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International Baccalaureate - Environmental Systems and Societies - Standard only at The Rochester Grammar School

Course description

ESS is an interdisciplinary group 3 and 4 course that is offered only at standard level (SL). As an interdisciplinary course, ESS places emphasis on human attitudes to the environment and on the interrelationships between the natural environmental and human activities.l Therefore it bridges the gap between the experimental sciences and individual and societies.

As a transdisciplinary course Environmental Systems and Societies it places emphasis on human attitudes to the environment and on the interrelationships between the natural environment and human activities. Therefore it bridges the gap between the experimental sciences and individual and societies.

Course content

Environmental systems provides the core methodology of the course. It is amplified by other sources, such as economic, historical, cultural, socio-political and scientific, to provide a holistic perspective on environmental issues.

The aims of the course are:

  1. acquire the knowledge and understanding of environmental systems at a vareity of scales
  2. apply the knowledge, methodologies and skills to analyse environemntal sysems and issues at a vareity of scales.
  3. appreicate the dynamic interconnectedness between environmental sysems and societies
  4. value the combination of personal, local and global perspectives in making informed decisions and taking responsible actions on environmental issues.
  5. be critically aware that resources are finite, and that these could be inequitably distributed and exploited, and that management of these inequities is the key to sustainability
  6. develop awareness of the diversity of environmental value systems
  7. develop critical awareness that environmental problems are caused and solved by decisions made by individuals and societies that are based on different areas of knowledge
  8. engage with controversies that surround a variety of environemntal isseus
  9. create innovative solutions to environmental issues by engaging actively in local and global contexts

Entry requirements

A GCSE Science grade B or Core and Additional Science at B/B is required for entry onto this course.

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In order to gain access to The RGS Sixth Form, students must obtain 5 GCSE grades at A*-B (5+) including English Language and Mathematics.

Future opportunities

Through these aims by the end of the course students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of information, terminology, concepts, methodologies and skills with regards to environmental issues; apply and use information, terminology, concepts, methodologies and skills with regard to environmental issues; synthesize, analyse and evaluate research questions, hypotheses, methods and scientific explanations with regard to environmental issues and finally using a holistic approach, make reasoned and balance judgments using appropriate economic, historical, cultural, socio-political and scientific sources.

Further information

'The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.'

IB learners are:

- Enquirers
- Knowledgeable
- Risk-takers
- Thinkers
- Good communicators
- Principled
- Open-minded
- Reflective

The ideal IB student will also have acquired a sense of caring and compassion, and will recognise the importance of a balance between his/her intellectual, physical and emotional needs.

If you require any further information please contact Miss Hemming at The Rochester Grammar School.

If you wish to study at The Rochester Grammar School, please apply directly to the school.

 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Rochester Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 02 December 2016
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