IB Diploma Introduction

David Fowkes, Director of IB Summer Courses explains: Who is it for? Exclusively for students who will be starting an IB Diploma programme in the autumn of 2017.

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.

Principal's welcome

Andy Rattue - Principal of St Clares Oxford

I’m very pleased that you have decided to consider St Clare’s for your summer course. Whether you are aged 10-14, 15-17 or over 18 we have exactly the right range of courses to suit your needs. We have three separate campuses for our three age categories, so you are guaranteed to meet like-minded people and have fun socially. If you want to improve your spoken and written language skills, we cater for all levels of proficiency at all ages and you will be in a cohort in which more than 40 nationalities are represented, so English is most definitely the medium of social interaction as well as the focus of the classes. If you are already a confident English speaker, we also offer IB-related programmes which are designed to give you a head start if you are starting the IB Diploma soon. St Clare’s has immense expertise in this area as one of the longest-established IB providers in the world.

St Clare’s, Oxford is unique. We offer an exciting range of options in one of the world’s great centres of learning. Summer in Oxford is always special. I hope you decide to join the St Clare’s family.

Andy Rattue, Principal

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