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Academia Cotopaxi

Six Subjects

Diploma candidates study 6 subjects. They must select one subject from each of Groups 1-5. The choice of subject from Group 6 is not compulsory and therefore a student may choose a second subject from Groups 1 – 4, instead of a Group 6 subject.

  • Three subjects must be taken at higher level, (HL)
  • Three subjects must be taken at standard level (SL)
  • IB recommends a minimum of 240 teaching hours for HL courses
  • IB recommends a minimum of 150 teaching hours for SL courses 

Students are thus able to explore some subjects in depth and others more broadly, a deliberate compromise between the early specialization of some national systems and the breadth found in others. The science-oriented student is challenged to learn a foreign language and the natural linguist becomes familiar with laboratory procedures. 

The subjects offered at Academia Cotopaxi are continually reviewed and revised to meet contemporary needs. The list below serves as a current guide only.

Group 1 – Studies in Language and Literature

All diploma candidates must take a Language A course, which demands good writing and oral skills and the ability to understand and respond to literary texts. The study of the A language is complemented by the international perspective given through world literature studied. 

Subjects currently offered at Academia Cotopaxi:

  • English Language A: Literature
  • English Language A: Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language A: Literature
  • Spanish Language A: Language and Literature

Group 2 – Language Acquisition

All diploma candidates are examined in a second language. Language B accommodates genuine second language learners with previous experience of learning the language, typically amounting to between 2 and 5 years of instruction; Language Ab initio accommodates beginners in the language. Both Language B and Ab Initio courses focus on written and spoken communication in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes. 

Subjects currently offered at Academia Cotopaxi:

  • Spanish B
  • Spanish Ab Initio 

Group 3 – Individuals and Societies

Subjects currently offered at Academia Cotopaxi:

  • Economics
  • History
  • Environmental Systems and Societies

Group 4 – Experimental Sciences

Subjects currently offered at Academia Cotopaxi:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics 
  • Environmental Systems and Societies

Group 5 – Mathematics

Subjects currently offered at Academia Cotopaxi:

  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Studies

Group 6 – The Arts

Subjects currently offered at Academia Cotopaxi:

  • Visual Arts
  • Music

 

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