IB Diploma Programme Subjects


For the school year 2019-2020 we offer the following IB Diploma subjects at Hasseris Gymnasium:

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature:

• Danish A: Literature HL/SL
• Literature A: Self-Taught SL

The Language A: Literature courses in Danish or in a self-taught language (one which you master on mother tongue level) introduce you to the analysis of literary texts and a comprehensive exploration of literature from a variety of cultures, genres and periods. You learn to appreciate the artistry of literature and develop the ability to reflect critically on your reading, presenting literary analysis powerfully through both oral and written communication. Danish A Literature HL as well as SL will give you a Danish A-level.

• English A: Language and Literature HL/SL

The English A: Language and Literature course introduces the critical study and interpretation of written and spoken texts from a wide range of literary and non-literary genres. The course allows you to explore the English language through its cultural development and use, its media forms and functions and its literature. You develop skills of literary and textual analysis and also the ability to present your ideas effectively. English Language & Literature HL as well as SL will give you a Danish A-level.

“Doing the IB programme has vastly improved my language skills in English, German and Danish.” (Kristel Vinter Knudsen – IB Hasseris Graduate 2014)

Group 2: Language Acquisition

Language B/Continuous Courses
• Danish B HL/SL

The focus of the Danish B course is on language acquisition and development of the four primary language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. You will learn how to communicate effectively in a number of situations and within the culture(s) in which the language is spoken. To choose the Danish B course you must have some previous experience of studying the language. A Language B course on HL will give you a Danish A-level, whereas SL will give you a Danish B-level.

Ab initio course/Beginner’s Course

• Danish ab initio SL

The Danish ab initio course is a language acquisition course for students with little or no experience of the language. The course is organized into three themes: individual and society, leisure and work, and urban and rural environment. Each theme comprises a list of topics that provide students with opportunities to practice and explore the language and to develop intercultural understanding. Through the development of receptive, productive and interactive skills, students develop the ability to respond and interact appropriately in a defined range of everyday situations.
Contact the IB coordinator if you consider the ab initio option.

Group 3: Individual and Society

• History HL/SL (obligatory for all IB students at Hasseris Gymnasium)

The History course aims to promote an understanding of history as a discipline, including the nature and diversity of its sources, methods and interpretations. It also helps you to gain a better understanding of the present through critical reflection upon the past.


• Economics HL/SL

The Economics course is essentially about dealing with scarcity, resource allocation and the methods and processes by which choices are made in the satisfaction of human wants. As a dynamic social science, Economics uses scientific methodologies which include quantitative and qualitative elements. The ethical dimensions involved in the application of economic theories and policies permeate throughout the course as you are required to consider and reflect on human end-goals and values.


• Psychology HL/SL

The IB Diploma Programme psychology course is the systematic study of behaviour and mental processes. Students undertaking the course can expect to develop an understanding of how psychological knowledge is generated, developed and applied. This will allow them to have a greater understanding of themselves and appreciate the diversity of human behaviour. The ethical concerns raised by the methodology and application of psychological research are also key considerations of the IB psychology course.

In group 3, a HL level course will give you a Danish A-level, whereas a SL course will give you a Danish B level.

“The IB programme has given me a possibility to learn Mathematics and Physics extensively, giving me a head start at the university.” (Marta Mrozowska – IB Hasseris Graduate 2015)


Group 4: Experimental Sciences

• Biology HL/SL

The main aim of this course is to raise your awareness of biological connections and interrelations in providing you with a wide range of general biological knowledge. The focus is on the improvement of your ability to draw conclusions, understand biological processes and apply existing knowledge onto new problem definitions. Higher order thinking skills will be trained through task-based teaching strategies, which will also increase your communicative and cooperative skills.


• Physics HL/SL

Physics is an attempt to understand the world around us, challenging our imagination with concepts such as relativity, and physicists study the largest galaxies and the smallest subatomic particles and everything in between. Since many mathematical concepts were developed by physicists, learning Physics will help you master them and facilitate your understanding of mathematics – but likewise, understanding mathematics is also essential for success in the Physics programme.


• Chemistry HL/SL

In Chemistry you will be working with models and concepts to describe the characteristics of matter’s smallest particles. The Chemistry curriculum requires you to work quantitatively as well, which means that you will calculate substance and energy amounts and collect experimental data for further processing and interpretation, practicing your mathematical and practical lab skills.

In group 4, a HL level course will give you a Danish A-level, whereas a SL course will give you a Danish B level.

Group 5: Mathematics

Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (AA) HL/SL

This course is designed for students with strong ability in mathematics, enjoying the analytical aspects of the subject. The HL course is suitable for students considering further studies in Mathematics or in related subject, such as Physics and Engineering and some economics courses at top universities.

Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation (AI) HL/SL

This course is designed for students with varied backgrounds and abilities. The course focuses on application and interpretation of statistics and would therefore be an appropriate course for students who are considering, for example, social science and biomedicine.

The IB curriculum in Math is new and teaching in it starting in August 2019. A HL course to give a Danish A-level and SL-course to give a Danish B-level.

Choosing the right level in Math

Mathematics Analysis and Approaches HL

• 10 or 12 in January PreIB term grade and/or 10 or 12 in PreIB June’s mock exam or PreIB end of year grade.
• Grade A (B) in February IGCSE forecast grade and grade A (B) in final IGCSE exam.

Mathematics Analysis and Approaches SL

• Minimum 7 in January PreIB term grade and/or a minimum 7 in June’s PreIB mock exam or PreIB end of year grade.
• Minimum grade B in February IGCSE forecast grade and grade A (B) in final IGCSE exam.

Mathematics Applications and Interpretations HL

• Preferably 10 or 12 in January PreIB term grade, 7 if you are working hard and the choice is supported by your math teacher.
• Preferably grade A or B in February IGCSE forecast grade and grade A or B in final IGCSE exam.

Mathematics Applications and Interpretations SL

• If you have a grade lower than 4 in PreIB January term grade and PreIB mock exam or C in IGCSE February forecast grade and final exam, consult the IB coordinator and your Math teacher.


Group 6: The Arts

• Visual Arts HL/SL

The Visual Arts course enables you to engage in both practical exploration and artistic production, and in independent contextual, visual and critical investigation. A Visual Arts course HL will give you a Danish A-level, whereas a SL course will give you a B-level.