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  • * Students exposed to the two great traditions of learning: the humanities and the sciences; * At least 3, not more than 4 HL (240 hours); the others at SL (150 hours): students thus able to study some subjects in depth, some more broadly, which is a deliberate compromise between the early specialization preferred in some national systems and the breadth found in others. * Stress the interdisciplinary nature: science-oriented student challenged to learn a foreign language; the natural linguist learns laboratory procedures. Extended Essay: 4000 words; acquaints students with the kind of independent research and writing skills expected at university. TOK: interdisciplinary course intended to stimulate critical reflection upon the knowledge gained inside and outside the classroom. CAS: stresses the importance of life outside scholarship, provides a counter- balance to academic self-absorption

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  • YOUR UPPER SCHOOL EXPERIENCE West Island School, Hong Kong 2011-13 Inspiring Students to become responsible Global Citizens
  • Pathways
  • Our common goal “ WIS has a commitment to provide an appropriate education for all our students regardless of their ability range and preferred learning style.” View slide
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  • International Diploma Pathway
    • International Diploma pathways are designed for a different set of preferred Learning Styles
    Career Related Applied progression to Further Education or Higher Education Applied Learning Formative Assessment Few end of course examinations Specific Subject focus Work Experience
  • International Diploma Pathway
    • A student that enters the International Diploma Programme should meet the following criteria :
    • achieved at least 4 A* - C at GCSE
    • have a good level of numeracy with a good standard of written
    • communication skills
    • displayed constructive energy during their time at WIS
    • shown a commitment to CAS
  • International Diploma Pathway
  • International Diploma Pathway- Major Subject Focus
  • International Diploma Pathway- Minor Subject Focus Art & Design Sport & Exercise Engineering Business Music Performing Arts Minor Subject Focus Choose one
  • International Diploma Pathway-
  • International Diploma Pathway- Core Curriculum
  • BTEC Business- Major or Minor
    • Is Business Studies for you?
    • If you particularly find the application of business theory to real life businesses interesting
    • Want to understand how a business runs, work, the recruitment and selection of employees
    • how businesses market themselves to consumers
    • how businesses should manage their accounts
    • The BTEC 3 National Diploma in Business is a full-time two-year course designed for students considering a career in any area of Business. This includes the following branches of Business:
    • Marketing
    • E-commerce
    • Finance
    • Human Resource Management
    • Accounting
    • Retail
  • BTEC Engineering- Major or Minor
    • Is Engineering for you?
    • Enjoy practical tasks as some of the units are very rewarding and you have the opportunity in manufacturing your solutions to real design problems
    • Develop your skills and knowledge on Engineering Materials and Processes, Engineering Drawing, Mathematics, Welding, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM).
    • The BTEC 3 Diploma in Engineering is a full-time two-year course leading to the following branches of Engineering:
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
  • BTEC Art & Design- Major or Minor The BTEC 3 Diploma in Art & Design will give you an understanding of the vital skills, techniques and attitudes to start as a successful professional or move on to further study. It will give an insight into employment opportunities available in the art and design world so that you can progress into a specific area of work within the industry.
    • Is Art & Design for you?
    • challenging, integrated, exciting, flexible and a varied programme
    • designed to meet individual student needs
    • a route through 'Specialist Art and Design Pathways’
    • relevant and purposeful pre-vocational course that can lead to various pathways.
    • provides awards and qualifications required for university entry or the work place.
  • BTEC Music - Major or Minor Is Music for you? If you enjoy performing music to an audience. If you like learning in a practical way. If you like working in teams The BTEC 3 Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma in Music are full-time two-year courses leading to careers or further specialized study in the music industry. If successful there are a wide variety of prospective careers that you can explore.    Professional musician/performer  Composer/arranger/songwriter  Recording engineer-technician  Sound technician  Music teacher If you want to learn and showcase your technical and professional skills involved in music production, music technology, songwriting, arranging, solo and group performance.
  • BTEC Sports & Exercise Sciences- Minor
    • Is Sports & Exercise Sciences for you?
    • develop your knowledge and skills in selected activities
    • explore the contemporary sociological issues in modern sport
    • examine the effects of exercise and the relationships between training and performance
    • analyse the way we learn to be skilful
    • compare and contrast sport through many differing cultures
    • enhance your understanding of the role of technology or psychology in sporting performance
    • find ways to improve your own performance through your greater understanding of the subject.
    The BTEC 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sports & Exercise Sciences is a full-time two-year. If you enjoy sporting activities the course will broaden your all round knowledge and skills in Physical Education as well as developing your understanding of the theory behind the subject.
  • BTEC Performing Arts - Minor
    • Is Performance for you?
    • Do you enjoy a creative challenge as all of the units are practically demanding, pushing you to explore new techniques and develop performance awareness?
    • You must want to problem solve within artistic frameworks, using a wide range of skills to communicate meaning to specific target audiences.
    • You must want to develop your skills and knowledge in a wide range of Drama genres and styles, using subject specific vocabulary to add clarity to your ideas.
    • The BTEC 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts is a full-time two-year course exploring the following areas of Theatre and Performance :
    • Performing to an Audience
    • Applying Physical Theatre
    • Theatre for Children
    • Devising Plays
    • Performing in Masks
    • Contemporary Theatre Performance
    • IB Diploma Programme
    • A student that enters the IB Diploma Programme should meet the following criteria:
    • Achieved at least 5 A* - C at GCSE including Math and English Language
    • Displayed constructive energy during their time at WIS
    • Shown a commitment to CAS.
  • IB Diploma in ESF Secondary Schools
    • IB Diploma Programme has been introduced for Post 16 Students across the 5 Secondary Schools in 2007
    • Students in Years 10-11 will continue to complete a Middle Year Curriculum with IGCSE and GCSE examinations.
  • IB Diploma at WIS
    • First cohort of students completed their Diploma in May 2009
    • You will be the fifth cohort of IB and Advanced Diploma students
  • The IB Diploma
    • A balanced and comprehensive international programme of study over two years for Post 16 students
    • University entrance qualification recognized around the world in over ninety countries
    • Over 3000 participating schools in more than 138 countries
    • 752,000 Students
  • The Full IB Diploma Curriculum
    • Study 6 subjects over two years
    • Three subjects studied at Higher Level
    • Three subjects studied at Standard Level
    • Study of the Theory of Knowledge
    • Completion of an Extended Essay
    • Participation in CAS (Creativity, Action, Service.)
  • Group 5 Maths IB Group 6 Creative Arts Group 1 Language A Group 2 Language B Ab initio Group 3 Individuals & Societies Group 4 Experimental Sciences Extended Essay Theory of Knowledge Creativity, Action, Service
  • Group 1: Literature A1- English
    • Demanding world literature course
    • Most students will study texts in English. They study novels, plays, non fiction and poetry from a range of countries and cultures
    • Some of the texts studied are translated texts originally written in non English languages.
    • 10 texts at Standard Level/13 texts at Higher level.
    • Self Taught Option (SL Only)
  • Group 1: Language & Literature A1 Chinese SL Only
    • Demanding Language and Literature Course
    • Students must be at a very high standard of Chinese
  • Group 2: Second Language Study
    • Appropriate Challenge
    • Language B Higher and Standard. This course meets the needs of candidates for whom Language B is an academic foreign language. Students must have studied this language before. Chinese , Spanish and French will be offered.
    • Ab Initio – Standard Level. This course is designed for candidates who have a basic grasp of the Language or are relative beginners. Chinese , Spanish and French will be offered. Although designed for beginners this is not an easy option.
  • Group 3: Individuals and societies
    • Business and Management
    • Economics
    • Geography
    • Psychology
    • Philosophy
    • History
    • Environmental Systems and Society (Group 3 or Group 4, also Group 3 & Group 4)
  • Group 4 – Experimental Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Physics
    • Design Technology:
    • Resistant Materials ( HL & SL )
    • CAD/CAM ( HL & SL )
    • Food ( SL )
    • Textiles ( SL )
    • Environmental Systems and Society (Group 3 or Group 4, also Group 3 & Group 4)
  • Group 5: Mathematics and Computer Science
    • Maths Higher (HL) - designed for able mathematicians who will be studying mathematics, engineering, physics, etc at university
    • Maths Standard (SL) – challenging course for students requiring mathematics skills for their university degree course.
    • Maths Studies (SL) – focus on practical applications for those unlikely to require mathematics in their future studies.
  • Group 5: Mathematics and Computer Science
    • Computer Science - Write your own software using Java and discover how computers work and communicate
    • Computer Science Higher (HL) - designed for those who will be studying computer science, software engineering, computer gaming at university
    • Computer Science Standard (SL) – challenging course for students requiring computer engineering skills for an engineering related university degree course
  • Group 6: Arts and electives
    • Theatre Arts
    • Visual Arts
    • Film Studies
    • Music
    • Computer Science (specialist course – speak to Mr. Lewis)
    • Students are expected to take a named Group 6 Arts course unless they have specific evidence highlighting Higher Education requirements to select a second subject from Groups 2-4.
  • Theory of Knowledge
    • Interdisciplinary requirement
    • Stimulate critical reflection on knowledge
    • 100 hours of teaching
    • Assessment 1 essay + 1 10 minute presentation.
  • Extended Essay
    • Original research
    • Extended essay of 4,000 words
    • Depth of analysis of a particular topic
  • Creativity, Action Service (CAS)
    • 150 hours over 2 years
    • Creativity – wide range of arts as well as designing and implementing service projects
    • Action – individual and team sports but also taking part in expeditions and local/international projects
    • Service – community and social service activities
  • Assessment
    • Terminal examinations in each subject
    • Internal assessment in most subjects. Coursework from 30% to 70%
    • Use made of criterion based grading system which is not norm referenced like the current A Level system
    • Each subject Graded 1-7 (7 highest)
    • Diploma requirement 24 points
    • Maximum 45 points (3 bonus points for Extended Essay and TOK)
    • Students need a 4 to pass Higher Level subjects!! ESF Position
  • 16x9 4x3 For further enquiries www.wis.edu.hk [email_address]