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Spanish (ab initio) (Standard) International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme at Notley High School and Braintree sixth form

Course description

This course aims to equip students with little or no prior experience of learning the language with the skills and confidence to cope in a range of everyday social situations. The language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) will be developed through prescribed topics covering the most common situations in everyday life.

Students will need to acquire the grammar and lexicon prescribed in the language-specific syllabus to improve their language understanding and usage. The students’ ability will be tested through text handling and written production (70%) as well as individual and interactive oral activities (30%). Students will be taught not only about the mother country of the language, but also about other communities where the language is spoken in order to extend their cultural awareness.

What is an IB Diploma?

Students on the IB Diploma study six subjects, and follow three core development programmes. The six subjects must be chosen from carefully defined groups of subjects so that students will all include English, Maths, a second language, a science and a humanity amongst their studies.

The nine parts of the diploma (6 subjects + 3 core development programmes) are as follows:

Subject 1: the main fluent language

Subject 2: a second language which can be studied at a more advanced level (language B) or at a beginner’s level

Subject 3: a subject from the Individuals and Societies group of subjects. This is broadly humanities

Subject 4: a science subject. This includes both traditional separate sciences as well as a combined science and geography course (Environmental Systems)

Subject 5: a Maths subject                         

Subject 6: an arts subject or a second subject from one of the other 5 groups of subjects

Core 1: an extended essay of 4000 words which students write on a topic of their own choice

Core 2: a ToK (Theory of Knowledge) course which involves learning about the nature of knowledge and its limitations

Core 3: CAS (Creativity, Action, Service). This is a personal development programme which students follow, typically for an afternoon a week over the two year course. Students must involve themselves in activities which develop their creativity, their active involvement and their community service

Entry requirements

The Students must have little or no experience of the language they intend to study.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Notley High School and Braintree sixth form directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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