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Sixth form FAQ: The IB

  • What is the IBDP? +

    P1010791 200pxThe IB is a two-year programme for Sixth Form students. All students study six subjects: three at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. In addition, students write an Extended Essay and follow a critical thinking course entitled Theory of Knowledge. Participation in Creativity, Action and Service programme activities are also required. The prospectus of the IBDP at Dane Court booklet containing detailed information of the subjects available can be viewed here.

  • What subjects are available? +

    For details of the wide range of subjects currently available, please see our prospectus for the coming year.

  • Can I study more than three highers? +

    It is not possible to study more than three higher level subjects because there would not be time to study the three standard level subjects and the core.
    Also there isn’t a requirement for this for university study.

  • Can I take three sciences? +

    P1010810 200pxBecause of its emphasis upon breadth, the International Baccalaureate diploma does not allow a student to take three sciences.
    Chemistry and one other Science or Maths are standard subject requirements for UK medical schools.

  • Do I have to study for the full IBDP? +

    If you feel that the full DP does not meet your needs then you can discuss a bespoke programme with us.

  • What is the difference between A, B and ab initio language courses? +

    MO1L0239 250pxLanguage A courses are for native speakers and are correspondingly more advanced.
    Language B courses are for second language speakers, i.e. those who have been learning the language for 3-5 years.
    Ab initio courses presume no previous knowledge of the language (and are only available at Standard Level).

  • How does HL Maths compare to Maths A-level courses? +

    Higher Level Maths is harder than A-level Maths.

  • Do I need to follow Maths at Higher Level if I want to study medicine? +

    No.
    In fact, we advise that all aspiring medics or vets choose maths studies unless you think you might wish to apply to Oxford or Cambridge.

  • How does the points system work? +

    Each of the six subjects is graded out of seven. The Extended essay and Theory of Knowledge are combined to give up to three core points. The total diploma score is therefore a maximum 45 points.

  • Does the IB use coursework for assessment? +

    The IB courses all contain coursework that is referred to as Internal Assessments or IAs.
    The amount of coursework in each subject varies but you will see full details in the prospectus.

  • Can I apply to study medicine/veterinary/dentistry with the IBDP? +

    Absolutely. There is no university course that demands all three sciences at a higher level.

  • Can I apply to university if I am not doing the full IBDP? +

    Yes. You will accrue points from all the subjects you are taking and universities will accept a combination of IB subjects as long as you meet their academic entry criteria.

  • Can I apply to university with the IBDP? +

    Yes.
    Universities in the UK, the US and across the world welcome both qualifications and most of our students each year are successful in their applications to study at universities.
    Research has shown that IB students are more likely to complete their degree course than A level students, as they have been so well prepared for the rigours of academic life whilst studying in the sixth form.

  • What happens if I feel I am studying too many subjects? +

    Whilst the IBDP and IBCP are two distinct programmes, we can adapt your course to fit your needs should you wish.
    The first step is to come and discuss any issues with the sixth form office and we will check whether your plans for the future can still be met, should you wish to change direction.

  • What should I do if I think I am studying a subject that I now regret having chosen? +

    This does happen and it is possible to change your subjects up until the end of September in year 12. This means that you will not be too far behind in the newly chosen course. You can also change the levels as well if you wish.

  • What is CAS, TOK and EE? +

    'Creativity, Activity, Service'Theory of Knowledge, the Extended Essay are the three elements making up the core of the IBDP.
    You will have a dedicated tutor for these three elements who will support you each step of the way.
    More details can be found in our prospectus.

  • What is Service Learning, PPS and RP? +

    Service Learning, Personal and Professional Skills and the Reflective Project are the three elements forming the core of the IBCP
    You will have a teacher who will work with you on these three components.
    More details can be found in our prospectus.

  • How much homework will I have? +

    You can expect around 3 hours homework for a Higher Level subject and 2 hours homework for a Standard Level subject.

  • How does the IB grading system work? +

    Each of the six subjects is graded out of seven. The Extended essay and Theory of Knowledge are combined to give up to three core points. The total diploma score is therefore a maximum 45 points.

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  • Do I have to study for the full IBDP? +

    If you feel that the full DP does not meet your needs then you can discuss a bespoke programme with us.

  • How much homework will I have? +

    You can expect around 3 hours homework for a Higher Level subject and 2 hours homework for a Standard Level subject.

  • Does the IB use coursework for assessment? +

    The IB courses all contain coursework that is referred to as Internal Assessments or IAs.
    The amount of coursework in each subject varies but you will see full details in the prospectus.

  • How does the IB grading system work? +

    Each of the six subjects is graded out of seven. The Extended essay and Theory of Knowledge are combined to give up to three core points. The total diploma score is therefore a maximum 45 points.

  • Can I study more than three highers? +

    It is not possible to study more than three higher level subjects because there would not be time to study the three standard level subjects and the core.
    Also there isn’t a requirement for this for university study.

  • Can I take three sciences? +

    P1010810 200pxBecause of its emphasis upon breadth, the International Baccalaureate diploma does not allow a student to take three sciences.
    Chemistry and one other Science or Maths are standard subject requirements for UK medical schools.

  • Can I apply to university with the IBDP? +

    Yes.
    Universities in the UK, the US and across the world welcome both qualifications and most of our students each year are successful in their applications to study at universities.
    Research has shown that IB students are more likely to complete their degree course than A level students, as they have been so well prepared for the rigours of academic life whilst studying in the sixth form.

  • Can I apply to study medicine/veterinary/dentistry with the IBDP? +

    Absolutely. There is no university course that demands all three sciences at a higher level.

  • Can I apply to university if I am not doing the full IBDP? +

    Yes. You will accrue points from all the subjects you are taking and universities will accept a combination of IB subjects as long as you meet their academic entry criteria.

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