What is the IB?

The International Baccalaureate Diploma 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 creative activities, and service is also required.

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.

How does the IB compare to A-levels?

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is a complete programme of study, and overall is more comprehensive and rigorous than A-levels. The IB has not suffered from grade inflation and therefore is more able to distinguish between good and excellent students. All universities recognise the IB as at least an equivalent qualification, and in many cases indicate a preference for it.

Is the IB accepted by universities?

Universities in the UK, the US and around the world accept the IB.

What subjects are available?

For details of the wide range of subjects currently available, please see our IB brochure.

Can I study more than three higher levels/more than six subjects?

All of our Sixth Form students follow a six-subject Diploma with three higher level subjects. We think that the Diploma is properly weighted in its normal form and is already a challenging enough course. We support the IBDP in its promotion of a broad curriculum and suggest that if a student does have a little extra time or energy, he or she contributes further to the co-curricular programme or some other aspect of the Diploma.

Does the IB include coursework?

Yes, every subject includes some form of coursework.

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

Language A courses are for native readers, writers and speakers of a language and are graded as such; therefore, they are challenging for non-native readers, writers and speakers of the language. Language B courses are for second language speakers i.e. those who have been learning the language for a number of years but who are not at native level. Ab initio courses presume no previous knowledge of the language and are for beginners.

Can you take three sciences?

Because of its emphasis upon breadth, the International Baccalaureate Diploma does not allow a student to take three sciences. UK medical schools do not require three sciences: Chemistry and one other Science (generally Biology) or Maths are standard subject requirements.

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