High School Course Descriptions
High School Course Descriptions
Arts

Name of course: MYP Art & Design (IGCSE)
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: None

Description
This course is aimed at developing strong compositional, media and technical skills. Students are given a foundation course in the first year which covers:

  • Drawing skills with an emphasis on observational work
  • Painting techniques and colour theory
  • Sculpture using a variety of materials
  • Printmaking covering techniques such as lino, Intaglio and mono-printing
  • Design skills using topics such as poster, CD cover and logo design

The Elements and Principles of Art are taught and referred to throughout the two year program.

Students study and research artist models and art movements related to their topics and critique artists' work as well as their own art work. This is maintained through the use of a Developmental Workbook.

During the second year of the course students who show aptitude may consider sitting the IGCSE Art examination.

Assessment
This course is an Arts credit course and grades for certain assessment tasks are internally assessed for MYP Arts.

Name of course: MYP Art
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: None

Description
This course is aimed at developing strong compositional, media and technical skills. Students are given a foundation course in the first year which covers:

  • Drawing skills with an emphasis on observational work
  • Painting techniques and colour theory
  • Sculpture using a variety of materials
  • Printmaking covering techniques such as lino, Intaglio and mono-printing
  • Design skills using topics such as poster, CD cover and logo design

The Elements and Principles of Art are taught and referred to throughout the two year program.

Students study and research artist models and art movements related to their topics and critique artists' work as well as their own art work. This is maintained through the use of a Developmental Workbook.

During the second year of the course students who show aptitude may consider sitting the IGCSE Art examination.

Assessment
This course is an Arts credit course and grades for certain assessment tasks are internally assessed for MYP Arts.

Name of course: MYP Drama
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Students must be prepared to perform and attendance may be required outside of school hours

Description
Students will develop skills in interpretation, direction, oral communication, and performance styles. Students will also look at the history of the theatre and develop critical analysis skills.

Students will work in groups or on solo projects.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and grades for certain assessment tasks are also internally assessed for MYP Drama.

A Developmental Workbook will be kept and video tapes or photographs will be made of practical work for internal assessment.

Name of course: MYP Music
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: None

Description
This is a comprehensive and fulfilling music course that aims to promote a lasting love and appreciation of music through active involvement in listening, composing and performing. Students undertake detailed studies of music of many different styles and genres, and learn the appropriate theoretical and analytical skills to respond to it. A record of their study, research and reflection is maintained in the Developmental Workbook.

Performance skills are developed by means of a wide variety of performing projects including both solo and ensemble work. All students have regular opportunities to perform in the classroom and are also strongly encouraged to participate in school concerts.

Musical composition is a substantial part of the course, and all students learn to compose their own music in varying styles and develop their creativity and imagination.

The IGCSE Music course provides an excellent foundation for those who wish to go on to study music at a higher level.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and assessed externally by the University of Cambridge (UK) at the end of Grade 10. Grades for certain assessment tasks are also internally assessed for MYP Music.

Name of course: MYP Music (IGCSE)
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Students should be able to sing or play an instrument. A strong interest in music is essential.

Description
This is a comprehensive and fulfilling music course which aims to promote a lasting love and appreciation of music through active involvement in listening, composing and performing. Students undertake detailed studies of music of many different styles and genres, and learn the appropriate theoretical and analytical skills to respond to it. A record of their study, research and reflection is maintained in the Developmental Workbook.

Performance skills are developed by means of a wide variety of performing projects including both solo and ensemble work. All students have regular opportunities to perform in the classroom and are also strongly encouraged to participate in school concerts.

Musical composition is a substantial part of the course, and all students learn to compose their own music in varying styles and develop their creativity and imagination.

The IGCSE Music course provides an excellent foundation for those who wish to go on to study music at a higher level.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and assessed externally by the University of Cambridge (UK) at the end of Grade 10 for IGCSE certification. Grades for certain assessment tasks are also externally moderated for IB MYP certification.

Name of course: MYP Dance
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Interest in Dance

Description
This course is a two year course that studies different dance styles, techniques, choreographers, dancers and developments in the world of dance, both East and West. Students will study how to prepare the body for dance and the essential components of dance choreography. Students will have the opportunity to perform to different audiences.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and will be assessed according to MYP criteria. Grades for certain assessment tasks will be internally assessed for MYP Dance, via a portfolio of coursework including video recordings of your dances, examples of your choreography, research work and reflective writing.

This is an Arts credit course for the OFS High School Diploma.

Name of course: Pre-IB Visual Art
Duration of course: 2 semesters
Prerequisites: Successful completion of an MYP Art course or equivalent

Description
This course is a one year IB preparatory course, leading to the first year of IB Visual Art. This programme involves development of technical skills and knowledge of the different creative disciplines, for example, painting, drawing and sculpture. In addition, research skills, critical analysis skills, problem solving, and organizational skills will also be developed.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and assessed internally via project assignments, solo and group work. This work will be assessed from your sketchbook. Critical analysis will be assessed in the form of a written assignment, such as an essay. This is an Arts credit course for the OFS High School Diploma.

Name of course: IBS Visual Arts 1 & 2 / IBH Visual Arts 1 & 2
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: It is recommended that students should have IGCSE Art, MYP Art or a strong background and interest in Art

Description
Students will begin with a foundation course in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. They will then design their own course for the rest of the two year course in which they will be encouraged to extend and develop their imaginative and creative responses to their selected topic. Students will be encouraged to experiment and develop multiple techniques and skills in their studio work. A Research Workbook will be kept to show the exploration and development of visual research to back up each studio work. It will also contain independent research to support studio ideas, critical research on aesthetic issues, and sociocultural and historical content in more than one culture. A portfolio will be kept in which students will keep their experimental support work for each studio work.

An IBH student is required to do 240 hours of studio time.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study. Each student is required to mount an exhibition in which they must display a minimum of 12 art works. A visiting examiner will interview each student and students will discuss their studio work, its development and their Research Workbook. The Studio work is worth 70% of the final grade and the Research Workbook is worth 30%.

Name of course: IBS Theatre Arts 1 & 2 / IBH Theatre Arts 1 & 2
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: A high standard of English is demanded by this course. Students must be prepared to perform and attendance may be required outside of school hours.

Description
The IB Theatre Program will engage students to study diverse forms of theatre in theoretical, historical, and cultural contexts. Beyond the study of theatre, and more importantly, students will learn by engaging in a varied range of theatre activities and develop proficiency in more than one area of theatre technique, practice and performance. At the core of the theatre course lays a concern with clarity of understanding, critical thinking, reflective analysis, effective involvement and imaginative synthesis—all of which should be achieved through practical engagement in theatre as director, actors and/or designers.

Critical to the IB Theatre Arts student is the importance of working independently and as a member of an ensemble.

There are two levels of IB Theatre: Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL).

Assessment
Assessment includes a research investigation, practical performance proposal, independent project portfolio and an oral presentation entitled Theatre Performance and Production Presentation.

Name of course: IBS Dance 1 & 2 / IBH Dance 1 & 2
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: It is recommended that students should have MYP Dance or a strong background and interest in Dance

Description
The Diploma Program dance curriculum aims for a holistic approach to dance, and embraces a variety of dance traditions and dance cultures—past, present and looking towards the future. Performance, creative and analytical skills are mutually developed and valued whether the students are writing papers or creating/performing dances. The curriculum provides students with a liberal arts orientation to dance. This orientation facilitates the development of students who may become choreographers, dance scholars, performers or those, more broadly, who seek life enrichment through dance.

Critical to the IB Dance student is the importance of working independently and as a member of an ensemble.

There are two levels of IB Dance: Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL).

Assessment
Assessment includes composition and analysis of dances, a dance investigation, a dance performance.

Name of course: IBS Music 1 & 2 / IBH Music 1 & 2
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Students must be able to sing or play an instrument. A strong interest in music is essential. IGCSE music is highly recommended.

Description
This advanced music course centres around musical perception and analysis, performing and composition. Students will learn about music theory and harmony, and will develop their listening and analytical skills through an advanced study of a wide range of music of different genres and styles from around the world. Students will also undertake a Musical Investigation. This exciting new component of the IB course gives the opportunity for personal research into music which is of particular interest or emotional appeal to the student.

All students do regular performance and composition work and are strongly encouraged to participate in school and public concerts. Students choose to specialise in either solo performance, group performance or composition, according to their own particular strengths and interests.

The IB music course offers an excellent foundation for university music courses.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate).

English

Name of course: MYP English Support
Duration of course: 1-2 semesters
Prerequisites: For students from a non-English speaking background or who are having difficulties in mainstream English. This is a supplementary course and may only be selected as a second or additional English course.

Description
This course will assist students to prepare for the English as a Second Language IGCSE examination at the end of Grade 10 and to make better progress in their subjects across the curriculum by offering intensive practice and assessment in the four language areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Where possible, module topics will include vocabulary and writing genres from subject areas such as Humanities, Science, Mathematics, Physical Education and the Arts as well as English.

Assessment
This course is an English credit course. It is a support program for students who wish to further develop their basic English skills.

Name of course: MYP International English (IGCSE)
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: For students from a non-English speaking background

Description
The course takes a generic approach to the development of the key skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Objectives:

  • To develop the ability to use English effectively for practical communication in a variety of situations.
  • To form a sound base for the skills required for further study or employment using English as a medium.
  • To develop an awareness of language and learning skills, as indicated in MYP Areas of Interaction documentation.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and assessed externally by the University of Cambridge (UK) at the end of Grade 10. Grades for certain assessment tasks are also internally assessed for MYP English.

Name of course: MYP English (IGCSE)
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Students must be proficient in English

Description
MYP English is both a language and literature course. Students will develop skills in language study including comprehension, interpreting reading for meaning, directed and creative writing. The course also seeks to enable students to develop a personal appreciation and understanding of literature. Students will read a variety of literary works, prose, drama and poetry, developing skills in literary criticism and analysis.

Assessment
This is a credit course and is assessed externally by the University of Cambridge (UK) at the end of Grade 10. Students sit the IGCSE First Language English examination. A portfolio of internal coursework is also assessed for MYP English.

Name of course: MYP Literature (IGCSE)
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Students must be very proficient in English

Description
MYP Literature follows a similar program to that of the MYP English (IGCSE) course except there is an additional focus on the study of at least 4 literary texts taken from the IGCSE English Literature prescribed list of texts.

Assessment
This is a credit course and is assessed externally by the University of Cambridge (UK) at the end of Grade 10. Students sit both the IGCSE First Language English examination and the IGCSE Literature examination. A portfolio of internal coursework is also assessed for MYP English.

Name of course: Pre-IB English A
Duration of course: 2 semesters
Prerequisites: Students must be proficient in English

Description
This course is a one year IB preparatory course, leading to the first year of IB English A and is designed for native and near-native English speakers. The course encourages and promotes students to develop appreciation of literature, as well as an understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism and language structure. An emphasis on World Literature seeks to broaden students' perspectives through the study of works from other cultures and languages.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and assessed internally via coursework, oral presentations, unit tests and examinations.

This is an English credit course for the OFS High School Diploma.

Name of course: Pre-IB English B (double course)
Duration of course: 2 semesters
Prerequisites: None

Description
This course is a one year IB preparatory course, leading to the first year of IB English B and is designed for non-native English speakers. It earns double credits towards the OFS High School Diploma. This program involves practice in all English language skills: reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and presenting. It includes the study and use of literary and non-literary texts with extensive use and production of mass media products. This course also seeks to broaden students' perspectives through the study of English cultures and language. Classes are 6 hours per week.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and assessed internally via coursework, visual and oral presentations, unit tests and examinations.

This course provides two English credits for the OFS High School Diploma.

Name of course: IBS English A / IBH English A
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Students must be proficient in English

Description
This course is a literature course. Texts are selected mainly from an IB prescribed list and include literary texts written in English and translated World Literature texts. Students read 11 texts over the two years at standard level and 15 texts at higher level. The course encourages and promotes students to develop appreciation of literature, as well as an understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism. The emphasis on World Literature seeks to broaden students' perspectives through the study of works from other cultures and languages.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate).

Students are assessed through one or two World Literature essays, two oral presentations and two examination papers.

Name of course: IBS English B / IBH English B
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: The English B program is a foreign language learning program designed for study at both higher and standard levels by students with some previous experience of learning English.

Description
Students will be involved in developing English language skills in three main areas:

  • message: understanding ideas and how they are organised in order to communicate them appropriately
  • cultural interaction: selecting language appropriate to a particular cultural and social context
  • language: handling the language system accurately (grammar, syntax, etc)

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate).

Students are also externally assessed on their oral skills.

Name of course: IBS English A: Literature 1 & 2 / IBH English A: Literature 1 & 2
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Students must be proficient in English

Description
This course is a literature course. Texts are selected mainly from an IB prescribed list and include literary texts written in English and translated World Literature texts. Students read 11 texts over the two years at standard level and 15 texts at higher level. The course encourages and promotes students to develop appreciation of literature, as well as an understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism. The emphasis on World Literature seeks to broaden students' perspectives through the study of works from other cultures and languages.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate).

Students are assessed through one or two World Literature essays, two oral presentations and two examination papers.

Name of course: IBS English B: Literature 1 & 2 / IBH English B: Literature 1 & 2
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: The English B program is a foreign language learning program designed for study at both higher and standard levels by students with some previous experience of learning English.

Description
Students will be involved in developing English language skills in three main areas:

  • message: understanding ideas and how they are organised in order to communicate them appropriately
  • cultural interaction: selecting language appropriate to a particular cultural and social context
  • language: handling the language system accurately (grammar, syntax, etc)

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate).

Students are also externally assessed on their oral skills.

Name of course: IBS English A: Language and Literature 1 & 2 / IBH English A: Language and Literature 1 & 2
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Students must be proficient in English

Description
This course has two language sections and two literature sections. The two language topics are linked to cultural contexts and mass communications. The literature texts are mainly selected from IB prescribed lists and include some texts in translation. Students read 4 texts over the two years at standard level and 6 texts at higher level. In the language topics students are given the opportunity to explore how language develops in specific cultural contexts, how it impacts on the world and the ways in which language shapes both individual and group identity. Language use in the media is also studied. The literature study promotes the development of an appreciation of literature, as well as an understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism. The use of some translated literature seeks to broaden students' perspectives through the study of works from other cultures and languages.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate).

Students are assessed through one or two extended written tasks, two oral activities and two examination papers.

Humanities

Name of course: MYP Business Studies (IGCSE)
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: None

Description
This course is designed to encourage students to think about the business world and how it operates. Students study a range of topics often using case studies from real business situations that they will then analyze using the appropriate business concepts.

The main topics studied cover the major areas in which a business operates. This includes:

  1. Marketing
  2. Production
  3. Accounting
  4. Human Resource Management

Students will also investigate the impact of external influences on a business, for example the government.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and assessed externally by the University of Cambridge (UK) at the end of Grade 10 (for IGCSE certification).

Name of course: MYP Humanities
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: None

Description
This course is a two year course that engages a variety of Humanities skills and disciplines including history, geography, business studies and world politics.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and will be internally assessed according to MYP criteria. This is a Humanities credit course for the OFS High School Diploma.

Name of course: MYP Economics (IGCSE)
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Reasonable mathematical ability

Description
We often find ourselves asking questions such as, "Should I buy a discman or spend the money on clothes?" and "should I take a taxi or save the money and go by bus?". Equally governments sometimes ask questions such as, "Should we cut taxes or increase spending on the health service?" Companies might ask, "Should we invest in new machinery or employ more workers?". In each case a choice is being made about the allocation of limited resources and this is what economics is all about. Questions such as these will be among the topics explored during the IGCSE Economics course. Other topics include:

  • Unemployment: Why do people lose their jobs and what can be done about it?
  • International trade: What are exports and imports and why do countries trade? Why do we pay customs duties?
  • Types of business organisation: What has a sole trader, such as a hawker stall, got in common with a large multinational company?
  • The environment: Can economists help to reduce pollution? What can be done to improve rather than destroy the environment?
  • Developing countries: Is there an answer to world poverty?

It is sometimes said that when you have two economists in a room you have three opinions, and this is why economics is fun - there is always plenty to discuss. Furthermore it is highly relevant to the world in which we live, and to an understanding of how life could be made better for many people. If you enjoy discussing ideas and are interested in the world around you, you will enjoy IGCSE Economics.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the University of Cambridge (UK) at the end of Grade 10. A portfolio of internal coursework is also assessed for MYP Economics.

Name of course: MYP Geography (IGCSE)
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: None

Description
Geography covers a wide range of themes allowing all students to find areas of interest. The curriculum areas include:

Population Dynamics; Types of Settlement; Plate Teutonics; Weathering; River Processes; Glacial Processes; Marine Processes; Processes of Wind in Deserts; Weather, Climate and Natural Vegetation; The inter-relationship between Physical and Human Geography; Agricultural Systems; Industrial Systems; Leisure Activities and Tourism; Energy and Water Resources; Environmental risks and benefits; Resource Conservation and Management.

There are frequent opportunities to research case studies using on-line resources that will examine aspects of the themes listed above in more depth. A Geography web page will help you to research basic information quickly and easily allowing you more time to create more critical and reflective work.

You will develop a wide range of geographical skills, such as map reading, interpreting geographical data, designing factual PowerPoint presentations and theme based web pages. Fieldwork is an essential part of the course. You will find out how to collect fieldwork samples and how to present and interpret data using a combination of graphical and mapping techniques.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and assessed externally by the University of Cambridge (UK) at the end of Grade 10. Grades for certain assessment tasks are also internally assessed for MYP Geography.

Name of course: MYP History (IGCSE)
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: None

Description
The course studies 20th Century World History focusing on the theme of international relations. Emphasis will be placed on the 1919 Peace Settlements, the League of Nations, the causes of World War Two, the Cold War and the United Nations. A detailed study of Germany (1919-1945) is used to highlight key themes in the course.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and assessed externally by the University of Cambridge (UK) at the end of Grade 10. Grades for certain assessment tasks are also internally assessed for MYP History.

Name of course: MYP Model United Nations
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Interest in International Relations

Description
This course is a two year course that engages a variety of Humanities skills and disciplines including history, geography, political science and sociology. Students who are interested in both current events and in understanding how the global political system works will benefit from this course as they explore causes and solutions to global and regional issues. Students will examine a wide variety of current world issues from a national, transnational, and global perspective to develop knowledge and an understanding of global interdependence. Students will explore problems and concerns facing contemporary leaders, and search for solutions through research and debate. It is the aim of this course to develop in the students a global outlook, and sound communication, critical thinking, research, and problem solving skills through United Nations simulations leading to understanding of opposing ideas and active participation in world citizenship.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and will be assessed internally according to MYP criteria.

This is a Humanities credit course for the OFS High School Diploma.

Name of course: Pre-IB Business
Duration of course: 2 semesters
Prerequisites: Successful completion of an MYP humanities course or equivalent

Description
This course is a one year IB preparatory course, leading to the first year of IB Business and Management. Successful students will obtain lifelong skills including an understanding of the importance of people in the success of a business, the ability to calculate and interpret business data, the various forms of business organisation, the functions of a business which include marketing, operations and finance, and the various environments in which business operates. In addition, successful students gain communication skills including the ability to support arguments with reasons, the ability to analyse business situations and reach valid decisions and arguments.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and assessed internally via coursework, unit tests and examinations. This is a Humanities credit course for the OFS High School Diploma.

Name of course: IBS Business & Management
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: It is recommended that the student has a strong interest and commitment to the study of business

Description
The 4-module course enables students to:

  1. Appreciate an introduction to organisations, marketing, human resource management as well as accounting and finance.
  2. Explore business issues from different cultural perspectives.
  3. Examine and apply the principles of organisation and the techniques widely practised in the ongoing process of decision making in organisations.
  4. Understand financial matters including constructing the profit/loss accounts, Balance Sheets and financial analysis.
  5. Develop an understanding of different theories and the ability to apply theory to real life situations.
  6. Apply business techniques and study a problem or problems encountered by an organisation culminating in a research paper.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate). Assessment is by two examinations, counting 40% each paper and a research coursework counting 20%.

Name of course: IBH Business & Management
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: It is recommended that the student has a strong interest and commitment to the study of business and reasonable mathematical skills

Description
This course comprises six modules including:

  1. Introduction to organisations
  2. The external environment
  3. Marketing
  4. Human Resource Management
  5. Operations Management
  6. Accounting and Finance
The aims of the course are similar to those of the standard level, except that it requires much greater analytical skills and depth of knowledge. Students will be required to read newspapers and business journals to keep updated on economic and business issues of the real world. Students have to complete a research project of 2000 words, studying a problem or problems encountered by an organisation.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma programme or as a separate IB certificate). Assessment is by two examinations, paper 1 counting 40% and paper 2 counting 35% and research project counting 25%.

Name of course: Pre-IB Humanities, IB Introductory Course
Duration of course: 2 semesters
Prerequisites: None

Description
This course is a one year IB preparatory course, leading to the first year of IB Geography or IB History. It earns credit towards the OFS High School Diploma. This program involves the study of four broad themes which are adaptations of topics selected from the IB History and Geography curricula. This course also seeks to broaden students perspectives. knowledge and skills through the study of human rights, conflicts and conflict resolution, global disparities in development and Asia and the world. Classes are 3 hours per week.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and assessed internally via coursework, visual and oral presentations, unit tests and examinations.

This course provides a Pre-IB Humanities credit for the OFS High School Diploma.

Name of course: Humanities
Duration of course: 1-4 semesters
Prerequisites: None

Description
The aim of this course is to expose students to most areas of the Humanities (Geography, History, Sociology, Economics and Politics). This course is designed to improve students' general knowledge of world events. Each semester, the student will be 'travelling' around the world with a specific theme in mind.

Assessment
This course is a credit course only. There is no external assessment.

Name of course: IBS Economics 1 & 2 / IBH Economics 1 & 2
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Reasonable mathematical skills

Description
Without knowing it, you make Economic choices every day. "Will I do my homework or go out with my friends?" How is this related to Economics? Well, you have made a choice about how you are going to allocate some limited resources, in this case, your time. Consumers, producers and governments all have to make these types of choices and how they can make them will determine the state of the economy.

If you study economics you may be able to answer these questions:

"Why does an MP3 player cost that much?"

"Why does the government put taxes on certain goods?"

"What is unemployment and why does it happen?"

"I've heard about poverty. What is it exactly?"

During this two year course you will develop the skills of thinking logically, writing clearly using and interpreting statistics, diagrams and graphs. IB Economics can open up many career opportunities in banking, business, accountancy and politics, as well as careers in organizations concerned with the environment and development issues.

Also, you will be able to read and understand the money section in the newspaper!

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate).

Name of course: IBS1 Geography
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: A good pass grade in MYP Geography (IGCSE) or a strong interest and commitment to the study of geography

Description
The four core themes for Paper 1 and common to both Higher and Standard level IB Geography, are: Population Change, Disparities in Wealth and Development, Patterns in Environmental Quality and Sustainability and Patterns in Resource Consumption are. The core themes provide many opportunities to look critically at how our world is changing. Using up to date case studies from all parts of the globe we will examine evidence to discuss both traditional and modern issues that arise through Geography. Fertility, mortality, disease, migration, refugees, population structure, overpopulation, hunger, malnutrition, food production, trade, aid, sustainable development, conservation and recycling are some of the important issues which you find out about. Geography web pages are valuable tools for research projects and background reading and allow students to focus much more of their time and energy on the analysis and interpretation of data and information sources.

Fieldwork is an essential part of the course and all students will develop a wide range of transferable skill as they plan, prepare and present their two practical assignments. The importance of the fieldwork is reflected in the marks awarded for IB internal assessment, accounting for 25% at the standard level.

The standard level course means that two specialized options are taken for Paper 2. Teachers will select the most appropriate optional themes for students. These themes will be two of the following topics: Extreme Environments, Hazards and Disasters, Urban Environments.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate).

Name of course: IBS2 Geography
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: IB Year 1 Geography

Description
The four core themes for Paper 1 and common to both Higher and Standard level IB Geography, are: Population Change, Disparities in Wealth and Development, Patterns in Environmental Quality and Sustainability and Patterns in Resource Consumption are. The core themes provide many opportunities to look critically at how our world is changing. Using up to date case studies from all parts of the globe we will examine evidence to discuss both traditional and modern issues that arise through Geography. Fertility, mortality, disease, migration, refugees, population structure, overpopulation, hunger, malnutrition, food production, trade, aid, sustainable development, conservation and recycling are some of the important issues which you find out about. Geography web pages are valuable tools for research projects and background reading and allow students to focus much more of their time and energy on the analysis and interpretation of data and information sources.

Fieldwork is an essential part of the course and all students will develop a wide range of transferable skill as they plan, prepare and present their two practical assignments. The importance of the fieldwork is reflected in the marks awarded for IB internal assessment, accounting for 25% at the standard level.

The standard level course means that two specialized options are taken for Paper 2. Teachers will select the most appropriate optional themes for students. These themes will be two of the following topics: Extreme Environments, Hazards and Disasters, Urban Environments.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate).

Name of course: IBH1 Geography
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: A good pass grade in MYP Geography (IGCSE) or a strong interest and commitment to the study of geography

Description
The four core themes for Paper 1 and common to both Higher and Standard level IB Geography, are: Population Change, Disparities in Wealth and Development, Patterns in Environmental Quality and Sustainability and Patterns in Resource Consumption are. The core themes provide many opportunities to look critically at how our world is changing. Using up to date case studies from all parts of the globe we will examine evidence to discuss both traditional and modern issues that arise through Geography. Fertility, mortality, disease, migration, refugees, population structure, overpopulation, hunger, malnutrition, food production, trade, aid, sustainable development, conservation and recycling are some of the important issues which you find out about. Geography web pages are valuable tools for research projects and background reading and allow students to focus much more of their time and energy on the analysis and interpretation of data and information sources.

Fieldwork is an essential part of the course and all students will develop a wide range of transferable skill as they plan, prepare and present their two practical assignments. The importance of the fieldwork is reflected in the marks awarded for IB internal assessment, accounting for 20% at the standard level.

The higher level optional themes in Paper 2 will be: Extreme Environments, Hazards and Disasters and Urban Environments. Paper 3, which is only undertaken by higher level students focuses on global interactions, flows, exchanges arising from disparities that exist between places. It presents important, contestable geographic issues of change in space and tie for HL students to question.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate).

Name of course: IBH2 Geography
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: IB Year 1 Geography

Description
The four core themes for Paper 1 and common to both Higher and Standard level IB Geography, are: Population Change, Disparities in Wealth and Development, Patterns in Environmental Quality and Sustainability and Patterns in Resource Consumption are. The core themes provide many opportunities to look critically at how our world is changing. Using up to date case studies from all parts of the globe we will examine evidence to discuss both traditional and modern issues that arise through Geography. Fertility, mortality, disease, migration, refugees, population structure, overpopulation, hunger, malnutrition, food production, trade, aid, sustainable development, conservation and recycling are some of the important issues which you find out about. Geography web pages are valuable tools for research projects and background reading and allow students to focus much more of their time and energy on the analysis and interpretation of data and information sources.

Fieldwork is an essential part of the course and all students will develop a wide range of transferable skill as they plan, prepare and present their two practical assignments. The importance of the fieldwork is reflected in the marks awarded for IB internal assessment, accounting for 20% at the standard level.

The higher level optional themes in Paper 2 will be: Extreme Environments, Hazards and Disasters and Urban Environments. Paper 3, which is only undertaken by higher level students focuses on global interactions, flows, exchanges arising from disparities that exist between places. It presents important, contestable geographic issues of change in space and tie for HL students to question.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate).

Name of course: IBS History 1 & 2 / IBH History 1 & 2
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: It is recommended that the student has a good pass grade in MYP History (IGCSE) or a strong interest and commitment to the study of history

Description
History is concerned with individuals and societies in a political, social, economic and cultural context. IB History requires students to study a selection of 19th and 20th Century World History topics such as: Causes, practices and effects of war; The rise and rule of single party states; and the Cold War. Students apply these topics to various regions in the world. Students will also be required to conduct a Historical Investigation on a topic of interest.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate).

Name of course: IBS Information Technology 1 & 2 / IBH Information Technology 1 & 2
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Successful completion of an MYP humanities course or equivalent

Description
This course will study the impact of information technology at both local and global levels. New technologies and their current uses are included. There is a strong emphasis on using different software applications to design information technology solutions to problems.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate). Students are assessed through a internal written tasks and two examinations.

Name of course: IB Global Politics
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Successful completion of an MYP humanities course or equivalent

Description
This course offers a critical, IB-level approach to studying the workings of governments and international organizations. Students who are interested in both current events and in understanding how the global political system works will benefit from this course as they explore causes and solutions to global and regional issues. Students will examine a wide variety of current world issues from a national, transnational, and global perspective to develop knowledge and an understanding of global interdependence. Students will explore problems and concerns facing contemporary leaders, and search for solutions through research and debate.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate). Students are assessed through internal written tasks and two examinations.

Languages

Name of course: MYP Dutch A (IGCSE)
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: This course is designed for native Dutch speakers who have a sound knowledge of the language.

Description
The IGCSE Dutch syllabus encourages students to develop lifelong skills, including:

  • the ability to use Dutch as a means of practical communication
  • insight into the culture and civilisation of countries where the language is spoken
  • a positive attitude towards language learning, towards the speakers of other languages, and towards other cultures and civilizations
  • techniques which can be applied to other areas of learning, such as analysis and memory skills
  • a sound foundation for progression to employment or further study

Assessment
This course is a credit course and is assessed externally by the University of Cambridge (UK) at the end of Grade 10. Grades for certain assessment tasks are also internally assessed for MYP Dutch A.

Name of course: MYP French Foundation
Duration of course: 2 semesters
Prerequisites: None/very little

Description
This language course aims to develop the following skills: writing, speaking, listening and reading. The objectives of this beginners' course is to provide enjoyment, creativity and stimulation, and offer insights into the culture and civilization of the countries where the language is spoken. Another objective of the course will be to establish a sound base of those skills, language and attitudes required for possible further study, work and leisure.

Students will develop these skills through exploration of the following topics: Making Friends; My Family; Pets; Leisure; Birthdays; Food and Drink; In the City; Times and Dates; Travel; Holidays.

The principal text is Route Nationale 1.

Assessment
This course is a credit course. Grades for certain assessment tasks are internally assessed for MYP French.

Name of course: MYP French (IGCSE)
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Two or preferably three years recent experience in French recommended

Description
This is a two year course where students will develop their French skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing to enable them to use the language effectively for purposes of practical communication within any French-speaking environment.

During this course, students will study aspects of the culture and civilisation of French-speaking countries. We hope to encourage positive attitudes towards the learning of a foreign language, provide the best possible level of proficiency in French and encourage and enable further development of French for personal, academic or professional purposes.

In the first year, students will develop their skills through the exploration of such topics as: The Family; The World of Work; Fashion; Meeting Young People; Town and Country; Urban and International Transport; Holidays; Daily Routine and School; Gastronomy.

In the second year, students will develop their skills through the exploration of such topics as: New Horizons; Leisure; Health and Fitness; The Future and Visiting a French-Speaking Country.

The principal texts are Encore Tricolore 4 and Encore Tricolore 5.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and assessed externally by the University of Cambridge (UK) at the end of Grade 10. Grades for certain assessment tasks are also internally assessed for MYP French.

Name of course: MYP Advanced German (IGCSE)
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Two or preferably three years recent experience in German recommended

Description
This is a two year course where students will develop their German skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing to enable them to use the language effectively for purposes of practical communication in a range of situations.

During this course, students will study aspects of the culture and civilisation. We hope to encourage positive attitudes towards the learning of a foreign language, provide the best possible level of proficiency in German and encourage and enable further development of the language for personal, academic or professional purposes.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and assessed externally by the University of Cambridge (UK) at the end of Grade 10. Grades for certain assessment tasks are also internally assessed for MYP German.

Name of course: MYP Japanese Foundation
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: None

Description
The four skills in language learning - speaking, listening, reading and writing - are promoted through exposing the students to Japan's culture and civilisation. A systematic approach to language acquisition is found in this course, although, at the same time, specific attention will be given to enhance the students' intellectual interest, creativity and curiosity.

Assessment
This course is a credit course. Grades for certain assessment tasks are internally assessed for MYP Japanese.

Name of course: MYP Japanese A (IGCSE)
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: This course is designed for native Japanese speakers who have a sophisticated grasp of the language.

Description
The main objectives of this course are to maintain students' Japanese language skills, especially reading, kanji, writing essays (Sakubun) and oral presentation. The study of classical literature is also required. In this course, students not only study literature but also the culture, history, current affairs (Komin) of Japan. This course is taught at the same level as Secondary school level 3 in Japan.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and assessed externally by the University of Cambridge (UK) at the end of grade 10 (for IGCSE certification). Grades for certain assessment tasks are also externally moderated for IB MYP certification.

Name of course: MYP Korean A
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: This course is designed for native Korean speakers who have a sophisticated grasp of the language

Description
The main objectives of the course are to understand and analyze language, content, structure, meaning and significance of both familiar and previously unseen oral, written, and visual texts. oral discussion. It also aims for students to explore composing pieces that apply appropriate literary or non-literary features to serve the context and apply Korean terminology in context.

Assessment
All assessment in the MYP is carried out by teachers in the class room. Students' work is assessed against defined assessment criteria. Teachers adhere to the IBO philosophy of criterion-based assessment, in which teachers report the achievement levels reached by each student according to clearly defined rubrics. This judgement is based on a variety of tasks that the student performs during that grading period, and the final achievement level reflects the progress the student has made rather than an average of the achievement levels attained on all criterion-specific tasks.

Name of course: MYP Mandarin Foundation
Duration of course: 2 semesters
Prerequisites: None/very little

Description
The main goals for this course are to develop fluency through aural-oral approach with sufficient attention in all drill activities to carry out tasks assigned for additional practice at home and to provide students with the sight and sounds of the Chinese language and culture. This language course aims to develop the following skills: writing, speaking, listening and reading. We hope to encourage a positive attitude toward the learning of a foreign language and provide the best possible level of proficiency in Mandarin.

Assessment
This course is a credit course. Grades for certain assessment tasks are internally assessed for MYP Mandarin.

Name of course: MYP Mandarin (IGCSE)
Duration of course: 2 semesters
Prerequisites: Two or preferably three years previous experience in Mandarin recommended

Description
A two year course where students will develop their Mandarin skills to enable them to use the language effectively for purposes of practical communication within any Mandarin-speaking environment. During this course, students will study aspects of the Chinese culture and civilisation required for further study, work and leisure. The IGCSE exam will consist of 3 papers.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and assessed externally by the University of Cambridge (UK) at the end of grade 10 (for IGCSE certification). Grades for certain assessment tasks are also externally moderated for IB MYP certification.

Name of course: MYP Spanish (IGCSE)
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Two or preferably three years previous experience in Spanish recommended

Description
In semester 1 and 2, this class will study in depth the language, people and culture of Spain and other countries in the Spanish speaking world. Further development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills will be emphasized. This course allows the students to utilise the grammar and vocabulary that they have learned to expand their reading and writing skills. The students will use the text Espanol 2000 elemental (second part) as well as authentic materials and other additional teacher produced resources. A further goal will be that of motivating students to pursue second language learning in general through their accomplishments in this particular language.

In semester 3 & 4, this intermediate/advanced course is for students who have successfully completed the G1 course and wish to continue their studies of Spanish at a higher level. This course focuses on different topics in Spanish language and culture. There will be grammar review and exploration of advanced grammar topics. The students will use the text Espanol 2000 Medio (first part) as well as authentic materials and other additional teacher produced resources. The four skills areas will continue to be emphasized with projects and activities such as debates, role plays, long compositions etc. so as to achieve the appropriate levels of success for the external exam.

Preparation for the IGCSE exams will also be included in the form of mock examinations and practice exercises. A further goal will be that of motivating students to pursue second language learning in general through their accomplishments in this particular language.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and assessed externally by the University of Cambridge (UK) at the end of Grade 10. Grades for certain assessment tasks are also internally assessed for MYP Spanish.

Mandarin, French, Japanese, German and Spanish

Description
The language ab initio course is a language acquisition course for students with no previous experience of the language. Through the development of receptive, productive and interactive skills, students acquire the ability to respond and interact appropriately in a defined range of everyday situations.

The students' progress is assessed through homework, group oral discussion and practice tests and essays.

Content
The course will cover and assess competence in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing in a range of registers.

It is organized around three themes.

  • Individual and society
  • Leisure and work
  • Urban and rural environment

Each theme has a list of topics that provide the students with opportunities to practise and explore the language as well as to develop intercultural competence.

Assessment
This course is both an OFS credit course as well as an IB course. Ongoing assessment of progress will be carried out via homework, group oral discussion, practice tests and essays. IB assessment is carried out externally at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate).

The external IB assessment is comprised of two written papers. These include questions based on a number of texts and a writing task. These two papers make up 70% of the final grade. The oral component, making up the remaining 30% of the grade, is assessed internally and is externally moderated. This is an individual oral based on a visual stimulus not previously seen or prepared by the candidate. In addition, each candidate will be graded on an interactive oral activity, selected from 3 opportunities in the second year of the course.

Chinese, French, Japanese, German and Spanish

Description
Language B SL is a language acquisition course for students with some background in the target language. While learning this additional language, students also explore the culture(s) connected to it.

Content
The course will cover and assess competence in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing in a range of registers. All students will learn these through the following topics.

  • Social relationships
  • Communication and media
  • Global issues
  • Health
  • Customs and traditions
  • Leisure
  • Cultural diversity
  • Science and technology

Assessment
This course is both an OFS credit course as well as an IB course. Ongoing assessment of progress will be carried out via homework, group oral discussion, practice tests and essays. IB assessment is carried out externally at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate).

The external IB assessment is comprised of two written papers. These include questions based on a number of texts and a writing task. These two papers make up 70% of the final grade. The oral component, making up the remaining 30% of the grade, is assessed internally and is externally moderated. Each candidate will carry out an individual oral presentation, based on a topic chosen by the candidate. In addition, each candidate will be graded on an interactive oral activity, selected from 3 opportunities in the second year of the course.

Mandarin, French, Japanese, German and Spanish

Description
Language B HL is a language acquisition course for students with some background in the target language. While learning this additional language, students also explore the culture(s) connected to it.

Higher level Language B is differentiated from Standard level Language B by having additional required teaching hours, a greater depth of syllabus coverage, the study of literature, and an increased level of expected achievement against the assessment criteria.

Content
The course will cover and assess competence in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing in a range of registers. All students will learn these through the following topics.

  • Social relationships
  • Communication and media
  • Global issues
  • Health
  • Customs and traditions
  • Leisure
  • Cultural diversity
  • Science and technology

Higher Level students will also include works of literature.

Assessment
This course is both an OFS credit course as well as an IB course. Ongoing assessment of progress will be carried out via homework, group oral discussion, practice tests and essays. IB assessment is carried out externally at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate).

The external IB assessment is comprised of two written papers. These include questions based on a number of texts and a writing task. These two papers make up 70% of the final grade. The oral component, making up the remaining 30% of the grade, is assessed internally and is externally moderated. Each candidate will carry out an individual oral presentation, based on a topic chosen by the candidate. In addition, each candidate will be graded on an interactive oral activity, selected from 3 opportunities in the second year of the course.

Name of course: IBS Japanese A: Language and Literature 1 & 2 / IBH Japanese A: Language and Literature 1 & 2
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Students must be proficient in Japanese

Description
This course has two language sections and two literature sections. The two language topics are linked to cultural contexts and mass communications. The literature texts are mainly selected from IB prescribed lists and include some texts in translation. Students read 4 texts over the two years at standard level and 6 texts at higher level. In the language topics students are given the opportunity to explore how language develops in specific cultural contexts, how it impacts on the world and the ways in which language shapes both individual and group identity. Language use in the media is also studied. The literature study promotes the development of an appreciation of literature, as well as an understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism. The use of some translated literature seeks to broaden students' perspectives through the study of works from other cultures and languages.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate).

Students are assessed through one or two extended written tasks, two oral activities and two examination papers.

Name of course: IBS Japanese A: Literature 1 & 2 / IBH Japanese A: Literature 1 & 2
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Students must demonstrate enthusiasm for and sensitivity to Literature. This course is designed for native Japanese speakers.

Description
Semester 1 and 2:

All students are given the opportunity to develop their skills in writing Japanese essays (Shoronbun), oral presentation, some linguistic structures and reading. Current affairs will also be discussed. The study of a wide range of Japanese literature and culture is central to this course.

Students will study not only current novels but also classical novels.

The program also requires the student to look at World Literature.

Semester 3 and 4:

To enable entry into the Japanese universities in Japan, all students are given the opportunity to develop their skills in writing Japanese essays, Kanji usage, some linguistic structures and oral presentations. There are not only studies in literature but also on various current affairs (Gendaishakai) and philosophy (Rinrishakai).

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate).

Name of course: IBS Chinese A: Language and Literature 1 & 2 / IBH Chinese A: Language and Literature 1 & 2
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Students must be proficient in Chinese

Description
This course has two language sections and two literature sections. The two language topics are linked to cultural contexts and mass communications. The literature texts are mainly selected from IB prescribed lists and include some texts in translation. Students read 4 texts over the two years at standard level and 6 texts at higher level. In the language topics students are given the opportunity to explore how language develops in specific cultural contexts, how it impacts on the world and the ways in which language shapes both individual and group identity. Language use in the media is also studied. The literature study promotes the development of an appreciation of literature, as well as an understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism. The use of some translated literature seeks to broaden students' perspectives through the study of works from other cultures and languages.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate).

Students are assessed through one or two extended written tasks, two oral activities and two examination papers.

Name of course: IBS Chinese A: Literature 1 & 2 / IBH Chinese A: Literature 1 & 2
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Students must demonstrate enthusiasm for and appreciation for Literature. This course is designed for native Mandarin speakers who have a sophisticated grasp of the language.

Description
The Language A program aims to promote an appreciation of the wealth and subtleties of Chinese and to lead to an awareness of linguistic structures. The course seeks to facilitate the clear expression of ideas, to aid clear and precise presentation of argument and to assist in the understanding of both oral and written discourse. The Language A1 program encourages the development of an appreciation of Literature and a knowledge of the culture of the student's own society (and of other societies). In view of the international nature of the IB, the program does not limit the study of Literature to the achievements of one culture. Through the study of World Literature, which is a central and integral part of the program, the student may gain a broader and international perspective of literature and human thought. Fifteen substantial works of literature will be studied.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate).

Name of course: IBS Korean A: Language and Literature 1 & 2 / IBH Korean A: Language and Literature 1 & 2
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Students must be proficient in Korean

Description
This course has two language sections and two literature sections. The two language topics are linked to cultural contexts and mass communications. The literature texts are mainly selected from IB prescribed lists and include some texts in translation. Students read 4 texts over the two years at standard level and 6 texts at higher level. In the language topics students are given the opportunity to explore how language develops in specific cultural contexts, how it impacts on the world and the ways in which language shapes both individual and group identity. Language use in the media is also studied. The literature study promotes the development of an appreciation of literature, as well as an understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism. The use of some translated literature seeks to broaden students' perspectives through the study of works from other cultures and languages.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate).

Students are assessed through one or two extended written tasks, two oral activities and two examination papers.

Name of course: IBS Korean A: Literature 1 & 2 / IBH Korean A: Literature 1 & 2
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Students must demonstrate enthusiasm for and appreciation of Literature. This course is designed for native Korean speakers who have a sophisticated grasp of the language.

Description
The Language A program aims to promote an appreciation of the wealth and subtleties of Korean and to lead to an awareness of linguistic structures. Students will examine a variety of authors and selections from world and Korean literature with an opportunity to apply their critical reading and writing skills in the context of that literature: poetry, short stories and novels. They will study the cultural and social perspectives found in these works, participate in class and group discussions, and respond to literature in writing. Vocabulary development, written literary analysis, critical thinking skills, and organisational and speaking skills will be an integral part of the course. In view of the international nature of the IB Diploma, the program does not limit the study of Literature to the achievements of one culture. Through the study of World Literature, which is a central and integral part of the program, the student may gain a broader and international perspective of literature and human thought.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate).

Name of course: IBS Dutch A: Language and Literature 1 & 2 / IBH Dutch A: Language and Literature 1 & 2
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Students must be proficient in Dutch

Description
This course has two language sections and two literature sections. The two language topics are linked to cultural contexts and mass communications. The literature texts are mainly selected from IB prescribed lists and include some texts in translation. Students read 4 texts over the two years at standard level and 6 texts at higher level. In the language topics students are given the opportunity to explore how language develops in specific cultural contexts, how it impacts on the world and the ways in which language shapes both individual and group identity. Language use in the media is also studied. The literature study promotes the development of an appreciation of literature, as well as an understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism. The use of some translated literature seeks to broaden students' perspectives through the study of works from other cultures and languages.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate).

Students are assessed through one or two extended written tasks, two oral activities and two examination papers.

(various languages depending on demand)

Name of course: Pre-IB Foreign Language
Duration of course: 2 semesters
Prerequisites: Students must be new learners of the languages offered

Description
This course is a one year IB preparatory course, leading to the first year of IB Language B Foundation courses. This program involves practice in all language skills: reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and presenting. One semester will entail study of an Asian language, while the other semester will study a European language. It includes the study and use of literary and non-literary texts. This course also seeks to broaden students� perspectives through the study of different cultures and language.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and assessed internally via coursework, visual and oral presentations, unit tests and examinations.

This is a Language credit course for the OFS High School Diploma.

Name of course: IBS Self-Taught A: Literature
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Students must be proficient in their native language

Description
This course is a literature course. Texts are selected from an IB prescribed list and emphasize both traditional literary texts as well as World Literature texts. Students read 10 texts over the two years. The course encourages and promotes students to develop appreciation of literature, as well as an understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism. The emphasis on World Literature seeks to broaden students' perspectives through the study of works from other cultures and languages. As the course is intended for small numbers of students, allowing them to study literature in their native language, instruction of literary analysis techniques will be done with prescribed texts in English, which students may then transfer to the translations in their native language.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate). Students are assessed through a World Literature assignment, two oral presentations and two examinations.

OFS Language Policy

OFS values language highly as students learn in and through language. Our belief is that every subject teacher is also a language teacher. OFS strives to provide an optimal language learning environment so that our linguistically diverse range of students may develop their full potential in English (the language of instruction), a foreign language and their mother tongue.

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Physical Education

Name of course: MYP Physical & Health Education 9/10
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: None

Description
MYP Physical & Health Education aims to provide the students with a curriculum and an environment that encourages lifelong responsibility for physical activity and healthy behavior, which adds to the quality of life. Total personal development of the individual is of primary importance. Students will be provided with the opportunity to experience and appreciate cross-cultural sports. Sports will include various team and evasion games, racket sports, striking games, general fitness classes and swimming.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and grades for certain assessment tasks are also internally assessed for MYP Physical & Health Education.

Name of course: Physical Education 11/12
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: None

Description
The PE objective is to provide the students with a curriculum and an environment which encourages life long responsibility for physical activity and healthy behavior, which adds to the quality of life. Total personal development of the individual is of primary importance. Students will be provided with the opportunity to experience and appreciate cross-cultural sports. Sports will include various team and evasion games, racket sports, striking games, general fitness classes and swimming.

Assessment
This course is a credit course only. There is no external assessment.

Mathematics

Name of course: MYP Mathematics (IGCSE)
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: None

Description
All students will follow a common syllabus of integrated mathematics, studying elements of numeracy, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, probability and statistics. On entering the course, students will be assessed and placed with other students who work at a similar level. They will then aim to cover the syllabus topics appropriate to their level.

Students who are placed in the core class will aim to cover the core topics only from the IGCSE syllabus. At the end of Grade 10, they will sit the IGCSE Core examination.

Students who are placed in the extended class will work at a brisk pace to cover the core and extended topics from the IGCSE syllabus. At the end of Grade 10, they will sit the IGCSE Extended examination.

Students who are placed in the accelerated class not only cover the work of the extended class but also do some pre-requisite work in preparation for the IB Diploma Higher Level Mathematics course.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and assessed externally by the University of Cambridge at the time of the external examinations for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education. Certain assessment tasks are also internally assessed for MYP Mathematics.

Name of course: Pre-IB Mathematics
Duration of course: 2 semesters
Prerequisites: Successful completion of an MYP Mathematics course or equivalent

Description
This course is a one year IB preparatory course, leading to the first year of any of IB Mathematical Studies. This program involves development of mathematical skills required for further study in IB Mathematics, including: Number, Measurement, Geometry, Algebra, Statistics and Probability.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and assessed internally via coursework, unit tests and examinations.

This is a Mathematics credit course for the OFS High School Diploma.

Name of course: IBS Mathematical Studies
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Recommendation of Grade 10 teacher

Description
The purpose of the course is to provide the mathematical grounding required for various further courses of study or in many types of employment. However, students who are intending to study or work in areas that are intensely mathematical should consider the IB Methods or higher courses. The Studies course leads students to take the first steps in areas such as calculus, statistics, functions and, therefore, to equip them with the vocabulary to approach many practical situations with confidence. The emphasis on the practical is made further by a substantial project based on personal research in the second year.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate).

Name of course: IBS Mathematics
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Recommendation of Grade 10 teacher; 'C' or better IGCSE result

Description
The purpose of the course is to provide a background of mathematical thought and a reasonable level of technical ability for those not wishing to take Mathematics at a higher level. It is intended to provide a sound mathematical basis for those students planning to pursue further studies in such fields as chemistry, economics, geography and business. It is a demanding program since it contains a variety of mathematical topics and requires some background knowledge. Some topics studied include functions, further trigonometry, vectors and calculus.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate).

Name of course: IBH Mathematics
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: 'B' or better IGCSE result; recommendation of Grade 10 teacher

Description
It is designed for students with competence and a good background in mathematics. Some students will choose to study the subject because they have a genuine interest in mathematics for further studies in this subject or related subjects such as physics, engineering or technology at university. This course is an IB higher level of study. It is a rigorous course of study and students selecting this course will be expected to have demonstrated a high level of mathematical competence in their previous studies. Topics include polynomials, induction, statistics, groups, analysis, geometry and discrete mathematics.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate).

Science

Name of course: MYP Integrated Science
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: None

Description
This is an integrated science course. The topics covered include:

  • Scientific Enquiry
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Energy Transfers
  • Plants in Ecosystems
  • Light and Sound
  • Human Body
  • Human Chemistry
  • Periodic Table
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Electricity
  • Forces and Motion
  • The Universe

Each topic has a 'unit question' that is linked to one of the MYP Areas of Interaction. The course may lead to further study of the sciences at IB Diploma Level.

Assessment
Students are assessed according to the requirements of the IB Middle Years Program.

Students produce a portfolio of coursework that is internally assessed for MYP Sciences.

Name of course: MYP Coordinated Science (IGCSE)
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: None

Description
This course follows the Cambridge IGCSE Coordinated Science syllabus. The topics covered include:

  • Scientific Enquiry
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Energy Transfers
  • Plants in Ecosystems
  • Human Body
  • Forces and Motion
  • Light and Sound
  • Periodic Table
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Human Chemistry
  • Electricity
  • Our Environment

This is the ideal course for students who enjoy science and who may be considering studying two (or more) sciences at IB Diploma Level.

Assessment
There will be ongoing MYP assessment throughout the course along with semester examinations. Students will sit external IGCSE examinations at the end of the second year of the course. The examinations consist of three papers as follows: Paper 1 (multiple-choice, 45 minutes), Paper 2 or 3 (short answer and structured questions, 2 hours), Paper 6 (a written paper to test familiarity with practical-based procedures, 1 hour).

As well as preparing for their IGCSE examinations, students will produce a portfolio of MYP coursework that is assessed internally for MYP Sciences.

Name of course: Pre-IB Sciences
Duration of course: 2 semesters
Prerequisites: Successful completion of an MYP Science course or equivalent

Description
This course is a one year IB preparatory course, leading to the first year of any of the following: IB Biology, IB Chemistry, IB EVSS, IB Physics. This program involves study of all the major sciences. Emphasis will be placed on developing not only deeper understanding of the different science disciplines, but also on laboratory techniques and practices.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and assessed internally via coursework, laboratory skills, unit tests and examinations. This is a Science credit course for the OFS High School Diploma.

Name of course: IBS Biology
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Successful completion of an MYP Science (IGCSE) course or equivalent

Description
Biology is the study of living systems. Four basic biological concepts run through the course. These are Structure and Function, Universality versus Diversity, Equilibrium within Systems and Evolution.

Topics covered in Standard Level Biology include: Cells, The Chemistry of Life, Genetics, Ecology and evolution, Human health and Physiology. Students will also study two of the following: Diet and Human Nutrition, Physiology of Exercise, Cells and Energy, Evolution, Neurobiology and Behaviour, Applied Plant and Animal Science, Ecology and Conservation.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate). The student's laboratory performance will be assessed internally by the teacher and then moderated externally by the IBO.

Name of course: IBH Biology
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Successful completion of an MYP Science (IGCSE) course or equivalent

Description
Biology is the study of living systems. Four basic biological concepts run through the course. These are Structure and Function, Universality versus Diversity, Equilibrium within Systems and Evolution.

In addition to the core topics (see Standard Level Biology) the following topics are covered in Higher Level Biology: Nucleic Acids and Proteins, Cell Respiration and Photosynthesis, Genetics, Human Reproduction, Defence against Infectious Disease, Nerves, Muscles and Movement, Excretion, Plant Science. Students will also study two of the following: Evolution, Neurobiology and Behaviour, Applied Plant and Animal Science, Ecology and Conservation, Further Human Physiology.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate). The student's laboratory performance will be assessed internally by the teacher and then moderated externally by the IBO.

Name of course: IBS Chemistry
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Successful completion of MYP Integrated Science or IGCSE Coordinated Science or equivalent

Description
Chemistry is an experimental science that combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigative skills. It is often called the central (or bridging) science as chemical principles underpin both the physical environment in which we live and all biological systems. Practical work is closely linked to the theory being studied. Practical work is a mixture of illustrative, analytical and synthetic work.

Topics covered in Standard Level Chemistry include: Quantitative Chemistry, Atomic Structure, Periodicity, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibrium, Acids and Bases, Oxidation and Reduction, Organic Chemistry, Measurement and Data Processing. Students will also study two of the following option topics: Modern Analytical Chemistry, Human Biochemistry, Chemistry in Industry and Technology, Medicines and Drugs, Environmental Chemistry, Food Chemistry, Further Organic Chemistry.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate). The student's laboratory performance will be assessed internally by the teacher and then moderated externally by the IBO.

Name of course: IBH Chemistry
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Successful completion of MYP Integrated Science or IGCSE Coordinated Science or equivalent

Description
Chemistry is an experimental science that combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigative skills. It is often called the central (or bridging) science as chemical principles underpin both the physical environment in which we live and all biological systems. Practical work is closely linked to the theory being studied. Practical work is a mixture of illustrative, analytical and synthetic work.

Topics covered in Higher Level Chemistry include: Quantitative Chemistry, Atomic Structure, Periodicity, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibrium, Acids and Bases, Oxidation and Reduction, Organic Chemistry, Measurement and Data Processing. Students will also study two of the following option topics: Modern Analytical Chemistry, Human Biochemistry, Chemistry in Industry and Technology, Medicines and Drugs, Environmental Chemistry, Food Chemistry, Further Organic Chemistry.

Each topic in Higher Level Chemistry is studied in greater depth than in the Standard Level course. A sound understanding of mathematics is required for Higher Level Chemistry.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate). The student's laboratory performance will be assessed internally by the teacher and then moderated externally by the IBO.

Name of course: IBS Physics
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Successful completion of MYP Integrated Science or IGCSE Coordinated Science or equivalent

Description
Physics is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences as it seeks to explain the universe itself, form the very smallest particles to the vast distances between galaxies.

Topics covered in Standard Level Physics include: Physics and physical measurement, Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Oscillations and Waves, Electric currents, Fields and forces, Atomic and nuclear physics, Energy, power and climate change. Students will also study two of the following option topics: Sight and wave phenomena, Quantum and nuclear physics, Digital technology, Relativity and particle physics, Astrophysics, Communications and Electromagnetic waves.

Students should also study SL Mathematics or HL Mathematics. Maths Studies is not advisable for IB Physics.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate). The student's laboratory performance will be assessed internally by the teacher and then moderated externally by the IBO.

Name of course: IBH Physics
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Successful completion of MYP Integrated Science or IGCSE Coordinated Science or equivalent

Description
Physics is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences as it seeks to explain the universe itself, form the very smallest particles to the vast distances between galaxies.

Topics covered in Standard Level Physics include: Physics and physical measurement, Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Oscillations and Waves, Electric currents, Fields and forces, Atomic and nuclear physics, Energy, power and climate change, Digital Technology. Students will also study two of the following option topics: Astrophysics, Communications and Electromagnetic waves, Relativity, Medical Physics, Particle Physics.

Students should also study SL Mathematics or HL Mathematics. Maths Studies is not advisable for IB Physics.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate). The student's laboratory performance will be assessed internally by the teacher and then moderated externally by the IBO.

Name of course: IBS Environmental Systems and Societies
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Successful completion of MYP Integrated Science or IGCSE Coordinated Science or equivalent

Description
The Environmental Systems and Societies course offers the study of environmental issues at the global and local scale. Students will explore the role of technology in both causing and preventing environmental problems, and will apply a range of methodologies in this exploration. The emphasis on Societies means that students will study different cultural perspectives and will gain an understanding of how local and international collaboration is involved in addressing environmental issues.

Topics covered in Environmental Systems and Societies include: Systems and Models, The Ecosystem, Human Population, Carrying Capacity and Resource Use, Conservation and Biodiversity, Pollution Management, The Issue of Global Warming, Environmental Value Systems.

Assessment
This course is both a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate). The student's laboratory performance will be assessed internally by the teacher and then moderated externally by the IBO.

Study Preparation Program (SPP)

Name of course: SPP English (Level 1)
Duration of course: At least 1 semester
Prerequisites: None. Entry level English - insufficient mastery to enter Level 2.

Description
A fun way to master basic English vocabulary, reading, speaking, writing, grammar, question forms, and varying degrees of politeness and appropriateness. Students learn to communicate in a fun way. This reduces stress and encourages risk taking as students become more confident and less fearful of making mistakes.

A wide variety of teaching and learning methods are used. This may involve singing and acting as well as formal comprehension, written exercises and spoken presentations.

Some course components include:

  • Basic Vocabulary - parts of body, moods, time, house, supermarket etc.
  • Basic Grammar - simple and continuous present and past tenses, prepositions, etc.
  • Greetings
  • Describing Self and Others
  • Reporting Events
  • Writing about our experiences

Assessment
There is no external assessment.

Name of course: SPP English (Level 2)
Duration of course: At least 1 semester
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Level 1 English or equivalent level of English

Description
This course is designed to develop and strengthen the students reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in a variety of practical situations. Students use a variety of genres and write for real and imagined audiences. Core topics include:

  • correct sentence and paragraph structure
  • use of appropriate formality
  • reading comprehension
  • skimming and scanning
  • vocabulary development
  • novel reviews

A range of activities is used to cover these topics. They include readings from books, newspapers and magazines. Short stories and short novels are used throughout the course. Students may also write for a range of purposes including: preparing brochures describing famous historical sites, writing personal journals and writing short answers to formal comprehension questions.

The course also covers the use of various grammatical forms, parts of speech, verb tenses, idioms, transitional words and connectors to enable students to develop more complex writing.

Assessment
There is no external assessment.

Name of course: SPP English (Level 3)
Duration of course: At least 1 semester
Prerequisites: Level 2 SPP English or similar proficiency

Description
This course is designed to strengthen the students' reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in standard International English. By the end of the course students are expected to demonstrate sufficient skill and confidence to attempt mainstream subjects. Although students are expected to improve in all areas of language development special emphasis is placed on reading and writing. Students are exposed to a wide variety of reading and gain experience in reading and writing in a variety of genres including narratives, instructional writing, argumentative or persuasive writing, business letter writing, letters of complaint and personal letters.

Assessment
There is no external assessment.

Name of course: SPP Communications (Level 1) - All grades / SPP Communications (Level 2) - 9/10, 11/12 / SPP Communications (Level 3) - 9/10, 11/12
Duration of course: At least 1 semester
Prerequisites: None

Description
SPP communication classes are designed to develop speaking and listening skills in all levels of English.

Level 1: Using the acclaimed English language video series 'Crossroads Café' as the core resource, students learn new vocabulary and grammar. While building confidence in their speaking and listening skills, students meet the workers at the Crossroad Café and their friends and families. Each episode includes a new life theme, a specific language function and a new language activity.

Level 2: Students listen to taped conversations and discuss everyday topics such as the zoo, bus, tourist, airline, subway, weather and/or movie information. Script writing and role playing help the students to create and practice real situations and focus on specific language strategies and functions.

Level 3: Using many authentic resources, students begin the course learning how to actively participate in groups and recognize and resolve personality and cultural clashes. The second half of the course looks at mass media and it's personal, economic, artistic and political influences on today's society.

Assessment
There is no external assessment.

Name of course: SPP Humanities (Level 1) - All grades / SPP Humanities (Level 2) - 9/10, 11/12 / SPP Humanities (Level 3) - 9/10, 11/12
Duration of course: At least 1 semester
Prerequisites: None. Placement in appropriate ability level.

Description

Level 1: This course is for beginner English students in Humanities. They will study a variety of topics, such as, Geography, Weather and Climate, River Basins, Settlements, Transport and map skills. They will write simple sentences about these topics and will learn the vocabulary associated with them. They will also draw maps and diagrams and label these. This course will prepare them for mainstream Geography. Many of the same skills will be used in mainstream Geography.

Level 2: This course aims to build up students' language and vocabulary in Geography and History. Students will be given practise in writing sentences, paragraphs and then longer answers in response to questions on the topics studied in class. They will gain an understanding of western perceptions and perspectives in relation to the environment and to history as well as the language required to write about, research and discuss these viewpoints.

Level 3: This course is designed for SPP Level 3 students with a good level of spoken and written English. They will be expected to handle Humanities subjects at a high level to prepare for mainstream humanities courses. This includes exposure to a variety of concepts relating to this subject. The course comprises of geography and history.

Assessment
There is no external assessment.

Name of course: SPP Mathematics (Level 1) / SPP Mathematics (Level 2)
Duration of course: At least 1 semester
Prerequisites: None. Placement in appropriate ability level.

Description

Level 1: The course aims to provide these students with the necessary language skills to succeed in Mathematics, in an English speaking classroom.
Students learn basic concepts and processes in Mathematics and how to communicate them in English.
Some of the core topics include: simple arithmetics, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics and graphs.

Level 2: This course is for SPP level 2 students with limited English language ability being introduced to the Mathematical language and methodology in the English medium. The aims of the curriculum are the same as the MYP Mathematics (IGCSE).

Assessment
There is no external assessment.

Name of course: SPP Science (Level 1) - For all grades together / SPP Science (Level 2) - 9/10, 11/12 / SPP Science (Level 3) - 9/10, 11/12
Duration of course: At least 1 semester
Prerequisites: None

Description
For all levels.

Topics covered will be taken from all the three branches of science, ie Biology, Chemistry, Physics.

Topics covered in the first semester will not be repeated in the second semester with the exception of a few core units.

Grades 9/10 and 11/12 classes cover the same topics within each level, but 9/10 classes are usually taught in less depth and with more frequent quizzes, reviews and tests.

Level 1: Students acquire basic scientific terminology and elementary concepts needed to carry out simple inquiry in biology, chemistry and physics. This allows students to recognise, understand and develop their knowledge and simple practical skills in scientific studies. All practicals involved at this level will be guided.
Some of the core topics include: Making Observations, Inferencing, Writing Reports, Basic Cell Structures, Digestive System, Atoms and Elements, Measurements and Graph Reading

Level 2: The aim of Level 2 is to provide students with a foundation in the basic concepts and knowledge of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Students will be encouraged to become more independent learners
Some of the core topics include: Nutrition, Writing Reports, Human Digestive System, Atomic Theory and the Periodic Table, Chemical Bonding, Energy Resources, Electricity

Level 3: The aim at this level is to provide students with a solid foundation for their mainstream studies.
Science at this level will be based on the IGCSE combined Science G1 curriculum. The period of teaching time allocated to each of the topics will be longer than in the mainstream level although the contents covered will be basically similar.

Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of knowledge and understanding, development of transferable skills such as application, analysis and problem solving.

Some of the core topics include: Cell Structure and Movement in cells, Human Circulatory System, Writing Reports, Periodic Table, Formula Writing, Reproduction, Inheritance, Waves, Fuel and Polymers, Electricity.

Assessment
There is no external assessment.

Students whose main language is not English can join the Study Preparation Program (SPP).

This provides students the language, study skills, and cultural knowledge that are necessary to successfully enter English speaking mainstream classes. Students enter at Level 1 (Beginner), Level 2 (Intermediate) or Level 3 (Advanced) and study English, Humanities, Science and Communications (and Maths at Level 1 and 2). At level 2 and 3 PE is taught by mainstream teacher and they also study mainstream subjects. Students receive credit for their studies in SPP towards the OFS Diploma.

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Technology

Name of course: MYP Computer Technology
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: None

Description
The IBO's MYP Technology Guide defines this as "a subject that uses the design cycle to solve problems through the use of computers. MYP computer technology enables students to create computer-generated products/solutions to perform a task or meet a need... Examples of computer technology products/solutions can be multimedia packages and programming." Students' projects will be selected and sent for external moderation during this fifth and last year of the course.

Assessment
This is a credit course and grades for MYP assessment tasks are internally assessed for MYP Computer Technology.

Name of course: MYP/IGCSE Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: None

Description
This course aims to: help students to develop and consolidate their knowledge, skills and understanding in ICT and be aware of new and emerging technologies; encourage students to develop further as autonomous users of ICT; encourage students to continue to develop their ICT skills in order to enhance their work in a variety of subject areas; provide opportunities for students to analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate ICT systems; encourage students to consider the impact of new technologies on methods of working in the outside world and on social, economic, ethical and moral issues; help students to improve their skills and increase their awareness of the ways in which ICT is used in practical and work-related situations.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and assessed externally by the University of Cambridge (UK) at the end of Grade 10. Certain assessment tasks are also internally assessed for MYP Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Name of course: MYP Design Technology
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Interest in Design

Description
This course is a two year course that allows students to investigate a problem, plan a product or solution, then create and evaluate this product. While computers may be used, manipulation of materials will be very important. This course is very helpful developing the skills required for completing a successful MYP Personal Project.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and will be assessed according to MYP criteria. Grades for certain assessment tasks will be internally assessed for MYP Design Technology.

This is a Technology credit course for the OFS High School Diploma.

Name of course: IBS Computer Science 1 & 2 / IBH Computer Science 1 & 2
Duration of course: 4 semesters
Prerequisites: Computer Applications or IGCSE Computer Studies

Description
This course deals with the solving of problems using computers. Students will learn how to analyse problems, select appropriate hardware, make efficient use of algorithms, incorporate suitable data structures and eventually write computer programs to solve problems. 60% of the course will be dedicated to learning the skill of computer programming using the Java language.

The higher level course includes all the standard level except the students will be taught deeper theoretical aspects and taught to incorporate more difficult aspects of the Java language in their programs.

Assessment
This course is a credit course and assessed externally by the IBO at the end of the second year of study (as part of the IB Diploma Program or as a separate IB certificate). In the second year the students will complete a project resulting in a complete working program. This counts as 35% of their final mark.