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Last year marked our 10th year of running IB Revision Courses in Australia. There is a fantastic IB community in the region and we are honoured that schools and students have responded so well to the support we offer. 

Walford School, Adelaide 30 September - 7 October 2019
WHO IS IT FOR?
Students taking their final IBDP exams in November 2019

We are also running revision courses in Melbourne & Sydney from 1 to 20 July; click here for more details

 

WHAT MAKES OUR REVISION COURSES THE BEST

  • Experienced IB teachers who specialise in revision (93% are IB subject examiners).
  • Small classes of no more than 10 students.
  • 17.5 hours of teaching per subject per 2.5-day course.
  • Choose from up to 10 subjects.
  • Teachers prepare classes around the specific needs of the class.
  • Includes subject-specific exam prep resources.
  • Total immersion in one subject at a time.
  • Set and reviewed homework for private study outside class.

 

 

EXPERIENCED IB TEACHERS

You will be taught by an experienced IB teacher who is up-to-date with teaching and examining their subject. They will be familiar with the latest syllabus changes, the types of exam questions the IB are currently asking, and the latest expectations of the examiners.

IB REVISION SPECIALISTS

Your IB teachers are revision specialists, having developed effective and flexible approaches and materials over years of revision experience. They can confidently lead a group of students with different needs and grade expectations to improve their outcomes.

MEETING INDIVIDUAL NEEDS

Class content will be based on your questionnaires, and then adapted as questions arise during the class. Your teachers will have taught students across a range of abilities, and will understand what students find challenging. Additionally, the daily timetable is designed to support intensive study.


 

 

 

DATES & COURSE SCHEDULE

 

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 Adelaide
Courses123
September / October30 - 22 - 45 - 7
Registration07:30 - 08:15  12:30 - 13:15  07:30 - 08:15  
Finish time12:3017:0012:30
Biology HLBio HL
Chemistry HLChem HL
Chemistry SLChem SL
Economics HLEcon HL
English A: Literature HL/SLEng A Lit H/S
History HL/SLHist HL/SL
Mathematics SLMaths SL
Physics HLPhys HL
Physics SLPhys SL
Psychology HL/SLPsyc HL/SL

 

 


 

PLEASE NOTE:
In order to keep class sizes as small as possible and ensure you are in the best class for your academic needs, we may change the order in which you take your subjects.

 

Interested in our Melbourne & Sydney revision courses? Click here.

 

 

OSC APPROACH TO TEACHING

  • You will be asked to complete an online questionnaire for each of your selected subjects. This allows you to tell the teacher which areas of the syllabus you particularly need to review and which options you would like to cover.
  • Our teachers will take you through the syllabus and work with you on the key points you need to know.
  • They will help you with your academic problems, answer all your questions and help you perfect your exam technique.
  • Priority will be given to the core syllabus – options will be covered as time allows.
  • Your teachers will set tests, exercises, and exam questions to complete outside class. This enables you to consolidate the syllabus content and exam skills you have learned so far, and to prepare for the next day's classes when your teachers will review your work with you.

Read more about our approach to each subject:

BIOLOGY HL

Biology – the stuff of life. It’s a fascinating subject, but there are so many concepts to remember! OSC’s Biology HL Revision Course helps you manage the course content and gain a secure understanding of the syllabus.

This class covers topics in the Core and AHL (Additional Higher Level) parts of the syllabus and builds your confidence through rigorous preparation for Papers 1 and 2. You may choose to study DNA replication, photosynthesis, or something else – we let the class decide which topics to focus on. You will also be guided through Section A of Paper 3, on practical work, such as measuring the rate of transpiration from a potometer. To ensure that your time is used efficiently, Section B is not covered, as students will have studied for different options. If you need help with your option, we recommend getting the OSC Revision Guides.

All OSC classes are tailored to the needs of the group and provide a wealth of exam practice and advice on exam techniques.

CHEMISTRY HL

Chemistry – elements and their interactions. OSC’s Chemistry HL Revision Course helps you explore how all the syllabus topics are linked: kinetics and enthalpy, periodicity and electrochemistry, and much more.

You will review topics from the Core and HL Extension parts of the syllabus and prepare thoroughly for Papers 1 and 2. Whether you need help with solving acid-base calculations, understanding organic mechanisms, or something else – we let the group decide which areas to focus on. You will also be guided through Section A of Paper 3, on practical work, such as determining the molar mass of a gas. To ensure that your time is used efficiently, Section B is not covered, as students will have studied for different options. If you need help with your option, we recommend getting the OSC Revision Guides. Just remember to bring a calculator and a copy of the Data Booklet!

All OSC classes are tailored to the needs of the group and provide a wealth of exam practice and advice on exam techniques.

CHEMISTRY SL

Chemistry – elements and their interactions. OSC’s Chemistry SL Revision Course helps you explore how all the topics in the syllabus are linked: kinetics and enthalpy, periodicity and electrochemistry, and much more.

You will review syllabus topics from the Core and prepare thoroughly for Papers 1 and 2. Whether you need help with solving acid-base calculations, understanding organic mechanisms, or something else – we let the group decide which areas to focus on. You will also be guided through Section A of Paper 3, on practical work, such as determining the molar mass of a gas. To ensure that your time is used efficiently, Section B is not covered, as students will have studied for different options; however, depending on the needs of the group, specific questions can be addressed. If you need help with your option, we recommend getting the OSC Revision Guides. Just remember to bring a calculator and a copy of the Data Booklet!

All OSC classes are tailored to the needs of the group and provide a wealth of exam practice and advice on exam techniques.

ECONOMICS HL

Economics – a fascinating subject about the world around us; it studies the behaviour of consumers, firms, and governments in response to a world of unlimited wants and scarce resources. OSC’s Economics HL Revision Course helps you to review key topics, apply them to examination questions, and demonstrate your understanding to the examiners.

You will review topics from all parts of the syllabus – microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, and development economics – and prepare thoroughly for all three exam papers. You will learn appropriate strategies for tackling the papers. Whether it is an extended response question on interest rates and inflation in Paper 1, a data response question on exchange rates and the current account in Paper 2, or a question on calculating changing consumer surplus in Paper 3, the group decides together what to review.

All OSC classes are tailored to the needs of the group and provide a wealth of exam practice and advice on exam techniques.

ENGLISH A: LITERATURE HL/SL
 

English Literature – texts that introduce us to different cultural perspectives on human existence, that encourage us to reflect on what has happened to us as individuals and to the world as a whole. OSC’s English A: Literature (HL/SL) Revision Course helps you to consolidate your understanding of different genre conventions, and develop key skills in critical analysis and essay writing.

This class will guide you through the course structure and will prepare you for Papers 1 and 2. You will engage in close, detailed analysis of selected literary texts, and develop an understanding of the techniques used in literary criticism. Our experienced teachers make clear what the examiners are looking for, and show you how to achieve this through interpretation of the criteria, analysis of good samples, and essential tips. Most importantly, you will practise the relevant skills, using past papers, notably Paper 2, to ensure you can meet the criteria at a good level. Whether you need help with literary analysis, literary devices, genre terminology, effective revision techniques, persuasive essay writing, or something else – we let the group decide which areas to focus on. Just remember to bring a laptop and your texts!

Please note: this class is specifically for students studying English A: Literature. If your school just refers to it as ‘English A’, please check with your teacher whether you are doing English A: Literature, or English A: Language & Literature. We offer separate classes for English A: Language & Literature. (English A: Literature’s syllabus includes ‘Works in translation’, ‘Detailed study’, and ‘Literary genres’.)

HISTORY HL/SL

History – far more than just a series of random events to memorise! OSC’s History Revision Course (HL/SL) makes you aware of the ideas and patterns that influence the events. It allows you to see the ‘big picture’ – the connections between different topics and countries – and makes it easier to understand the similarities and the differences between different case studies you have covered.

The course aims to deepen your understanding of the interconnectedness of historical events. You will learn how to structure your answers to the source-based as well as the comparative exam questions. Because of the breadth of topics studied by our students, we focus on writing effective answers and maximising grades, rather than on memorising topic content.

We support the following topics:

Paper 1: Prescribed Subject 3 (The Move to Global War)
Paper 2: World History Topics 10 (Authoritarian States), 11 (Causes and Effects of 20th Century Wars) and 12 (The Cold War)
Paper 3: HL Option 4 (History of Europe) Topics 12-16 (Europe from the first to the second world war, 1871-1945, and Russia from empire to the Soviet Union and its fall, 1855-2000)

All OSC classes are tailored to the needs of the group and provide a wealth of exam practice and advice on exam techniques.

MATHEMATICS SL

Love it or loathe it, maths is a vital skill for the IB Diploma Programme. OSC’s Maths SL Revision Course strengthens your understanding of the course content and helps you apply that knowledge in an exam context.

This class covers all syllabus topics and reviews core concepts that are tested every year. Exam practice includes short and long answer questions, with and without a calculator, so that you feel equally comfortable with Papers 1 and 2. You may choose to review normal distribution, logarithms, calculus, or trigonometric functions – we let the group decide which areas to focus on. Just remember to bring your formula book and a fully charged graphics display calculator. It doesn’t matter which sort you have – TI84, nSpire, Casio or anything in between – our teachers will be able to help.

All OSC classes are tailored to the needs of the group and provide a wealth of exam practice and advice on exam techniques.

PHYSICS HL

Physics – the study of matter and energy, the interaction between them and how they are applied to explain the universe. OSC’s Physics HL Revision Course helps you to see important links between concepts through a variety of problem solving techniques, discussion, and in-depth review. 

You will review topics in the Core and Additional Higher Level parts of the syllabus and prepare thoroughly for Papers 1 and 2. Whether it be concepts in electromagnetism and electromagnetic induction, fields theory, quantum physics, or something else – we let the group decide which areas to focus on. You will also be helped with Section A of Paper 3, on practical work such as revisiting the diode bridge rectification circuit, Young’s double slit experiment, EMF, and internal resistance, including the linearisation of second-hand data.

To ensure that your time is used efficiently, Section B is not covered, as students will have studied for different options. If you need help with your option, we recommend getting the OSC Revision Guides. Don’t forget to bring your data booklet – your school will give you this – and also an IBO approved graphics calculator!

All OSC classes are tailored to the needs of the group and provide a wealth of exam practice and advice on exam techniques.

PHYSICS SL
 

Physics – the study of matter and energy, the interaction between them and how they are applied to explain the universe. OSC’s Physics HL Revision Course helps you to see important links between concepts through a variety of problem solving techniques, discussion, and in-depth review. 

You will review all the topics in the Core parts of the syllabus and prepare thoroughly for Papers 1 and 2. Whether it be concepts in thermal physics, electromagnetism, field theory, particle physics or something else – we let the group decide which areas to focus on. You will also be helped with Section A of Paper 3, on practical work such as revisiting refractive Index, Young’s double slit experiment, EMF and internal resistance, including the linearisation of second-hand data. To ensure that your time is used efficiently, Section B is not covered, as students will have studied for different options. If you need help with your option, we recommend getting the OSC Revision Guides. Don’t forget to bring your data booklet – your school will give you this – and also an IBO approved graphics calculator!

All OSC classes are tailored to the needs of the group and provide a wealth of exam practice and advice on exam techniques.

PSYCHOLOGY HL

In this class we will review the Core (biological, cognitive & sociocultural levels of analysis) and the HL extension on qualitative research methodology. Our highly experienced IB teachers (many of them examiners) also have a system for spending time on the Options along with question practice for all three exam papers.

PSYCHOLOGY SL

In this class we will review the Core (biological, cognitive & sociocultural levels of analysis) and then spend time on the Options along with question practice for both exam papers.


 

 

 

LOCATION & TRAVEL

WALFORD SCHOOL, ADELAIDE

Walford School is one of Australia’s Leading Independent Schools, offering the IB Diploma and full residential facilities.

It is located in the suburb of Unley, just 10 minutes south of the city centre and university campuses and 20 minutes from the airport.

Walford School
316 Unley Road
Hyde Park
SA, 5061

GETTING TO WALFORD SCHOOL

FROM THE AIRPORT:

The easiest and most direct way to get to the College is by taxi. The 20 minute trip should cost around AU$20 - 25.

An airport shuttle is available to take passengers into the centre of the city. From here you can catch a taxi to Walford School (around AU$15 and 10 minutes) or catch a bus to Unley Road (bus stop 7). This bus trip will take about 15 minutes. The overall cost of taking both bus trips is only marginally cheaper than taking a taxi directly from the airport to Walford School.

FROM THE CITY CENTRE:

From stop G2 on the South East side of Victoria Square the best bus to catch is the 190B which travels from Victoria Square along Wakefield Street, then right into Pulteney Street, and through the parklands to Unley Road. Get off at bus stop 7 and cross the road using the pedestrian crossing opposite Walford School.

IMPORTANT VISA INFORMATION

We recommend that all students coming from outside Australia take advice from the Australian Embassy in their country on whether a visa is required to enter Australia.

We are happy to provide a letter in support of your visa application – however, prior to us providing such a letter, your total course fees must be paid in full. Please contact us if you require a letter in support of your visa application.

Please note that many embassies take a long time to process a visa application – it is best to contact them as soon as possible to find out about the procedures and make your application.

If a visa is refused we will refund the full fees minus a handling charge of $100, provided that the visa application was made at least 1 month prior to the start of the whole course. Proof of application date and refusal is required before fees are refunded – please see our Cancellation Policy.

Please note: not having received a response from the visa authority does not qualify the Student or Parent for a refund.

Please contact the OSC Team if you have any questions.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is essential that you have comprehensive travel insurance to cover loss of possessions and medical expenses as for any trip away from home. It is also highly advisable to include cancellation cover with your insurance.

CONSENT TO TRAVEL LETTER

It is recommended that students who are under 18 and are flying without parental supervision carry a letter from their parent/guardian giving consent for them to travel alone. More and more airlines are asking to see these letters at check in. The letter should include:

  • your dates of travel and return 
  • where you will be travelling to 
  • where you will be staying  
  • parental consent to travel alone.

DISABILITY PROVISION

  • We always take health conditions and physical disabilities into consideration and we are happy to assist in any way we can.
  • We may be able to use classrooms which are on the ground floor if required.
  • Please contact our team to discuss any questions you may have, or to let us know how we can help you.


 

ACCOMMODATION & CATERING

The School provides comfortable student accommodation with single rooms furnished with everything a student needs.

There are plenty of shared bathrooms, showers and laundry facilities, and bedding and towels are provided.

We have a few rooms available for residential students who need to arrive the day before their courses begin – book early to avoid disappointment.

 

The colleges provide mid-morning refreshments and lunch for all students, and breakfast for residential students only.

Residential students usually eat out of college in the evenings, giving them the opportunity to take a break from their studies and explore the local cuisine options.

The residential colleges are located close to popular centres for eating and entertainment - Unley and the CBD are full of great places to eat.

 

 

 

FEES & APPLYING

FEE PER COURSE
17.5 hours of tuition, lunch and supervision

AU$710

ACCOMMODATION FEE
University single study bedroom, breakfast, coffee and supervision

AU$225

EXTRA NIGHT
Per night - includes bed and breakfast

AU$100

DEPOSIT PER COURSE
Included in course fee

AU$100 

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

  • We accept applications right up to the start of the courses, but classes do fill up quickly and we may run out of space if you leave it too late. But always ask – we may be able to make space.
  • The deposit or full course fees must accompany your application – we cannot reserve places until the deposit is received.
  • We will respond to online applications by email within 24 hours to confirm that we have received them. Then, within 2 working days we will email you again to confirm your place or discuss your application. If you don't receive our email please contact us.

Please contact the OSC Team if you have any questions.

WHEN DO I PAY?

  • The Final Payment Date is 30th August 2019.
  • If you apply before the Final Payment Date, only the deposit is due with your application. The deposit makes up part of your total fees.
  • The balance is due by the Final Payment Date. This means that for applications made before this date, the remaining fees must be paid by the Final Payment Date and for applications made after the Final Payment Date, the full fees must be paid when you apply.
  • We will continue to take applications right up until the courses start, but only if we have space - please be aware that these courses are popular and spaces fill up very quickly. You should contact us as early as possible in order to secure your preferred dates and subjects.

Please be assured that if we are unable to place you in the appropriate course we will refund the payment in full. Please also note that whenever you apply, you will still receive a full refund if you cancel within 14 days, in line with our Cancellation Policy.

HOW DO I PAY?

By credit card (Visa or MasterCard only).

Personal cheque or bank draft in AU$ drawn on an Australian bank (payable to OXFORD STUDY COURSES (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD Please send this to our registration address.

Bank Transfer to: Westpac Banking Corporation, 216, Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe, Victoria 3079

From outside Australia please quote SWIFT code: WPACAU2S

For all transfers please quote:

Account Name: OXFORD STUDY COURSES (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD
BSB: 033057
Account Number: 277204
Please quote the student’s family name only.

Any bank charges incurred by us on your behalf will have to be passed on to you. Bank charges can be minimised by sending the full Course Fees in a single payment.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE TO CANCEL?

  • There is a cancellation period of 14 days from the date of the "OSC Course Confirmation" email in which the application can be cancelled and a full refund issued.
  • If you cancel before the Final Payment Date but after the cancellation period, fees will be refunded minus a handling charge of AU$100.
  • After the Final Payment Date we can only refund deposits or fees if you cancel within the cancellation period.
  • We advise you to take out cancellation insurance to cover you in case you are unable to attend your course.
  • To view our Cancellation Policy, click here.


 

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OSC enjoys a longstanding relationship with Walford School Adelaide and is in a fantastic position to make use of their resources. However, OSC is an independent company separate from Walford School. OSC contracts with the institution for the use of their facilities, but has no formal connection with Walford School Adelaide.