Writers - for centuries, and all over the world - have explored, through the creative use of language, aspects of the human condition which affect us all: emotions and relationships, politics and morals, personal and social identity. IB English provides the opportunity for you to examine, discuss and compare the ideas and language of a wide variety of writers from this century and previous centuries, and from this country and other cultures world-wide.
The international aspect of the IB is very much a part of the course. As well as the conventional elements of an English literature syllabus, from Shakespeare and Austen to contemporary writers in Britain and America, you will also study literature from at least three other cultures - which have recently included Africa, Russia, Scandinavia and South America. You must enjoy reading independently, and be prepared to open your mind to new ideas and new kinds of writing.
As well as presenting ideas in writing, everyone on the course will be expected to contribute and listen sympathetically to ideas in stimulating class sessions where discussion and other kinds of oral work play an important part. During the course, we hope you will develop your ideas, knowledge and enjoyment of literary themes, concepts and language, and your ability to express and examine ideas, with confidence, in a variety of contexts. Your achievements will be assessed through a combination of written and oral coursework (50%) and written examination (50%).
Visits to theatre in London, and external lectures on elements of literature and language, are a stimulating and enjoyable accompaniment to this course, and you will be expected to attend at least three such events during the course. Through your study of literature, you will have examined many aspects of contemporary life, including our relationship with the past and other cultures, and the relationship between our personal and social lives. IB English will prepare you for a range of university degree courses leading to, for example, careers in journalism, education and broadcasting.
International Baccalaureate subject grades range from 7 (best) to 1 (lowest).
IB Diploma pass ranges from total 45 points (maximum achievable ) to 24 points (minimum pass with 12 points across higher subjects)
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme We require at least seven GCSEs with an average of Grade 5, including English Language and Maths. For subjects you wish to take at higher level you will need at least a grade 6. International Baccalaureate Career Programme We require at least five subjects at GCSE grade 4 or higher, ideally including Mathematics and English and preferably with a grade 5 in your area of specialism. Strong interest in the vocational BTEC subject will need to be in evidence at the guidance meeting.