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IB Diploma Environmental Systems and Societies - Block C @ The Leigh Academy at LAT16 Leigh

Course description

The prime intent of this course is to provide students with a coherent perspective of the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies; one that enables them to adopt an informed personal response to the wide range of pressing environmental issues that they will inevitably come to face.

It is intended that students develop a sound understanding of the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies, rather than a purely journalistic appreciation of environmental issues.

Course content

● Topic 1: Systems and models

● Topic 2: The ecosystem

● Topic 3: Human population, carrying capacity and resource use

● Topic 4: Conservation and biodiversity

● Topic 5: Pollution management

● Topic 6: The issue of global warming

● Topic 7: Environmental value systems

Entry requirements


  • 5+ A*-C (9-4) grades in GCSEs
  • Grade 6 in Mathematics
  • B in Double or Triple Science


The Diploma Programme primarily focuses on summative assessment designed to record student achievement at, or towards the end of, the course of study.

Paper 1

Paper 1 is made up of short-answer and data-based questions.

Paper 2

Paper 2 consists of two sections, A and B.

In section A, students will be provided with a range of data in a variety of forms relating to a specific case study. Students are required to make reasoned and balanced judgments by analysing this data.

In section B, students are required to answer two structured essay questions from a choice of four.

The external assessment consists of two written papers and is worth 80% of the final assessment. A calculator is required for both papers.

Future opportunities

This course will prepare you for an Undergraduate degree course at University.


Careers could include:

  • Environment Agency
  • Nature Conservation Officer
  • Waste Management
  • Environmental Consultant

Further information

Ian Booth, DoL Science

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 03 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years