This course provides the study skills, concepts and work ethic required for success at the International Baccalaureate Diploma and from there into Higher Education. It is useful for all students, whichever route their further education will take. However, in keeping with its title, the course uses the vocabulary and themes of the IB, with a focus on the IB philosophy of learning, the Theory of Knowledge course and the essay writing skills needed for the IB Extended Essay.
- 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.
This course is linked to our Global Citizenship IGCSE course and taken together give students a thorough preparation for success in the academically rigorous and internationally recognised IB Diploma.
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.