INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

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INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

Oak  House  International  Baccalaureate  pupils  are  resourceful,  resilient  and  able  to  research  and  evaluate information critically. They are helped to understand the view points of others, to develop an increasing awareness of the world around them and the demands of living in a global society. Oak House pupils leave the school as curious, confident and courteous individuals who are fully prepared to embrace life opportunities and have an international mindset.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, fully taught in English, (French and Spanish as a second language) is a balanced programme of international education which is spread over a 2 year course and involves rigorous external assessment.

It is a globally recognized programme which aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people and prepare them for success at university and life beyond.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) assesses students work as a direct evidence of achievement, and the final course assessments are checked by external examiners, contributing between 70% and 80% of the total mark.

The IB Programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities, opening doors to both foreign and private universities.

Programme structure

IB Diploma Programme is based on six core subjects, as well as an Extended Essay, The Theory of Knowledge and CAS (creativity – action – service).

THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE

This core element of the curriculum is assessed through an oral presentation and a 1600-word essay where students are asked to reflect on the nature of knowledge and its limits. IB offers students 10 questions to choose from in their exam, valued externally.

The TOK course is a demanding and challenging, taking up 100h of students’ time.

EXTENDED ESSAY

This single-disciplinary essay provides students with the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest, related to one of the six diplomas’ core subjects. This subject is proposed by the student, under guidance of a supervisor.

CAS (CREATIVITY – ACTION – SERVICE)

CAS is at the heart of the Diploma Programme and requires a 150h total dedication over the two-year course. Each student must write a diary, physical or digital, in which they describe their actions, reflect upon them and provide proof of their activities. CAS enables students to grow as unique individuals and to recognize their role in relation to others. Each student collaborates with a tutor and each IB College must provide a CAS coordinator.

SUBJECTS

  • Language and Literature: English, Spanish
  • Language acquisition: English, French, Spanish
  • Individuals and Societies: Economics, History, Psychology, Environmental Systems & Societies
  • Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Systems & Societies
  • Mathematics: Higher Mathematics, Standard Mathematics, Mathematics Studies
  • Arts (not obligatory): Theatre Studies

Further education options

Upon completion of their studies, Oak House School pupils have an extensive choice of further education options. Oak House pupils are self confident and willing to accept challenges and make the most of the opportunities on offer. Some pupils choose to continue their  studies  in  the  Spanish  university  system,  whilst  others  choose  British,  European  or  American  universities.  Both  the International Baccalaureate and the DBachillerato programmes prepare pupils to enter universities both in Spain and throughout the world.

Our university counsellor offers support to pupils when researching and considering university options. For those who choose to apply to  universities outside Spain, an additional application support service is offered.

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