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British-based Learning with an International Perspective

IB Diploma

More than simply a qualification, the IB provides a distinctive educational experience for students. It allows students to study a wide range of subjects throughout their Sixth Form, while giving them the freedom to choose which subjects to study in greater depth. A number of opportunities exist for students to develop specialised knowledge and skills in topics that interest them the most. While these opportunities are certainly the best preparation for university education, IB students also develop the ability to take on new ideas from across the disciplines throughout their lives.

The IB offers a broad, balanced programme of study across six subjects; three at higher level and three at standard level, which must include a language and a science. Students select the six subjects by choosing one from each of the following groups:

  • Group 1, First Language - English Language and Literature, English Literature or school supported self-study of the literature course
  • Group 2, Second Language – Mandarin, Spanish, French, German or Classical Languages Latin
  • Group 3, Individuals and Society – Business and Management, Economics, Geography, History, Philosophy or Psychology
  • Group 4, Experimental Sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Systems and Societies, Physics or Sports, Health and Exercise Science
  • Group 5, Mathematics – Mathematics Studies or Mathematics
  • Group 6, Arts and Electives – Film Studies, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Chemistry or Economics

IB students must also write an Extended Essay, follow a critical thinking course called Theory of Knowledge and must participate in the school's Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) programme.

This IB Options Booklet gives detailed information about subject choices, topics covered, assessment criteria and compares each IB course to the equivalent A Level. If you would like a more general overview of each of the subjects, please click on the images below.