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St Andrew's College Dublin St Andrew's College Dublin

Group 6

 Chemistry           Visual Arts       Economics      Music

Chemistry is an experimental science that combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigational skills. It is called the central science, as chemical principals underpin both the physical environment in which we live and all biological systems. Apart from being a subject worthy of study in its own right, Chemistry is prerequisite for many other courses in higher education, such as Medicine, Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering.
The course is divided into the following topics:
  • Stoichiometry and Atomic Theory
  • Periodicity and Bonding
  • States of Matter
  • Energetics and Kinetics
  • Equilibrium
  • Acids and Bases
  • Measuring and Data Processing
  • Oxidation and Reduction
  • Organic Chemistry
Students also choose two of the following options:
  • Human Biochemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemistry in Industry and Technology
  • Food Chemistry
  • Medicines and Drugs
  • Modern Analytical Chemistry
  • Further Organic Chemistry
School-based assessment
Experimental work and a cross discipline collaborative project                24%
Written examination                                                                       76%
There is no prior knowledge of Chemistry required, although previous study is an advantage. In Chemistry, students must have the ability to visualise and conceive topics which are not present to them in everyday life. Often these ideas go against their natural instinct of what should happen. Consequently, in order to succeed in this subject, students require a mind which is not just analytical but also open to the intangible.

Group 6 VISUAL ARTS Higher and Standard Level

The study of the Visual Arts provides students with the opportunity to develop a critical and intensely personal view of themselves in relation to the world. Today, learning and practice in the visual arts invariably extend beyond traditional boundaries to connect many areas of study and human experience through collaborative, as well as individual, production and interpretation. Approaches to learning in the Visual Arts can include a wide range of expressive forms from a variety of cultural contexts.
This course has two components:
Part A – Studio work. This consists of practical exploration and artistic production. There is a minimum requirement of twelve quality studio pieces.
Part B- Research workbooks. This requires independent, visual and written critical research and analysis based on more than one culture. The content of the workbooks should relate to the studio work.
At the end of the second year the students prepare for an exhibition that is assessed by an external examiner. In addition there is an interview with the examiner during which candidates discuss the content of their work. Research workbooks are internally assessed and moderated externally by the IBO.
There is no formal written examination.
Part A                     Studio (practical work)                       70%
Part B                     Research workbooks                           30%
This course requires initiative, commitment, imagination and the ability to generate work independently.
This course aims to give students the opportunity to explore and enjoy the diversity of music throughout the world. Students will be able to develop a wide range of musical skills through academic and practical work. They will be allowed to develop their potential as musicians both individually and collaboratively, to the full.
This course develops performance, compositional and perceptual skills. The higher level course is designed for the specialist music student who has a prior background in musical performance while the standard level is designed for students with a keen interest in music with some performance skills or compositional skills either as an individual or as a member of a group. The course has three main elements:

Musical Perception and Analysis – Analytical study of set piece proposed by the IB; study of musical styles and genres from all over the world including reggae, jazz, blues, Indian, and musical investigation.

Solo Performance – One or more recitals using an instrument or voice which may be accompanied.

Composing – To develop compositional skills through practice and experience. This can be in any genre and in any style.

School-based assessment
HL performance and composition                                                                  50%
SL performance or composition                                                                    50%
Written examinations                                                                                                                        
Listening paper                                                                                         30%
MusicalInvestigation                                                                                  20%                                                                                       
This is a demanding course and candidates should have the ability to read, write and play music for the higher level.