International Baccalaureate (IB)

This qualification allows you to study six subjects (three at Higher (H) Level and three at Standard (S) Level) across a wide range of disciplines spanning languages, arts, humanities, maths and sciences as outlined below, as well as the Core comprising Theory of Knowledge, a 4000-word Extended Essay and a portfolio of Creative, Active and Service activities, known as CAS.

Course Information

  • Course Type School Leaver
  • Subject Area International Baccalaureate
  • Qualification International Baccalaureate
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Course Length 2 years
Overview

This is an internationally recognised qualification that allows you to study six subjects (three at Higher (H) Level and three at Standard (S) Level) across a wide range of disciplines spanning languages, arts, humanities, Maths and sciences as outlined below, as well as the Core comprising Theory of Knowledge, a 4000-word Extended Essay and a portfolio of Creative, Active and Service activities, known as CAS.

Please click here to view the IB course video on our YouTube channel.

You will study through a mixture of group lectures, discussions, practical work, small-group conversation, language laboratory work and individual work. You will sit written examinations in May of the second year. All subjects include internal assessment, for example essays, oral work, and practical work. The Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge contribute to your overall result, and CAS is also compulsory.

What topics will I study? 

Group 1 Language
English Literature (H and S)

Group 2 Second Language
French (H and S)
German (H and S)
Italian (for beginners) (S)
Spanish (H and S)

Group 3 Individuals and Society
Geography (H and S)
Global Politics (H and S) – taught as an elective in group 6
History (H and S)
Philosophy (H and S) – taught as an elective in group 6
Psychology (H and S)

Group 4 Sciences
Biology (H and S)
Environmental Systems and Societies (S)
Chemistry – which is taught in group 6

Group 5 Mathematics*
Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (S)
Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation (H and S)

Group 6 Electives
Art and Design (H and S)
Chemistry (H and S)
Philosophy (H and S)
Second Language*
Global Politics (H and S)

* A second language can also be taken, it must be Beginners (ab initio) Italian.

You will:

  • Study six subjects along with a Theory of Knowledge course
  • Research a topic of special interest and complete an Extended Essay, with one to one supervision
  • Have residential opportunities
  • Take part in field trips, theatre visits, conferences and other excursions
  • Collate and submit a portfolio of creative, active and service/voluntary activities which you have undertaken inside and out of college (known as CAS)

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses, although IB students may access cross-College enrichment such as Debating, MUN, REACH academy and Sports Academy.

Next steps: 

The course is recognised and welcomed by all universities in Britain and most universities across the world and prepares you for nearly all courses, depending on your choice of subjects. Our current average point score (35), which is above the world average, matches and even surpasses the entry requirements for several Russell Group universities including Birmingham and Manchester.

 

Entry Requirements

Subject specific entry requirements: You need the equivalent of at least six GCSEs at grade 6, plus GCSE English and Maths at grade 6 or above.

For certain subjects (especially higher level) you will need higher grades, for instance a minimum GCSE grade of 7 for higher level languages or sciences. If you want to study a language that you have not studied before, you can follow the language for beginners (ab initio) course without a GCSE in that language, but experience of language learning is required.

Facilities

You will have access to learning centres and to extensive electronic support materials including online films and videos, and IB online materials via Smartbacc. There are cafes and restaurants on all college sites and a gym in Victoria Yard that is open to students.

Additional Costs

There are some costs of materials and resources, for an indication of what these might be please click here to view the fees for September 2018.

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