Environmental Systems & Societies (IB Standard Level) at Bexley Grammar School
The main aims of this course are to promote the understanding of environmental issues and processes from a local to a global scale and appreciate the link that human society has. The course is only studied at Standard Level and is a transdisciplinary* subject ie Group 3 or 4.
Topic 1—Systems and Models
Topic 3—Human Population,carrying capacity and resource use
Topic 4—Conservation and biodiversity
Topic 5—Pollution management
Topic 6—Issues of global warming
Topic 7—Environmental values system
Topic 8—Human systems and resource use
There is a focus on practical work with students completing a minimum of 30 hours of practical work and their own research project.
The assessment of these topics will consist of two written papers
Paper 1 (1 hour)
30% (45 marks)
Short answer questions.
Paper 2 (2 hours)
50% (65 marks)
Section A: Data based questions and short answer questions.
Section B: Extended response questions
For this the following skills are tested twice throughout the course in at least 30 hours of practical time.
2. Data collection and processing
3. Discussion, Evaluation and Conclusion
4. Personal Skills
To help with this, Environmental Systems students attend a residential field trip. At present, this is a 4 day trip to Juniper Hall in November in Year 13.
Environmental Systems is a trans-disciplinary subject in that it fulfils the subject requirements for group 3 and group 4. Students taking this subject can have greater flexibility in their subject choices for their Diploma. e.g. a student may choose: group 1 (English A1), group 2 (languages; 3 levels available), group 3/4 Environment Systems, group 5 Maths (three levels available). Choosing environmental systems then allows the student their remaining choices from any of the other subject groups e.g two science subjects, two arts subjects, etc.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bexley Grammar School directly.