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Group Four IB Environmental Systems & Societies SL Level 3 at Dartford Grammar School

Course description

Course Content:

Environmental Systems and Society includes 8 topics:

  • Systems and models - Concepts and characteristics of systems and their interactions.
  • The ecosystem - The structure of ecosystems; measuring components of the system, biomes, changes and measuring changes.
  • Human populations, carrying capacity and resource use - Population dynamics, resources use and environmental demands of human populations.
  • Conservation and biodiversity - Biodiversity in ecosystems, its vulnerability, evaluation and conservation.
  • Pollution management - The types and nature of pollution, its management, detecting and monitoring.
  • The issue of global warming - The greenhouse effect.
  • Environmental value systems and philosophies - Development of modern environmental philosophies, with comparisons of different society approaches.
  • Theory of knowledge - Holistic overview of all topics using case studies of various topics.

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to achieve at least 3 A grades and 4 B grades at GCSE. They will be required to have A grades in the subjects they are going to study at Higher Level (A* grade in Mathematics). In the case of a subject not studied at GCSE, a grade A will be required in a related subject.



At the end of the course there will be 2 papers:

Paper 1: a short answer and data-response questions (30%).

Paper 2: Section A, a case study; section B two structured essay questions (50%).

During the course there will be an internal assessment on practical work completed according to internal assessment criteria (20%). Throughout the two years there will also be a range of material set that will be used to assess students understanding and progress through each topic studied.

Further information

What skills I will gain?

There is a vast range of practical skills that will be learnt throughout the course, these range from sampling techniques, field work investigation strategies to statistical analysis of data collected. Students will learn how to evaluate evidence from a range of sources and use it to make informed decisions, create structured discussions and balanced arguments. These skills will be important as they will encounter many decisions in their later life related to the environment and issues surrounding it.


Why do this subject and where will it lead?


Environmental systems and societies cover many of the most important topics that face future generations with regards to the protection and conservation of our environment. It will provide you with a critical awareness of the diversity of approaches to the environment and its protection or maintenance. It will give you a range of skills that will be useful in undergraduate fields of Science and Ecology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years