International Baccalaureate

The IB is an internationally recognised qualification made up of six subjects including English, Maths, Science, a modern foreign language, an Art and a Humanities subject. You also get involved in community projects and write a research-based essay. The course is equivalent to studying a full A Level course and involves exams and coursework

We were one of the first colleges in the country to offer this challenging course and our results over the last 19 years have been excellent. You’ll be in small classes with experienced and inspiring teachers and a whole range of materials to access to help you learn

Potential progression options for courses in this subject area include:

  • Many IB students plan ahead to take gap years and apply to university during that year, supported by the college. For example, one of the students who finished last year is currently working with International Citizen Service in Ghana and lots are travelling in all sorts of exciting places (for example, New Zealand, Vietnam, Kenya).
  • Nearly all applicants get their first choice places at university including, in 2015, one student recently progressed to the University of Oxford to read Russian and French and many went on to Russell Group universities.
Did you know?

Our students results are often in the top 5% in the world.

  • Students on the International Baccalaureate course at Exeter College have been raising the awareness of the International Peace Day - September 21st - with a set of activities based on the theme 'Who will you make peace with'..

What our students are saying

I loved that I could carry on with such a breadth of subjects in a smaller group of students within the larger college framework and also that the IB is an international qualification meaning that it is recognised all of the world, as travel is something that I love to do. Although the IB has been a very challenging course, the support and help from all the teachers and other IB students has been amazing and made my time at college even more enjoyable. The independence college gives you and the sense of community within the city adds a great deal to college life.

Felicity, International Baccalaureate (IB)

I chose to study the IB mainly because it is such an all-rounded course, and it meant that I had lots of doors open to different career paths. My main achievement has probably been the confidence I have gained as an individual, not only through the IB, but also through the extracurricular activities, such as Model United Nations and the Reach academy. I have also improved my organisation, and I’m really enjoying my course.

Roslyn, International Baccalaureate (IB)

I would like to thank Exeter College and all the teachers for great support throughout the IB, it was definitely worth travelling up every day for that! As well as that, I'd also say that the IB has given me a great platform to progress from, as I have been able to study more subjects than I would have been able to at A Levels, and In general, I'm blown away by the results!

Sam, International Baccalaureate (IB)

The reason I did the IB is because I couldn’t narrow down all the things I wanted to study, it keeps you really broad…if I change my mind and decide I don’t want to study physics in future and instead want to do English at university I could. The IB is so broad and employers love it – especially the fact you have English and maths to a higher level.

Susanna, International Baccalaureate (IB)
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