The PreIB year is for students who are interested in the IB programme, but do not yet have the necessary 11 years of schooling or for other reasons are not prepared to enter the IB Diploma programme. The PreIB programme is equivalent to the first year in the Danish gymnasium (stx) and at the same time a preparation for the IB Diploma. All classes (except Danish) are taught in English, and the students are expected to communicate in English in all school-related activities. Non-Danish speakers will instead of regular Danish classes be offered a Danish for beginners course which takes place in the afternoons at the school.
PreIB subjects at Viborg Katedralskole
Subjects taught in the PreIB year (the letters A,B,C refer to levels in the Danish system, A being the highest, equivalent to three years of teaching, B equaling two years, C one year. The levels will only be carried through in case of shifting to the Danish system. Below they are only for reference)
The subjects taught are:
- Danish A and English A (for students mastering both languages at sufficiently high level)
- English A and Danish for Beginners (for those not mastering Danish at a sufficiently high level)
- German B or Spanish for Beginners (alternatively French B continuous, but this language is NOT offered in the IB Programme of the school). One of these languages must be chosen.
- Social Science A
- History A (spring term)
- Physics C
- Chemistry C (spring term)
- Mathematics B
- A creative subject (Drama, music, visual arts, media studies)
- Physical Education C (one lesson per week)
Additional basic courses in: General Linguistics, General Science and General Studies
Assessment Policy PreIB
April 2016. Next review: April 2018
The first semester
During the first semester of PreIB students must according to regulations from the Danish Ministry of Education have exams in General Science (oral) and General Linguistics (written).
The course in general linguistics includes a latin course.
The course in General Science encompasses chemistry, biology and physics.
At the end of the first semester students may be recommended to shift into the Danish system if they already at that point have proven highly unlikely to be able to pass certain PreIB/IB subjects. We actively discourage student with a very high probability of failing an IB subject, and thus not achieving a Diploma, from entering the programme and instead seek alternatives within or outside the school.
The second semester
During the second semester, PreIB students write a "Mini-EE" in History or Social Science as part of the preparation for the Extended Essay, a large, academic piece of writing which is undertaken during years one and two of the Diploma Programme. The emphasis will be on working from a research question, organizing a longer essay, being aware of the formal requirements of such a text (table of contents, references, bibliography etc.).
By the end of the school year, PreIB students have written and oral mock exams in Mathematics, English and Danish. For those students in the Danish for Beginners class, the purpose of the mock exam/test is to secure that they are ready for Danish B (HL or SL). If they are deemed not ready for Danish B SL and still want to do the course they will be recommended to do e.g. a Danish summer school during the summer holidays, at their own expense.
It is also possible after the second semester to transfer a student into 2g, the Danish second year if the student is fit for this. The school will in that case aim to find a place in an equivalent ‘studieretning’, with the same subjects as those in the PreIB. This, however, cannot be guaranteed as it depends on some of the relevant classes having free places.
In case of this late transfer, it will be the student's own responsibility to read up on the Danish subjects and Danish terminology. Some assistance from subject teachers may be granted, but not to the extent of teaching. If a student is found to be, or finds herself to be, unable to do this, we recommend that she retakes year one (1g).
Successful completion of Pre-IB Year
The coordinator, student counsellor and Pre-IB team will evaluate whether the individual student has successfully completed the Pre-IB year and is ready to embark on the Diploma Programme. The student is only allowed into the IB Programme if the school believes this to be a viable course of action.
If the evaluation leads to the result that the student is not ready, the school will offer alternative solutions if deemed helpful, such as retaking the PreIB year or transferring into either the first or second year of the Danish system.
If none of these alternatives are realistic, the student will not be allowed to continue in the school the following year, and must seek other educational possibilities. If this is the case, the student will be referred to the ‘UU-vejledning’, which is the Danish guidance system for students entering upper secondary/gymnasie education or similar.