PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for course applications has now closed. Final course details emails will be sent by Friday 21st July.

The Mid IB Summer Review Courses 2017

The purpose of the courses is to provide students who have completed the first year of their IB Diploma with a structured review of the content and skills covered in the subjects they choose to study on the course. Students will receive 15.5 hours of subject teacher contact time over three days as well as the opportunity to sign up for individual subject specific, Internal Assessment, Extended Essay and/or Personal Statement support.

During the review course the teachers, most of whom are employed full-time at Sevenoaks School, will:

  • Give a written synopsis of the Lower Sixth IB syllabus for their subject to ensure students are fully aware of the necessary ground to cover to be successful
  • Cover as much of the exam syllabus as the 15.5 hours of contact time per subject allows, including all the content of the ‘core’ in the case of Higher Level Maths, Physics and Chemistry (for content of History see footnote below)
  • Provide suitable written and visual resources to students to inform and help them with their learning
  • Provide intensive tuition in the IB syllabus of the chosen subject (see below);
  • Develop the students’ exam techniques to ensure they develop the necessary skills to answer IB exam questions successfully
  • Set and mark written work so that students can improve their exam performance
  • Provide individual and collective advice on how to revise for exams.

Teaching will be conducted in small groups in the school, in comfortable, fully equipped classrooms.

The Structure and Range of the Review Courses

Applicants are invited to apply for either one or two courses. Each course will include 15.5 hours teaching time as well as the opportunity to sign up for individual subject specific, Internal Assessment, Extended Essay and/or Personal Statement support. Classes start at 09:00 and conclude at 16:00 on the first and third days of the course with ‘sign up’ sessions available 15:00-17:00 on day two. With an hour for lunch (provided as part of the cost) in the middle of the day, the morning and afternoon sessions are intensive. Students are also expected to complete one to two hours of work on the two evenings when there are classes the following day.

We plan to offer teaching and tuition at both Standard Level and Higher Level, subject to demand, in the following subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Economics
  • English A Literature
  • Geography
  • Medieval History
  • History **
  • Maths
  • Maths Studies
  • Latin
  • Spanish B
  • Spanish Ab initio
  • German B
  • French B
  • Psychology 

** Paper 1: Prescribed subjects - Focus on skills, with questions taken from all options studied by the pupils in the group. 
Paper 2: World History Topics - 10. Authoritarian states (20th century); 12.The Cold War: Superpower tensions and rivalries (20th century). 
Paper 3: History of Europe 1: Italy (1815–1871) and Germany (1815–1890); 12: Imperial Russia, revolution and the establishment of the Soviet Union (1855–1924)

Applicants can therefore study a maximum of two subjects/courses over the six days of the courses. Alternatively, they may attend one three day course.

Applicants for two courses should be aware that the order of the courses chosen is not guaranteed.


The dates for the 2017 Summer Review Courses have been set for:

Session 1: 20-22 August (Boarders arriving evening of 19 Aug; depart 22 Aug)
Session 2: 23-25 August (Boarders arriving evening of 22 Aug; depart 25 Aug)

If you have any queries, please contact the course coordinator Mr Paul Thompson.

The Residential Option

Those attending either or both courses will be asked to arrive at their allocated residence any time between 16.00 and 21.00 on the day before the course starts and will stay a total of three nights for each course. Students will be accommodated in one of the school’s boarding houses. All residents will be accommodated in single or twin bed-sitting rooms where there will be facilities to study in the evening. A member of the school’s academic boarding house staff will be on duty during the course and be responsible for residents. Breakfast, morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch and an evening meal will be provided in the school’s central dining room.

Please note that it may be necessary for students to share accommodation although, if a single is requested, these will be offered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

The Non-residential Option

Those who live, or can find accommodation, close enough to the school to enable them to attend a course on a non-residential basis may prefer to do so. They will also be given morning and afternoon refreshments, and lunch.

Use of School Facilities

Whether as a residential or day student, those attending a review course will have access to the school’s outstanding facilities, including the library to assist with the revision, and the Sports Centre. For fresh air and exercise there is the wide expanse of school playing fields adjoining the main school campus.

Cost of Review Courses

Day students £480 per three day course.
Boarding students £690 per three day course.

In the event of cancellation before 1 July 2017, £100 is non-refundable. If we are informed of cancellation after 1 July none of the fee will be refunded. The last date for application and receipt of payment is 30 June.


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Course Coordinator: Mr Paul