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Environmental Systems and Societies Standard Level Group 4

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type International Baccalaureate Diploma
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time



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Environmental Systems & Societies combines the skills from Biology and Geography, but also includes Economics and Philosophy. Students do not need to have a GCSE in Biology or Geography to do the course, although both are beneficial.

The course recognises that to understand the environmental issues of the 21st century and suggest suitable management solutions, both human and environmental aspects must be studied. Students not only investigate the issues facing the complexities of our planet, but also the actions required for the fair and sustainable use of shared resources. 


Students develop a wide range of skills during the course including practical skills, use of statistics, interpreting, analysing and evaluating information, graphical skills, working systematically, considering opinions and values and independent thinking whilst developing a scientific and ethical understanding of environmental issues and sustainability.

Students study eight units:

• Foundations of environmental systems and societies

• Ecosystems and ecology

• Biodiversity and conservation

• Water and aquatic food production systems and societies

• Atmospheric systems and societies

• Climate change and energy production

• Human systems and resource use

What do students say?

"I really like ESS because it's a relevant science to today's society- we study topical issues such as pollution and climate change, and it gives me a better understanding of issues in the news. It is also backed up by some of the other subjects I take, such as Mathematics studies and geography." Caitlin

How will it be delivered?

Internal assessment Research report (25%)

External assessment Unknown Case Study (25%) ; Short answer and structured essays (50%) 

Entry requirements

All candidates should have GCSE Grade 6 or above (or its equivalent) in English, Mathematics, at least one Science and one language where studied. Standard Level requirement is a 6 in Geography or Science. Where equivalence cannot be established the School will set appropriate I/GCSE papers to confirm that the applicant is capable of satisfying the academic profile required for the subjects to be studied and the IB Diploma Programme as a whole.

Your next steps...

ESS is particularly useful to those wishing to go onto study any environmentally or ecologically based course.
As a trans-disciplinary subject it provides the skills required for a wide range of scientific and humanities
based courses / jobs.
Students have gone on to study a wide range of subjects at university including Languages at Oxford and Architecture at Bath.


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