Subject Group 4
The College offers an extensive selection of courses for each of the Groups. If a particular course contains optional components, the College takes care to select those that reflect our three pillars: Nordic, Environmental and Humanitarian.
The Biology course suits those intending to pursue careers in the biological sciences (including the applied sciences such as medicine) also those who are fascinated with the variety, complexity and beauty of life forms and processes.
Chemistry HL or SL
The Chemistry course is mainly for students who will pursue more advanced chemistry or other sciences such as medicine or engineering at the College/university level. The emphasis is on search and discovery and personal experience in scientific method.
Environmental Systems & Societies SL
The Environmental Systems & Societies (ESS) course concerns the interactions and interdependence of living and non-living systems, especially the impact of human activities. An inter-disciplinary course, ESS draws students’ attention to social and cultural aspects of the human-nature relationship, and includes a section on environmental values. In terms of IB subject group, ESS is trans-disciplinary: it can meet the Diploma requirement of Group 3 (Individuals and Societies) and/or Group 4 (Natural Sciences). ESS aligns closely with the Environmental Pillar of Red Cross Nordic.
Physics HL or SL
This course is for students wishing to follow a career in science or engineering. There is a large amount of practical work with an emphasis on the use of computers for measurement and data handling.
(See the website of Chris Hamper, UWC Red Cross Nordic Physics teacher here.)
Group 4 Science Project
All students work in science teams on a one-day project, bringing together their different skills from the various sciences.