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Theory of Knowledge IB at Bridgwater College

Course description

Theory of Knowledge is a core area of study which all students studying towards the International Baccalaureate Diploma will be required to undertake. A final grade in Theory of Knowledge is necessary to receive the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Course content

The main question in Theory of Knowledge is ‘How do you know?'. Course content is divided into the following areas:

Knowers and Knowing

What is Knowledge? How does knowledge differ from belief? What is the difference between knowledge, information and wisdom? Should we seek the truth at any price, or are there some things it would be better not to know?

Ways of Knowing

Sense perception, language, reason and emotion.

Areas of Knowledge

Mathematics, the natural sciences, the human sciences, history, the arts and ethics.

Entry requirements

Six GCSEs at grade C or above in a broad range of subjects, including English, Mathematics and a Science, with Grade A*, A or B in subjects appropriate to Higher Level options. A good standard of written and spoken English is required.


Internal Assessment

Students will prepare and give a ten minute oral presentation on a question of knowledge, based on one or more of the topics studied as part of their Theory of Knowledge course. The presentation should be accompanied by a written self-evaluation report.

External Assessment

Students will also be required to produce an essay of 1,200-1,600 words on a topic chosen from a list of ten prescribed questions provided by the International Baccalaureate Organisation. This will be marked externally by an approved examiner.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bridgwater College directly.

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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