Afternoon Options

 

  • In addition to morning classes, students can opt to take further sessions in the afternoons. See the fees page for information on the costs of these.
  • Afternoon opportunities include Second Subject Afternoon Options, Skills Afternoon Options, and a range of One-to-One Options.
  • Second Subject Options consist of four 2-hour classes every afternoon Monday-Thursday, and Skills Options consist of four 1-hour classes in the afternoons of Monday-Thursday.

     

     

     

    WHAT WE OFFER

    We offer Mid IB Afternoon Options on Second Subjects or on Skills of value for IBDP students.

    Both types run 4 days per week, Monday to Thursday. For timetabling reasons, you can only take one afternoon option each week.

    Not all the options listed below will run each week - the timetabling is partly determined by how many students sign up for each option. In the information below, we indicate the most likely weeks for each option.

     

     


     

     

     

    • Teachers provide a report on each afternoon option at the end of the Summer Course to confirm what was covered. For Second Subject options, teachers also comment on each student's performance in the option.

    Please read more on the relevant course before selecting it. Click on the option name below to find more information.

     

     

     

    SECOND SUBJECT AFTERNOON OPTIONS

    These extended Afternoon Options give students an opportunity to review a second subject during the week. They are not suitable for students who are taking these same subjects during the morning. Inevitably, the morning classes will go into the subject in greater depth than these afternoon options and they will be equivalent to just under 50% of the morning classes. There is also a questionnaire so students can indicate where they need help. Please note that students may book Private Tuition if they have specific needs that are not covered by the content indicated below.

    Second Subject - Biology

     

    In this option, you will review key items from the Core for Biology. This is the part of the syllabus that is common to both the SL and HL programmes. Most of the time will be spent on Topics 1 (Cell biology); 2 (Molecular biology); and one or two other topics from the Core (Topics 3-6), as the group chooses. In the pre-course questionnaire, students may request further topics to be covered, if time permits

    We recommend that you check the syllabus to understand precisely what this includes. If you are a Biology HL student, you may join the class, but must appreciate that it will not review AHL (Additional Higher Level) material.

    Because the afternoon course is very condensed, there will not be time to cover the IA (Internal Assessment) component of the Biology course. 

     

    Second Subject - Biology HL

     

    In this option, you will review key items from the Biology HL syllabus. Inevitably, we cannot cover as much as the morning class. The focus will be on Topics 1 (Cell biology); 2 (Molecular biology); and one or two more topics from Topics 1 to 11, as the group chooses. In the pre-course questionnaire, students may request further topics to be covered if time permits.

    We recommend that you check the syllabus to understand precisely what this option includes.

    If you are a Biology HL student, please note that there is also another Second Subject Biology option - although this will not go into the AHL (Additional Higher Level) material or Options.

    Because the afternoon course is very condensed, there will not be time to cover the IA (Internal Assessment) component of the Biology course. 

    Second Subject - Business Management

     

    In this option, you will review key items from the core of the Business Management syllabus, which is valuable to both SL and HL students.

    However, due to the time available, the course will not be able to cover HL extension topics.

     

     

    Second Subject - Chemistry

     

    In this option, you will review key items from the Core for Chemistry. This is the part of the syllabus that is common to both the SL and HL programmes. Most of the time we will concentrate on Topics 1 (Stoichiometry), 4 (Chemical bonding and structure) and 5 (Energetics/thermochemistry). If there is time, other parts of Topics 1-11 may be reviewed.

    We recommend that you check the syllabus to understand precisely what this includes. Students taking Chemistry HL may join, but must appreciate that it will not review AHL (Additional Higher Level) material.

     

    Second Subject - Chemistry HL

     

    In this option, you will review key items from the Chemistry HL syllabus. Inevitably, we cannot cover as much as the morning class. The focus will be on Topics 1 (Stoichiometry), 4 (Chemical bonding and structure), 5 and 15 (Energetics/thermochemistry). If there is more time, other topics may be reviewed.

    We recommend that you check the syllabus to understand precisely what these options include.

    If you are a Chemistry HL student, please note that there is also another Second Subject Chemistry option - although this will not go into the AHL (Additional Higher Level) material

     

    Second Subject - Economics

     

    In this option, you will review key items from Section 1 of the Economics syllabus (Microeconomics) that are studied by SL and HL students - e.g. Competitive Markets, Elasticity, Market Failure & Government Intervention.

     

    Second Subject – Economics HL

     

    In this option, you will review key items from Section 1 of the Economics HL syllabus (Microeconomics) – focusing especially on Theory of the Firm.

    If you would rather focus on other parts of Microeconomics than Theory of the Firm, you are welcome to choose Second Subject - Economics instead. 

     

    Second Subject - English A: Language & Literature

     

    In this option, you will concentrate on the skills required for Paper 1 and Paper 2. Although there are some differences between the skills needed for Paper 1 in HL and SL, the skills for Paper 2 are the same. The option is for both SL and HL students.

     

    Second Subject - English A: Literature

     

    In this option, you will concentrate on the skills required for Paper 1; careful reading of the texts, planning of the response and writing an effective commentary. The option is for both SL and HL students.

     

    Second Subject - History

     

    In this option, we will concentrate on the skills needed for Paper 1. In addition, there will be help on essay writing for Paper 2. The option is for both SL and HL students.

     

    Second Subject - Mathematics SL

     

    In this option, you will review key elements from Topics 1, 2 and 3 of the Mathematics SL syllabus - Exponents, Logarithms, and Circular Functions & Trigonometry.

    Don't forget to bring your calculator!

     

    Second Subject - Mathematical Studies SL

     

    In this option, you will review key concepts from Topics 1-4 in the Mathematics Studies SL syllabus, with a heavy emphasis on mastering the various menus on your calculator. An introduction to Calculus will also be included. 

    Don't forget to bring your calculator!

     

    Second Subject - Physics

     

    In this option, you will review key items from the Core for Physics. This is the part of the syllabus that is common to both the SL and HL programmes. Most of the time will concentrate on Topics 3 (Thermal physics), 4 (Waves) and 5 (Electricity and Magnetism). If there is time, other parts of Topics 1-8 may be reviewed.

    We recommend that you check the syllabus to understand precisely what this includes. If you are a Physics HL student, you may join, but must appreciate that it will not review AHL (Additional Higher Level) material.

    Please bring a copy of the Data Booklet with you, and an IBO-approved GDC (calculator).

     

    Second Subject - Physics HL

     

    In this option, you will review key items from the Physics HL syllabus. Inevitably, it will not cover as much as the morning class. The focus will be on Topics 3 (Thermal physics), 4 (Waves), 5 (Electricity and Magnetism), 9 (Wave phenomena) and 10 (Fields). If there is more time, other topics may be reviewed.

    We recommend that you check the syllabus to understand precisely what this option includes.

    If you are a Physics HL students, please note that there is also another Second Subject Physics option - although this will not go into the AHL (Additional Higher Level) material

    Please bring a copy of the Data Booklet with you, and an IBO-approved GDC (calculator).

     

     

     

    SKILLS AFTERNOON OPTIONS

    These options are designed to support IBDP students on a variety of aspects.

    Calculus Review - HL

     

    This option is for Mathematics HL students who are unsure of Calculus (Topic 6 in the syllabus). Students must appreciate that we will be reviewing Calculus rather than teaching it from the beginning.

    If you are a Mathematics HL student, please note that there are Calculus Review options that will focus on the more basic aspects of Calculus – as in the SL syllabus.

    Don't forget to bring your calculator!

     

    Calculus Review - SL

     

    This option is for Mathematics SL students who are unsure of this Calculus (Topic 6 in the syllabus). Students must appreciate that we will be reviewing Calculus rather than teaching it from the beginning.

    Although the option is for SL students, those taking HL, but who are struggling with the basics of Calculus, may also find this option useful.

    Don't forget to bring your calculator!

     

    Extended Essay Workshop

     

    This option is designed for students who want help with the basics of writing their Extended Essay. An IB teacher will explain the process and discuss how to write a successful essay.

    You will go through how to

    • develop a good research question
    • interpret the assessment criteria
    • structure the essay
    • carry out primary and secondary research
    • cite sources and write a bibliography

    Please note that the OSC teacher will not be able to comment on your specific essay. 

    This option can be taken in conjunction with other 4 hour classes (skills afternoon options). 

     

    International Relations

     

    This option will help both students studying Global Politics and those considering studying International Relations at university. Students will be taught some international relations theories and have an opportunity to discuss how these relate to global politics today.

     

    Leadership

     

    The IB educates tomorrow’s leaders. This option takes a deliberate look at what effective leadership is and how groups can become teams. You will learn about leadership skills, team building, clear communication, as well as setting targets and evaluating outcomes. The course will be useful for you, whether you are the future CEO of a large company or the coach of a junior football team. 

     

    Mathematics for Physicists

     

    This option is for those students taking Physics HL or Physics SL, but who are lacking confidence in mathematics. The course will go over the main mathematical techniques used in physics, give you the opportunity to practise those techniques, and increase your confidence with formulae and equations.

    Students taking other sciences for the IB Diploma may also find this course to be of use.

    Please bring your GDC (calculator).

     

    Presentation Skills

     

    Presentation skills are valuable for when you speak to a group; either as part of your IB Diploma Programme or in a professional capacity. This course will give you advice on:

    • what you must do, could do and don't want to do in delivering presentations
    • how to engage with your audience
    • how to build your confidence

    The option will also give you plenty of opportunities to practise your presentation skills.

     

    Study Skills and Time Management

     

    Knowing how to organise your work in class and during private study is essential for effective study, both during the IB Diploma Programme and beyond. In this course you will explore how to:

    • take efficient notes and organise them for ease of reference and revision
    • organise your time, your homework and other assignments
    • maximise your potential through the best use of your time

    The IB Diploma Programme is demanding and requires students to be organised. This course can help you to achieve that goal.

     

    Theory of Knowledge*

     

    ToK is a central component of the IB Diploma. With this option you can:

    • increase your understanding of the knowledge framework and knowledge questions in the ToK syllabus
    • develop your understanding of the assessment criteria
    • help you to develop strategies for writing ToK essays (not presentations)

    During the course, you are likely to work with ToK Essays from previous examination sessions, but not those for the upcoming examination session.

    Please note that the option will not focus on ToK presentations. Many students will have already completed these in the first year of the DP. The separate Presentation Skills option will support ToK – and other – presentations.

     

    Writing Skills for English A: Literature*

     

    Good writing is a highly valued skill and the three written components of this course account for 70% of the final grade. This option aims to:

    • clarify expectations for the three essays
    • show you ten skills that can be developed for essay writing
    • suggest further resources for building writing skills

     

    * Please note that options that cover assessable components in the IB Diploma Programme (eg Internal Assessments) are designed to develop students' skills and increase their understanding of the work required; students are not provided with direct support for their personal assessable work.

     

     

     

    AFTERNOON OPTION SCHEDULE

    The schedule below shows which afternoon options will be available in each week. Please note that this timetable is subject to change depending on demand.

     

     

    Week 1

    Week 2

    Week 3

    Week 4

    Week 5

    Week 6

    SS Biology

     

     

     

    SS Biology HL 

     

    SS Business Management

       

     

       

    SS Chemistry 

       

       

    SS Chemistry HL 

     

       

     

    SS Economics 

     

     

     

    SS Economics HL 

     

     

     

     

    SS English A: Lang/Lit 

     

    SS English A: Lit

       

     

     

     

    SS History

     

     

     

     

    SS Maths SL 

    SS Maths Studies SL

     

     

     

    SS Physics 

       

       

    SS Physics HL 

     

       

     

     

     

    Calculus Review – HL 

     

     

     

       

    Calculus Review – SL 

     

     

     

    Extended Essay Workshop

    International Relations

     

     

       

    Leadership

     

     

     

     

    Maths for Physicists 

     

     

     

     

    Presentation Skills

     

     

    Study Skills & Time Management 

     

    ToK 

     

    Writing Skills 

     

     

         

     

     

     

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