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Environmental Systems & Societies (IB Standard Level) at Bexley Grammar School

Course description

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.

Course content

Topic 1—Systems and Models

Topic 2—Ecosystem

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.

Entry requirements




The assessment of these topics will consist of two written papers


Weighting (%)


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.

1. Planning
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.

Further information

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.

Last updated date: 30 September 2016
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