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 2]. 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 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 about the combination that best meets their interest and aspirations. Any student, for example, wanting to study Engineering at University would have to select higher level Maths and Physics. A student who was interested in Medicine would have to select higher level Chemistry and normally would do two other higher level Sciences or higher level Maths. The school does its best to allow students as free a choice as possible but scheduling constraints will mean that it is not possible to study certain combinations of subjects. The college may in certain circumstances review any course with less than five students in the class. Students cannot change courses after an initial period of six weeks unless, with the agreement of their teachers, this involves switching a subject from standard to higher level and balancing this with a change of another course from higher to standard. This option is possible until the end of the first term.
Table 2: Subject Choices at UWC Atlantic College
The Student‘s Best Language
Individuals and Society
The Arts & Electives
English HL [Literature]
English HL [Language and Literature]
English B HL
French B HL
Spanish B HL
German B HL
Global Politics HL*5
Social and Cultural Anthropology HL
Design Technology HL
Visual Arts HL
English SL [Literature]
English SL [Language and Literature]
English B SL
French B SL
Spanish B SL
German B SL
Spanish ab initio SL
French ab initio SL
Arabic ab initio SL
Environmental Systems and Societies SL *2
Global Politics SL*5
Political Philosophy SL*5
Social and Cultural Anthropology SL
World Relgions SL
Environmental Systems and Societies *2
Sports, Excercise and Health Science SL*3
Sustainable Technology SL*4
Mathematical Studies SL
Visual Arts SL
the College provide the opportunity for students to carry on with their mother tongue language by
*1 the 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.
*4 Sustainable technology is a new Standard level Design & technology course.
*5 Global Politics / Political Philosophy may not be studied together.
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.