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IB Global Politics at King Ethelbert School

Course description

Our world is constantly changing and developing around us, impacting people on personal, national and global levels. This course studies the complex political challenges of the 21st century and aims to make sense of our roles as active citizens. The central theme of the course is ‘people, power and politics’ and focuses on people as well as politics at a state level. This course reflects the IB emphasis on the international dimension and looks at examples and case studies from a number of social and cultural backgrounds. 

Course content

Units covered include:

-          Power, Sovereignty and International Relations.

-          Human Rights.

-          Development.

-          Peace and Conflict. 

Entry requirements

Admission to the IBCP will be as a result of applicants obtaining a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade 9-4 or equivalent, including a grade 5 in both Maths and English Language, and a 5 grade or equivalent in the subject to be taken in the L3 Careers Related Study. Priority will be given to existing pupils transferring from Year 11 who meet the entrance criteria.


External assessment (3 hours) 75%
Paper one (1 h 15 min) 30%
Stimulus-based paper based on a topic from one of the four core units 
Four compulsory short-answer/structured questions (25 marks) 
Paper two (1 h 45 min) 45%
Extended response paper based on the four core units. Students must write two essays from a choice of eight, each selected from a different core unit (50 marks) 
Internal assessment (20 hours) 
This component is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB at the end of the course. 
Engagement activity 
A written report (2,000-word maximum) on a political issue explored through engagement and research (20 marks) 

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: 08 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years