The Mid IB Summer Review Courses 2020

Summer 2020 Course Cancellation 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the continued uncertainty surrounding it we have unfortunately made the decision to cancel the August 2020 Mid IB Subject Review courses and the Pre-IB Maths course in its original format. For anyone who has already paid for the courses a full refund will be arranged. We are planning to offer a modified format of the August 2020 Mid IB Subject Review courses and the Pre-IB Maths course to current internal Sevenoaks School IB students ONLY and free of charge. Further details of the format of these courses will be sent to the appropriate Sevenoaks School students and parents soon. 

Paul Thompson (Course Co-ordinator)

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: 23-25 August (Boarders arriving evening of 22 Aug; depart 25 Aug)
Session 2: 26-28 August (Boarders arriving evening of 25 Aug; depart 28 Aug)

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


Cost of Review Courses

Three Day Course

Day student £555 with *early bird booking rate of £530

Boarding student (Sevenoaks pupils) £790 with *early booking rate of £750

Boarding student (non-Sevenoaks pupils) £945 with *early booking rate of £895

Six Day Course

Day student £1045 with *early bird booking rate of £995

Boarding student (Sevenoaks pupils) £1495 with *early booking rate of £1420

Boarding student (non Sevenoaks pupils) £1785 with *early booking rate of £1695

*early bird rate would apply to applications before 1 May 2020.


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 August 2020, £100 is non-refundable. The last date for full receipt of payment is 1 July 2020. If we are informed of cancellation after 1 August 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.

Course Coordinator: Mr Paul