Course Selections at UWC Atlantic College within the International Baccalaureate Framework

All students at UWC Atlantic College are required to study six academic subjects taken from the International Baccalaureate 16-19 curriculum [see Table below]. Students completing the full IB Diploma Programme are required to study six subjects that follow a particular pattern. They must choose three subjects at Higher Level and three subjects at Standard Level. They must select one subject from groups 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.  They can then select either one subject from group six or another subject from groups 1 to 5.  In addition students have to complete a course in Theory of Knowledge, the Extended Essay and the Creativity Action Service programme which is embraced within the experiential part of the Atlantic Diploma.

Certain combinations of subjects make more sense than others and students will be advised on arrival on what best suits their interests and aspirations.  A student, for instance, wanting to study engineering at university would need higher level Maths and Physics.  A student interested in medicine would select higher level Chemistry and normally two other higher level sciences or higher level Maths.  Tutors will guide students through the process of selection.

Students are not encouraged to take 7 subjects or 4 Highers due to the demands of the curriculum. However this may be possible under certain conditions, such as an arts subject in Group 6.

Table

 

Group 1

 

The Student’s Best Language

 

Group 2

 

Second Language

Group 3

 

Individuals and Society

Group 4

 

Experimental Sciences

Group 5

 

Mathematics

Group 6

 

The Arts

& Electives

Higher Level

English Literature

English Language and Literature

French

German

Norwegian

Spanish

English B

French B

German B

Spanish B

Economics

Geography

Global Politics

History

Social and Cultural Anthropology

Biology

Chemistry

Design Technology

Physics

Further Mathematics

Mathematics HL

Music

Visual    Arts

Standard Level

English  Literature

English Language and Literature

 

Chinese

French

German

Norwegian

Spanish

Self-taught *1

English B

French B

German B

Spanish B

 

Arabic ab initio

French         ab initio

Mandarin ab initio

Spanish        ab initio

Economics

Environmental Systems and Societies*2

Geography

Global Politics

History

Social and Cultural Anthropology

World Religions

Biology*3

Chemistry

Environmental

Systems and Societies*2

Physics

Sports, Exercise and Health Science *3

 

Mathematics

Mathematical Studies

Music

Visual Arts

*1The IB and the College provide the opportunity for students to carry on with their mother tongue language by providing teacher supported self-taught options.

*2 Environmental Systems and Societies is a transdisciplinary course. This means that students meet the requirements for groups 3 and 4 in one course and have more choice for their fifth and sixth subject as a consequence.

*3 Biology / Sports, Exercise and Health Science may not be studied together.

The college may under certain circumstances review any course with less than five students in the class.

 

 

providing teacher supported self-taught options.

*2 Environmental systems and societies is a transdisciplinary course. This means that students meet the requirements for groups 3 and 4 in one course and have more choice for their fifth and sixth subject as a consequence.


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