IB Environmental Systems and Societies (Standard)

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title IB Environmental Systems and Societies (Standard)
Code DCCA.IB.4(S)
Qualification Type International Baccalaureate Diploma
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This course is an academic related qualification providing science knowledge suitable for going onto future study. This course is equal to 1 AS Level Course.

It is vital that you complete ‘wider reading’ during the course to ensure you have a solid foundation of knowledge. A fundamental aspect of the ESS course is finding out what type of person you are; based on your views and opinions about the world and its current challenges and understanding how others views may differ.  


8 topics split into various sub-topics including: humans and pollution, communities and ecosystems, investigating ecosystems, origin of biodiversity, threats and conservation of biodiversity, water pollution, climate change and adaptations to climate change.

ESS is a complex course, requiring a diverse set of skills from its students. It is firmly grounded in both a scientific exploration of environmental systems in their structure and function and in the exploration of cultural, economic, political and social interactions of societies with the environment. The aim of this course is to provide students with a coherent perspective of the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies; one that enables them to adopt an informed personal response to the wide range of pressing environmental issues that they will inevitably come to face.

How will it be delivered?

25% Internal Assessment / 75% External Assessment

Entry requirements

At least one grade 4 in Double Science, a sound knowledge of mathematical skills and some knowledge of geography.