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International Baccalaureate

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International Baccalaureate (IB)

Diploma Programme (DP)

The IBDP is an internationally recognised,
highly regarded pre-university qualification
for students in the 16-19 age range.
It is a two year course,
with examination at the end of the second year.
There is a strong emphasis on encouraging students
to think critically, to be open-minded,
to develop intercultural understanding
and to become life-long learners.

 

 

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General Regulations for the Diploma Prgoramme - May 2013 Onwards

 

International Baccalaureate Diploma

If you are an all-round student, who is confident across a range of subject areas, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is great for you.

This course particularly appeals to those who are excited at the thought of learning with people from many different cultural backgrounds and who are attracted by the idea of learning within an international context.

Entry requirement
To study this programme students need at least an overall UK GCSE B grade profile or equivalent. For subjects you wish to take at higher level you will need at least a B grade.

The International Baccalaureate is a rigorous pre-university programme. The general objectives of the IB are to provide students with a balanced education, to facilitate geographic and cultural mobility, and to promote international understanding through a shared academic experience. In the forty years since its founding, the IB Diploma has become a symbol of academic integrity and intellectual promise. It is accepted for admission to universities in virtually every country in the world.

Students choose one from each of the following six areas. Three subjects are taken at higher level and three at standard level.

Best or First Language
English is available to everyone and is the language of instruction. Most other languages are possible. Students are currently studying:
French
German
Italian
Polish
Portuguese
Spanish
Swedish
Hungarian
Slovakian
Russian

Second Language (if you have studied the language before)
English
French
German
Spanish

Also available for beginners at standard level - ab initio, requiring no previous training
Russian
Japanese
Spanish 
Mandarin

Individuals and Societies
Classical Greek and Roman Studies (at standard level only)
Economics
History
Human Rights (at standard level only)
Geography
Psychology
Environmental Systems and Societies (at standard level only)

Science
Environmental Systems and Societies (at standard level only)
Physics
Chemistry
Biology

N.B. Environmental Systems and Societies can count as both your Individuals and Societies AND your Science options

Mathematics
Higher level Mathematics
Standard level Mathematics
Mathematical Studies (This latter course is the least difficult)

Further Mathematics is usually taken in conjunction with higher level Mathematics.

Creative Subjects or Option
Art and Design
Music
Theatre
Film
Dance

This can be an OPTION block. You do not have to take a creative subject; you could choose instead another Science or Individuals and Societies or another Language.

Additional components of the IB Programme – The Core
In addition to the six subjects, all students follow
• Theory of Knowledge – an epistemology course (basic philosophy – how do we know we know?)
• Extended Essay – a substantial piece of academic research
• Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) - all students have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of musical and artistic activities, sports and community service placements.


N.B. All courses are available subject to demand while particular combinations of subjects are dependent on timetabling constraints.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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