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International Baccalaureate Diplomas – IB Environmental Systems and Societies — Overview

Alongside one of our creative UAL Level 3 Extended Diplomas in Art & Design, equivalent to three A-Levels, all International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) students will also complete two IB Diploma subjects, each broadly equivalent to either an A-Level or AS-Level depending on whether they are studied at Higher or Standard Level.

Students can study two IB Diploma subjects, from English Literature, Film, History, Business Management, Mathematics, Environmental Systems & Societies, Visual Arts, or Psychology. IB Diploma subjects will be taught at Higher or Standard Level.

All IB Diplomas and the Levels that they are taught are subject to demand - for this reason, applicants must list three IB Diplomas on their application, in order of preference.

IB ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS AND SOCIETIES

This interdisciplinary course combines science and humanities to study some of the most important issues facing humanity and the natural world in the 21st century, giving artists of all kinds the tools to help communicate important information about sustainability and the environment.

Mixing outdoor learning and classroom study, students will explore topics including biodiversity, sustainability, and climate change, investigating how their careers and lifestyles can contribute to sustainable solutions for the future, locally and globally.

Assessment = Two exam papers (75%) and one coursework essay (25%).

Please contact Chris Smith (csmith@pca.ac.uk) for more information about the IB Environmental Systems and Societies.

 

International Baccalaureate World School Status

Plymouth College of Art was awarded International Baccalaureate (IB) World School status in Spring 2019, becoming the first non-private education provider in the South West to offer the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), which will be taught in conjunction with its existing A-Level-equivalent UAL Level 3 Extended Diplomas. From September 2019, 16 to 19-year-olds in the region will have access to this world-class framework of education, combining vocational skills with academic excellence. Applications for the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) are now open.

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org.

International Baccalaureate Diplomas – IB Environmental Systems and Societies — Modules

International Baccalaureate Diplomas – IB Environmental Systems and Societies — Staff

Chris Smith

Chris Smith

Chris is the Extended Diploma Photography Joint Subject Leader and a practising artist and freelance photographer. As an artist, his work is mostly concerned with landscapes and environmental issues.

As an educator, Chris has spent many years finding innovative ways to enhance curricula by embedding sustainability and environmental awareness. As a result of this the Extended Diploma in Photography at Plymouth College of Art has featured an assignment on environmental issues for a number of years, which has been run in collaboration with various external organisations, such as Devon Wildlife Trust, The National Marine Aquarium, Regen South West and The National Trust.

During the past two years Chris has devised and overseen a project that brings together sustainability and employability for all the Extended Diploma courses, called ‘The Future’. This project combined a creative assignment with live client project briefs from a range of local businesses and community groups involved with sustainability through the college’s collaboration with Regen South West and the Devon Wildlife Trust.

Chris is also an active campaigner for sustainability in education and has delivered papers at numerous conferences on the subject.

Chris is passionate about his teaching work and particularly enjoys teaching the diverse range of skills and subject matter that the Extended Diploma Photography course covers. Course leadership is enabling him to craft a course that is exciting, dynamic and dedicated to helping our student’s skills blossom. He has taught at Plymouth College of Art since 2004 and has been a course leader for 13 years.

In addition to his teaching role at Plymouth College of Art, Chris is also a fully qualified and practicing counsellor and a tutor at Heartwood, a counselling and psychotherapy training organisation based at Dartington Hall. Chris teaches at Plymouth College of Art three days a week, and teaches counselling for Heartwood for two days a week. Chris is a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists).

The staff listed on this programme are correct at the time of writing. Students will be notified if there are any changes to key staff (i.e. Programme Leaders and Lecturers).

International Baccalaureate Diplomas – IB Environmental Systems and Societies — Student Work

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International Baccalaureate Diplomas – IB Environmental Systems and Societies — Careers & Alumni

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