The Mid-IB Summer Review Courses August 2023

Applications for the Mid IB Review Courses and Pre-IB Maths courses are now closed.

Should you wish to see if a place may be available please contact the Course Coordinator, Mr Paul Thompson:

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 2 hours of individual subject specific, Internal Assessment, Extended Essay and/or Personal Statement support on day two of a course.

During the review course the teachers, 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 Lower Sixth syllabus as the 15.5 hours of contact time per subject allows (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;
  • Develop the students’ exam techniques to ensure they develop the necessary skills to answer IB exam questions more successfully
  • Set and mark written work so that students can improve their exam performance
  • Provide individual and collective advice on how to revise more effectively for exams.

Teaching will be conducted in small groups (max 12 students per subject group) in the school, in comfortable, fully equipped classrooms. The aim is for all Subject Review courses to be taught by current Sevenoaks School teachers.

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 on each course day and conclude at 16:15 on the first day of the course with ‘sign up’ sessions available 15:00-17:00 on day two, and a 16:00 finish on day 3. There is an hour for lunch (provided as part of the cost) in the middle of each day. Students are also expected to complete one to two hours of homework/preparation on the two evenings when there are classes the following day.

We plan to offer teaching and tuition, subject to demand, in the following subjects:

  • Biology (HL and SL)
  • Chemistry (HL and SL)
  • Physics (HL and SL)
  • Economics (HL and SL)
  • English A Literature (HL and SL)
  • Geography (HL and SL)
  • History 1
  • Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations (HL and SL)
  • Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (HL and SL)
  • Spanish B (HL and SL)
  • German B (HL and SL)
  • French B (HL and SL)
  • Psychology (HL and SL)
  • Philosophy (HL and SL)

Paper 1 (Documents) The Move to Global War; Paper 2 Cold War, Authoritarian States; Paper 3 Russia 1853-1924, Italian and German Unification

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.


Session 1: Sunday 20 - Tuesday 22 August (Boarders arriving evening of Saturday 19 Aug; depart 16:30 on Tuesday 22 Aug if only taking one course)
Session 2: Wednesday 23 - Friday 25 August (Boarders arriving evening of Tuesday 22 Aug; all depart on Friday 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 evening 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 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.

Price of Revision Courses

Non-residential options

3 days non-residential (Sevenoaks and Non-Sevenoaks pupils) £610 (£585 if booked and paid before 1 May 2023)
6 days non-residential (Sevenoaks and Non-Sevenoaks pupils)  £1150 (£1095 if booked and paid before 1 May 2023)

Residential options

3 days residential (Sevenoaks pupils) £870 (£825 if booked and paid before 1 May 2023)
3 days residential (Non-Sevenoaks pupils) £1045 (£985 if booked and paid before 1 May 2023)
6 days residential (Sevenoaks pupils) £1650 (£1570 if booked and paid before 1 May 2023)
6 days residential (Non Sevenoaks pupils) £1970 (£1865 if booked and paid before 1 May 2023) 

In the event of cancellation before 1 July 2023, £100 is non-refundable. If we are informed of cancellation after 1 July 2023, none of the fee will be refunded. Registration after 1 July will be accepted if there is space on the course; please email the course coordinator: Paul Thompson

Terms and conditions
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If you have any questions, please contact our Course Coordinator, Paul Thompson
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Course Coordinator: Mr Paul