Key Stage 5 - I.B.
THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA – a broad, balanced, international and socially engaged education for the whole person
The Diploma offers students a world class education as preparation for university and the rapidly changing world beyond. All students are required to study six subjects over the two years, as well as learning about how to learn. They are also required to show evidence of creative and voluntary pursuits outside the classroom. The programme is designed to equip students with the academic skills needed for university study, further education and their chosen profession, as well as developing key life skills for adulthood. In the current climate of change regarding A Levels, the IB remains a stable qualification recognised globally.
Students take a balanced range of languages, sciences, humanities and arts along with a course in the theory of knowledge and an independent research project. Three subjects are studied at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. Further details of the subjects offered can be found in the 2015 Sixth Form Prospectus
Assessment is primarily through examinations in the first three weeks of May in Year 13. The Extended Essay of 4000 words in a subject chosen by the student will be completed by the Christmas of Year 13. The Diploma is highly regarded at top universities all around the world, including Oxbridge and Ivy League, and over 230 schools now offer it in the United Kingdom alone, with over 3070 schools worldwide teaching the Diploma. This course will suit students who favour a broad and balanced curriculum, as well as the opportunity to study three Higher Level subjects in depth. It will also suit students who are interested, self-motivated and self-disciplined, and believe in the philosophy of the International Baccalaureate organisation, which sees education as being broad based and equipping you to excel in a world of diversity and change.
For immediate queries, contact Mrs Williams, the Diploma Coordinator, Email:
Please see the documents below for further information: