What is the course about?
All students who study for the International Baccalaureate have to complete a section known as CAS. This is an important aspect of the course and allows the student to share their energies and special talents, whilst developing awareness, concern and the ability to work with others.
Who is the course likely to suit?
Everyone! CAS is a framework for learning by experience and is designed to involve the students in new roles. The emphasis is on learning by doing real tasks that have real consequences and then reflecting on these experiences over time.
What is the course content?
The three components are:
Creativity: This is interpreted as imaginatively as possible to cover a wide range of arts and other activities outside the normal school curriculum which includes creative thinking in the design and carrying out of service projects.
Action: This includes participation in expeditions, individual and team sports, and physical activity involved in carrying out creative and service projects.
Service: Service is the essence of CAS; it involves interaction, such as building of links with individuals or groups in the community (school, local are or on a national or international level). Service activities should not only involve doing things FOR others but also doing things WITH others and developing a real commitment with them. The relationship should therefore show respect for the dignity and self-respect of others.
How is the course assessed?
There is no formal assessment, but without completing the CAS course, students following the IB course will not be awarded their Diploma. A minimum total of 150 hours should be spent on CAS activities over the two-year period of the eleventh and twelfth grade. The three components can be linked and need not ‘stand alone’. There should be an equal amount of time dedicated to each component. The student will be expected to select what activities they would like to pursue and will receive guidance from the CAS coordinator.