The Mid IB Summer Review Courses 2021

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.

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 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 (max 12 students per subject group) 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 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 at both Standard Level and Higher Level, subject to demand, in the following subjects:

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

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: 22-24 August (Boarders arriving evening of 21 Aug; depart 24 Aug)
Session 2: 25-27 August (Boarders arriving evening of 24 Aug; depart 27 Aug)

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

Price of Revision Courses:

Non-residential options:

3 days non-residential  £555 (£530 if booked and paid by 1 May 2021)

6 days non-residential £1045 (£995 if booked and paid by 1 May 2021)

Residential options:

3 days residential (Sevenoaks pupils) £790 (£750 if booked and paid by 1 May 2021)

3 days residential (non-Sevenoaks pupils) £945 (£895 if booked and paid by 1 May 2021)

6 days residential (Sevenoaks pupils) £1495 (£1420 if booked and paid by 1 May 2021)

6 days residential (non Sevenoaks pupils) £1785 (£1695 if booked and paid by 1 May 2021)

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 staff will be on duty during the course and be responsible for residents on each teaching/learning day. 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.

In the event of cancellation before 1 July 2021, £100 is non-refundable. If we are informed of cancellation after 1 July 2021, none of the fee will be refunded. Registration after 1 July will be accepted if there is space on the course - email the course coordinator: Paul Thompson



Terms and conditions

How to pay 

Download booklet here

If you have any questions, please contact our Course Co-ordinator, Paul Thompson.

Summer 2021 Course Update (18/05/2021) 

As the Covid-19 situation generally continues to improve in the UK, we are increasingly confident that we will be able to offer the Mid IB subject review courses as ‘live’ classroom based teaching and learning sessions for the majority of students wishing to attend the course(s).  This will, of course, be kept under review and if England’s Covid regulations change we would offer the courses on line. Any student attending live course lessons must have resided in the UK for at least 10 days prior to the start of the course and have followed all government regulations about testing.  

Boarding house accommodation is available to those that need it but they will be required to have taken a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test on arrival, record it via the NHS app and show the negative test before they enter the school boarding house.

School boarding accommodation will not be offered to any student before their course start date.

All day course students will take an LFD test before each subject review course starts.

All Sevenoaks boarding students are required to have either a parent who resides permanently in the UK, or a UK guardian.

At the end of their courses Sevenoaks School boarders should stay with their family in the UK or their guardians. Those entering L6 should return on Wednesday 1 September and those entering U6 year return on Thursday 2 September. Boarding houses may be being used for quarantine purposes so we cannot host them over the Bank Holiday Weekend. If there are very exceptional circumstances please contact the Head of Boarding, Mrs Nichola Haworth,

These plans are subject to change dependent upon government guidance and school risk assessments, and we will keep you informed of any changes.

Paul Thompson (Course Co-ordinator)

Course Coordinator: Mr Paul