact on internal and external environments. In turn, it will explore how decision-making processes themselves are affected by internal and external environments.

Themes covered through the course

The course covers business organisation and environment, human resources, accounting and finance, marketing, and operations management.

Activities and assessment

The Business Management course includes the following activities: discussions and online debates, creating wikis, writing and maintaining a blog, readings and case studies on current topics, and project work (individually and in groups).

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed in Business Management SL, we recommend students set aside five to six hours a week.

Benefits to students

Taking Business Management SL will enable students to:

  • develop their understanding of business theory, as well as the ability to apply business principles, practices and skills
  • encounter a wider range of international contexts in business
  • become experienced in a wide range of technical and social tools
  • develop 21st century skills like time management, communication and digital literacy which are much in demand by employers

French ab initio

Part of the IB Diploma Programme subject group 2, Language Acquisition, French ab initio is recommended for students who have little or no experience of learning French. Our course content is designed to be challenging, engaging and a positive educational experience for each student.

Themes covered through the course

The French ab initio course aims to develop the receptive, productive and interactive skills to a high level of communicative competence. Our course content provides a solid grammar and vocabulary framework and is organized into three themes (individual and society; leisure and work; urban and rural environment) made up of a series of 20 topics.

Through the study of these themes, the students are able to practice grammatical structures and vocabulary and explore the language whilst developing an intercultural understanding. By developing the range of receptive, productive and interactive skills, the students become able to communicate and interact in a range of everyday situations. These skills equip the student with the necessary skills to achieve the assessment objectives of the French ab initio course.

Activities and assessment

French ab initio students may be involved in many different forms of communication and exposed to a wide variety of texts. They will be encouraged to get involved in class discussions about written texts, informal conversations, everyday scenarios and emails. Students are expected to develop accuracy and fluency in expression and control over vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and intonation.

A range of texts are accessed in the course. Language skills are not developed in isolation but through the use of a wide range of contemporary materials such as web pages, advertisements, newspaper and magazine articles, catalogues, forms, instructions, and much more.

Assessment will be both formative and summative and fully in accordance with IB criteria.

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed in French ab initio SL, we recommend students commit five to six hours a week.

Benefits to students

Taking French ab initio will enable students to:

  • develop their receptive, productive and interactive skills
  • learn with students and teachers from around the world
  • function successfully in a French-speaking environment
  • develop an appreciation of the cultural riches of French-speaking communities
  • greatly expand their possibilities for work, entertainment and travel

Spanish ab initio

Part of the IB Diploma Programme subject group 2, Language Acquisition, Spanish ab initio is a course for students with no previous formal experience of learning Spanish. It will enable them to communicate with people from a new culture and make the most of any time they spend in Spain and Latin America.

Topics covered through the course

Spanish ab initio not only covers essential vocabulary and grammar, but also key elements of Hispanic life and culture such as food, leisure, family relationships and entertainment.

Activities and assessment

Activities include discussions, creating presentations, learning from videos, contributing to blogs and wikis as well as handwriting practice and exciting interactive tasks. The emphasis is on learning actively together. Of course, there will be some traditional activities such as essay writing and oral practice to prepare for the exams.

Assessment will be both formative and summative and fully in accordance with IB criteria.

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed in Spanish ab initio, we recommend students commit five to six hours a week.

Benefits to students

Taking Spanish ab initio will enable students to:

  • develop their receptive, productive and interactive skills
  • function successfully in a Spanish-speaking environment
  • develop an appreciation of the cultural riches of the Hispanic world
  • greatly expand their possibilities for work, entertainment and travel

Mathematics SL

Part of the IB subject group 5, Mathematics SL is a course for students with a good background in mathematics and strong analytical and technical skills. Some students will be expecting to include mathematics in their university studies, either as a subject in its own right or within courses such as physics, engineering and technology. The course is also for students who have a strong interest in mathematics and enjoy meeting its challenges.

Topics covered through the course

The core topics of the class are algebra, functions and equations, trigonometry, calculus, vectors, probability and statistics.

Activities and assessment

Some activities assess student achievement against IB criteria. These include problem sets, self-assessed quizzes, teacher assessed tests, investigations, modelling activities, and exams.

These assessments use IB standards and allow students to understand their mathematical progress and attainment.

Learning is also supported with discussion forums, blogging, email, pager and weekly live lessons in the online classroom.

These are assessed against Pamoja rubrics that allow students to monitor the quality of their interaction and engagement with the course.

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed, we recommend students commit seven to ten hours a week.

Benefits to students

Taking Mathematics SL will enable students to:

  • take a course written by some of the best IB mathematics teachers in the world
  • develop independence in learning and time-management
  • develop their ability to work in a connected world
  • become experienced in a wide range of online learning tools
  • better cope with higher education where more and more courses are online

Part of the IB Diploma subject group 6, the arts, Film SL develops students’ skills so that they become adept in interpreting and making film texts.

Through the analysis of film texts and exercises in film-making, the course explores film history, theory and socio-economic background. It also develops students’ critical abilities, enabling them to appreciate the variety of cultural and historical perspectives in film.

What is different in taking Film SL online?

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • choose an art class that may not be offered at their school
  • study alongside students from around the world
  • exchange ideas with people from very different backgrounds
  • use technology much more than in a face-to-face environment, especially in their communication tools
  • add flexibility to their timetable

 

Topics covered through the course

These can be split into three categories:

Textual analysis
Topics include the language of Film, mise-en-scene, costume, music, cinematography, lighting and camera movement. These are studies in the context of the prescribed film for the Film SL course. These films include Psycho, Breathless, The 400 Blows, Ikiru, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Blade Runner, Pan's Labyrinth, Children of Men and Metropolis.

Film history and theory
Topics include early cinema, German expressionism, musicals of the 30s and 40s, Italian neo-realism, film noir, French new wave, Japanese cinema, Mexican cinema, gender theory, auteur theory, Marxist cinema, and psychoanalytical film theory.

Film production
There are several practical production projects. These short films (1-2 minutes) usually focus on a particular area of the creative process, such as lighting, editing, how to film a dinner table conversation, diegetic and Foley sound, and the visual interpretation of a poem.

Activities and assessment

Every activity has its own assessment rubric. Students may create a one-minute video without dialogue that includes at least two characters and a dinner table; create a Twilight Zone film where a character transitions between different places and time periods that are unconnected in reality; recreate a scene from a favourite film; film the same location twice (the second time light and design the location to recreate a place typical of a chosen genre of film); record an analysis of how film language creates meaning in a five-minute extract from a film; create a storyboard; or create a map showing camera placement, lighting, and actor movement in a scene.

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed, we recommend students set aside five to six hours a week.
Students will need a video camera or DSLR that has manual focus, a sturdy tripod and editing software such as iMovie, Final Cut or Premiere, as basic requirements. A lighting kit and recording device (handheld or microphone) would be excellent additions.

Benefits to students

Taking Film SL online will enable students to:

  • enhance their passion for the subject
  • deepen their understanding of the how and why of filmmaking
  • develop intercultural understanding which is sought by the world’s top universities
  • develop 21st century skills like time management, communication and digital literacy which are much in demand by employers