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

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

Philosophy SL

Part of the IB subject group 3, Individuals and Societies, Philosophy SL is a course that tackles questions important to humanity. For example, what is it to be a human being and how do I know what is the right thing to do?
Students learn how to think systematically, analyse arguments, and study philosophical themes. They also look at problems facing contemporary society, including those resulting from increased international interaction.

What is different in taking Philosophy SL online?

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • study alongside students from around the world
  • exchange ideas with people from very different philosophical backgrounds
  • access source material in a variety of media
  • learn at their own pace and in a location of their choice

 

Some things won’t be different though. Standards and expectations will be just as high as in a face to face classroom.

Themes covered through the course

IB Philosophy SL covers major philosophical themes such as moral values, relativism, utilitarianism as well as major philosophical thinkers such as Plato, Socrates, Hegel and Iris Murdoch.
Students look at questions such as: are human beings special? Are we free and are human beings naturally selfish? They also get the chance to study an optional theme of their own choice.

Activities and assessment

Activities include watching videos, reading notes, independent research, listening to podcasts by leading philosophers, writing personal reflections, essay writing, analysing and evaluating texts, external websites, or online discussions with classmates.
Students take quizzes and carry out activities for authentic examination preparation.

Advice from our teachers

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

Benefits to students

Taking Philosophy SL online will enable students to:

  • sharpen their intellectual skills
  • develop perspectives that encompass cultural pluralism and an awareness of the international context within which it unfolds
  • 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

Psychology HL

Part of the IB subject group 3, Individuals and Societies, Psychology is the systematic study of behaviour and mental processes. Psychology has a variety of research designs and applications, and provides a unique approach to understanding modern society.

What is different in taking Psychology HL online?

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • access source material in a variety of media
  • learn, practice and review much more at their own pace than in a traditional classroom
  • study alongside students from around the world
  • gain experience of using the latest online learning tools
  • regularly communicate with teachers and fellow students

 

Some things won’t be different though. Standards and expectations will be just as high as in a face to face classroom.

Topics covered through the course

The core of the psychology course comprises the study of the biological level of analysis, the cognitive level of analysis and the sociocultural level of analysis.
There is also an investigation of research methodology. Students undertake the optional studies of Abnormal Psychology and the Psychology of Human Relationships.

Activities and assessment

A typical week in IB Psychology would involve a reading assignment and an activity that requires students to engage with the content of the course, for example a discussion forum, a blog post or a worksheet. Students will generally undertake one to two wiki assignments, which are collaborative tasks that the whole class works on. Once a semester students will complete a group project. Lastly students will be assigned IB style assessment tasks once they have mastered the course content of each of the units of study. The Internal Assessment that is assigned involves conducting a psychological experiment and writing a report.

There are two types of assessment in IB Psychology. Formative assessment focuses on student engagement and involvement in the course activities such as the discussion forums and wikis, blog posts and worksheets. These activities are designed to consolidate student understanding of course content.

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed in Psychology HL, we recommend students set aside six to eight hours a week.

Benefits to students

Taking Psychology HL online will enable students to:

  • access a rich source of information about factors that influence human behaviour
  • develop their understanding of people in general and themselves in particular
  • acquire effective work habits to regulate their own learning
  • become experienced in a wide range of technical and social tools

Psychology SL

Part of the IB subject group 3 individuals and societies, Psychology is the systematic study of behaviour and mental processes. Psychology has a variety of research designs and applications, and provides a unique approach to understanding modern society.

What is different in taking Psychology SL online?

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • access source material in a variety of media
  • learn, practice and review much more at their own pace than in a traditional classroom
  • study alongside students from around the world
  • gain experience of using the latest online learning tools
  • regularly communicate with teachers and fellow students

 

Some things won’t be different though. Standards and expectations will be just as high as in a face to face classroom.

Topics covered through the course

The core of the psychology course comprises the study of the biological level of analysis, the cognitive level of analysis and the sociocultural level of analysis.
There is also an investigation of research methodology and students will undertake an optional study of Abnormal Psychology.

Activities and assessment

A typical week in IB Psychology would involve a reading assignment and an activity that requires students to engage with the content of the course, for example a discussion forum, a blog post or a worksheet. Students will generally undertake one to two wiki assignments, which are collaborative tasks that the whole class works on. Once a semester students will complete a group project. Lastly students will be assigned IB style assessment tasks once they have mastered the course content of each of the units of study. The Internal Assessment that is assigned involves conducting a psychological experiment and writing a report.

There are two types of assessment in IB Psychology. Formative assessment focuses on student engagement and involvement in the course activities such as the discussion forums and wikis, blog posts and worksheets. These activities are designed to consolidate student understanding of course content.

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed in Psychology SL, we recommend students set aside four to six hours a week.

Benefits to students

Taking Psychology SL online will enable students to:

  • access a rich source of information about factors that influence human behaviour
  • develop their understanding of people in general and themselves in particular
  • acquire effective work habits to regulate their own learning
  • become experienced in a wide range of technical and social tools

Part of the IB subject group 3, Individuals and Societies, Information Technology in a Global Society looks at technological innovations and their social and ethical impact on the world today.

What is different in taking ITGS SL online?

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • develop an authentic experience with the IT that is discussed and evaluated
  • access source material in a variety of media
  • learn at their own pace and in a location of their choice
  • study alongside students from around the world
  • regularly communicate with teachers and fellow students

 

Some things won’t be different though. Standards and expectations will be just as high as in a face to face classroom.

Themes covered through the course

ITGS SL is focused on three main strands: social and ethical significance, application to specified scenarios, and IT systems.

Activities and assessment

Students will engage the course content in a variety of ways including in-depth research, group work and weekly discussions focused on essential questions. They will also work on the production of a real world project for an authentic client.
Students are assessed on variety of formats that range from simple statements to in-depth and complex essay writing. Assessment is fully in line with IB criteria.

Advice from our teachers

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

Benefits to students

Taking ITGS SL online will enable students to:

  • develop in-depth understanding of the trends of Information Technology
  • learn to write analytically with a global perspective in mind
  • 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

Part of the IB subject group 3, Individuals and Societies, Information Technology in a Global Society looks at technological innovations and their social and ethical impact on the world today.

What is different in taking ITGS HL online?

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • develop an authentic experience with the IT that is discussed and evaluated
  • access source material in a variety of media
  • learn at their own pace and in a location of their choice
  • study alongside students from around the world
  • regularly communicate with teachers and fellow students

 

Some things won’t be different though. Standards and expectations will be just as high as in a face to face classroom.

Themes covered through the course

ITGS HL is focused on three main strands: social and ethical significance, application to specified scenarios, and IT systems.
The HL course contains extension topics and an annually issued case study.

Activities and assessment

Students will engage the course content in a variety of ways including in-depth research, group work and weekly discussions focused on essential questions. They will also work on the production of a real world project for an authentic client.
Students are assessed on variety of formats that range from simple statements to in-depth and complex essay writing. Assessment is fully in line with IB criteria.

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed in ITGS HL, we recommend students set aside six to eight hours a week.

Benefits to students

Taking ITGS HL online will enable students to:

  • develop in-depth understanding of the trends of Information Technology
  • learn to write analytically with a global perspective in mind
  • 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

Economics SL

Part of the IB subject group 3 individuals and societies, Economics SL is the study of economic theory and its applications in the world today. Students interpret economic data and statistics, apply relevant theory, and demonstrate this knowledge using written prose, diagrams and economic terminology.

What is different in taking Economics SL online?

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • access source material in a variety of media
  • learn at their own pace and in a location of their choice
  • study alongside students from around the world
  • gain experience of using the latest online learning tools
  • regularly communicate with teachers and fellow students

 

Some things won’t be different though. Standards and expectations will be just as high as in a face to face classroom.

Themes covered through the course

Economics SL is divided into four sections:

  • microeconomics which covers competitive markets, elasticity, government intervention, and market failure
  • macroeconomics which looks at the level of overall economic activity, aggregate demand and aggregate supply, macroeconomic objectives, fiscal, monetary and supply-side policies
  • international economics which involves learning about international trade, exchange rate, the balance of payments and economic integration
  • development economics which looks at economic development and how it is measured, the role of domestic factors, international trade, foreign direct investment (FDI), foreign aid and multilateral development assistance and international debt, and finally the balance between markets and intervention

Activities and assessment

The emphasis is on learning actively together and activities include live online discussions, creating presentations, learning from videos and interactive exercises. Throughout the Economics SL course, students engage in online discussions, debates, article analysis, blogs and wiki activities and group research projects.
Students are assessed through the use of quizzes and tests. We also provide traditional activities such as essay writing to prepare them for the exams.
Assessment will be both formative and summative and in accordance with IB criteria.

Advice from our teachers

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

Benefits to students

Taking Economics SL online will enable students to:

  • learn real world applications of economic theory
  • understand how macro- and micro-economies work
  • meet and study with students and teachers from around the world.
  • 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