International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
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We have offered the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) programme since 2009.
Since then, we have had a consistent record of success, with our students continually achieving a higher points score than the world average.
IB graduates have gone on to great success at University, studying a range of subjects including Medicine, Law, Modern Languages, PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics), Engineering and English.
Our IB students have received offers from a range of impressive institutions including Cambridge, Bristol, Exeter, Reading, Royal Holloway and Cardiff.
The IB offers a balanced, ambitious curriculum which has an international outlook, and encourages students to be open-minded, caring, balanced and risk-takers.
It allows students to become specialists in three subjects studied at ‘Higher Level’, whilst keeping up their intellectual development in other areas. Scientists will keep up their engagement with literature and a foreign language, whilst Humanities specialists will gain the numerical skills valued by employers in the modern workplace.
FAQ: The IBDP
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? +
Because 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? +
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.