IB Diploma – an international A-levels certificate.
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International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme in Hastings
You do not need to have graduated
secondary school to get an IB Diploma entitling you to study
at a university.
The programme offered is a great
opportunity for those who are planning a longer stay in an
English school. Normally, you would have to pay for tuition to
enrol for such a programme. We offer you one for free.
Hastings College of Arts and Technology is a
medium-sized college funded by the UK government. The College
offers a wide variety of vocational and academic programmes at
all levels, including postgraduate courses. The college is one
of the few universities that offers free tuition to
young people from countries of the European Union.
Hastings jest located on the south coast. Its
advantages are a moderate climate and pollution-free air. This
rapidly developing town, a famous historical sight, is only 2
hours away from London by train. It has also convenient
connection to France thanks to the tunnel under the English
Channel (an hour by train from Ashford to Paris).
Hastings College is an excellently equipped
educational institution. All learners have access to the
computer centre, self-study corner, a full library, video and
audio recordings, the internet.
The IB Programme
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
Programme is a two-year course, which ends in obtaining a
diploma. Hastings College of Arts and Technology offers this
course to those who like challenges and want to learn more
than mere facts. This is a demanding course intended for
teenagers aged between 16 and 18, who wish to continue their
education at one of over 100 universities in England and in
the whole world. IB is a certificate that shows that a
student has mastered the necessary knowledge and skills to
study at a university.
- Students learn how to ask difficult
- students learn how to learn
- students develop academic skills
- students develop their identity and a feeling of
- students develop communication skills and
understanding people from other countries and cultural
Six subject groups
1) A foreign language
2) Second foreign language
3) Social sciences (e.g. business and administration,
economics, geography, history, philosophy, social and cultural
4) Sciences (e.g. biology, chemistry, physics,
5) Mathematics (at a standard or higher level,
mathematical methods, mathematical sciences or information
6) Arts (visual arts, theatre, music)
The student chooses one subject from each
subject group. Students learn 3 subjects at a Higher Level,
which is accomplished within 240 hours within 2 years and 3
subjects at a Standard Level, which is accomplished within
150 hours within 2 years of tuition. Instead of choosing a
subject from the sixth group, the student may choose one more
subject from groups 1-5.
Subjects now on offer in Hastings College:
- Business and administration
elements of the IB programme
Apart from the six basic subjects, there are
three more elements to the programme:
- Theory of Knowledge (TOK) which encourages students to
question the basis of their knowledge, develops creativity and
- Essay writing – writing an essay of about 4000
words on a subject connected to the student's interest. The
student has a chance to deepen their knowledge by choosing a
topic related to a subject which they are learning at a Higher
Level. It is also possible to widen the knowledge by choosing
a subject not connected with the subject they are learning.
- Creativity, action, social work (CAS) -
students engage in creative activity, sports activities and
till the end of August 2008
Enrolment fee: 500 PLN -
includes administrative fees
from countries of the European Union must have:
junior school graduation certificate (at least 5 subjects
passed with grade 5 or higher)
document (e.g. a school graduation certificate)
confirming their proficiency in English at level 6.0 or higher
on the IELTS scale (equivalent to passing the FCE certificate
with grade B)
a document confirming age and nationality is also
students fill out an enrolment form which serves as a basis
for assessing their English proficiency
Age: The student
cannot be older than 18 on 31 August when they begin learning
in Hastings College.
After the preliminary
selection of enrolment requests, telephone conversations will
be carried out to assess the candidate's language skills.
IB is a linear, 5-semester long tuition
programme. The basis of a student's assessment are:
examinations, contribution to class, practical tasks, research
projects, oral quizzes. The students are expected to do their
homework and to revise the material presented in class. Each
student is assigned a tutor. The student meets the tutor
regularly to discuss progress in learning, problems, plans of
The coordinator of social affairs arranges
accommodation and transfer from the airport, helps with
obtaining a visa, and in case of health and personal
problems. The College recommends accommodation with a family,
which enables the students to adapt quickly and to practise
their English outside of school.
The cost of such
accommodation is around £75.50/week for a shared room (+
breakfast and dinner) or around £91.00/week for a single room
(+ breakfast and dinner).
The school advises that the
student stays at least a month with a family to adapt to the
new situation. In the long run the student may either choose
to stay with the family or rent a flat in Hastings. Notes
advertising rooms and flats to rent can be found in the
school. Their prices vary between 60 to 100 GBP per week (no
Extracurricular events - sightseeing and
research tours, cultural and sports events, etc. - constitute
an important part of the IB programme.
mail to us
- we will send you the enrolment form
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