The IB Diploma is highly valued by universities and employers worldwide. Its unique combination of breadth with depth provides superb preparation for further study and the world of work. The St. Clare’s, Oxford IB Introduction course provides students with an invaluable head start on their own IB Diploma course.
Students taking this course will:
- Develop skills vital for success in the Diploma programme
- Meet the three main styles of literature
- Be introduced to the Theory of Knowledge
- Develop “hands on” practical science skills
- Collaborate with others in the CAS / Arts project
- Receive professional careers guidance
Devised, developed and delivered by our own highly experienced IB Diploma staff, this is a three week course which exploits the full range of IB Diploma specific facilities in England’s longest established IB World School. Activities based around the theory of knowledge and international mindedness are embedded throughout the programme.
Week 1: Language and Literature
Teaching groups are arranged according to English ability. The three main genres of literature are introduced – using a Shakespeare play as the central focus. The week culminates with an open air, live performance of the play in an Oxford college.
Week 2: Science and Arts
Students choose from practical Biology, Chemistry or Physics in the well-equipped specialist science laboratories. In the CAS / Arts project students collaborate in small groups to devise and develop a performance, drawing themes from the previous week’s work on Shakespeare.
Week 3: Mathematics and Humanities
An introduction to IB Mathematics in groups according to ability. A choice of history, psychology, or economics classes. “Spare” time is devoted to putting the final touches to the CAS / Arts project ready for a performance to other students on the penultimate day of the course.