IB English Language & Literature (Block C)

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture

What will you be working towards?

Code ENGIB01
Qualification Type International Baccalaureate Diploma
Qualification Level Higher Level
Course type Full Time


The study of the texts produced in a language is central to an active engagement with language and culture and, by extension, to how we see and understand the world in which we live. A key aim of the course is to encourage students to explore and question the meaning generated by language and texts. Helping students to focus closely on the language of the texts they study and to become aware of the role of each text’s wider context in shaping its meaning is central to the course.

In addition, students will develop skills of textual analysis and the understanding that texts, both literary and non-literary, can be seen as autonomous yet as products of the culture, society and historical period from which they originate

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. 

Students should be curious about the world in which they live and interested in making relevant links

How will it be delivered?

Paper 1 Exam (HL): Comparative Analysis of two Texts - 2 hrs 25%

Paper 2: Literature Exam (HL)

In response to one of six questions students write an essay based on at least two of the literary texts studied in part 3. - 2 hrs 25%

Written tasks

Students produce at least four written tasks based on material studied in the course.

Students submit two of these tasks for external assessment. (20 marks for each task)

One of the tasks submitted must be a critical response to one of the prescribed questions for the HL additional study. - 20%

Individual Oral Commentary – a recorded spoken essay on an extract taken from one of the texts studied in part 4 - 15%

Further oral activity

Students complete at least two further oral activities, one based on part 1 and one based on part 2 of the course. - 15%

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in English Language

Your next steps...

IB English Language and Literature is a good pathway to many different options. It can help students access college and university courses and provides a good foundation for both work and for apprenticeships.