All students studying with us are well prepared to go on to study the International Baccalaureate (IB) for Sixth Form. Preparation for the IB is an integral part of our innovative TRACK programme.
TRACK: Theory of Research, Active Citizenship & Knowledge
This is an innovative part of the curriculum for all students at the International School.
Studying this programme ensures they are on the right track to develop key skills for future studies in the UK or abroad including the International Baccalaureate.
- Global Citizenship
- Community Action and Service
- Theory of Knowledge
- Project work: student research a topic area (homelessness, language and communication, food, water and the environment) and work as a team, researching causes of the particular problem, a negotiated and agreed viable plan, and some form of meaningful action
- Extended Project (Level 1 or 2): students choose an area of own academic research (optional)
Part of the TRACK programme will focus on the specific demands if the IB and prepare students for this. This part of the course will include:
- the key differences between A Level and IB;
- the IB philosophy;
- different learning styles;
- world views and the Theory of Knowledge;
- how knowledge is acquired and study skills;
- research skills including referencing;
- essay writing skills including planning and note making;
- the difference between belief and knowledge;
- evaluating sources and assessing “truth”;
- ways of knowing, including emotional intelligence;
- different writing styles;
- how to construct a reasoned argument;
- language and communication;
- how to present information;
- time management.
Pre-IB students will also take between 5 – 8 GCSEs and IGCSEs and together these courses will equip them for the IB Diploma at an IB school or for A Level success should they decide to stay at d’Overbroeck’s. We are also happy to give advice and help to students on our Pre-IB course with the examinations and interviews needed for entry into IB schools in the UK and elsewhere. Students on this course may also choose to return home to rejoin their own education system, in which case they will have gained excellent English, excellent student skills and internationally recognised qualifications which will be useful for the future.