The International Baccalaureate Diploma Route (IBD)

In order to study on the IBDP route, students must first meet our general matriculation requirement of 5 A*-C GCSEs including a grade 5 or above in English. We require that the student has obtained a grade B (or grade 6), or above, at GCSE for any subject that they wish to study at Higher Level and a grade C (or grade 5), or above, for any subject that they wish to study at Standard Level.

Our Sixth Form is unusual in that we offer you the IBDP as an alternative to A Levels.  The IBDP is accepted as an entry qualification to Higher Education and professions throughout the world and our experience shows that it is particularly highly regarded by all British Universities.  The educational philosophy of the IB is simple: to provide a balanced academic programme which avoids over–specialisation but does not sacrifice depth to breadth.

In the IBDP you will take six subjects, three at Higher Level (the equivalent to A Level) and three at Standard Level (the equivalent to AS Level).  The nature of the examination has not changed at all, unlike the recent A Level changes.  The six subjects must come from the categories below:

Group 1:     English A1: Literature                        HL      SL

 

Group 2:     French                                               HL      SL

                   German                                              HL      SL

                   Spanish                                              HL      SL      Ab initio

                   Japanese                                                               Ab initio*

                   Russian                                              SL

                   Mandarin                                                               Ab initio*

                   Italian                                                                             Ab initio

 

Group 3:     History                                               HL      SL

                   Economics                                          HL      SL

                   Philosophy                                          HL      SL

                   Geography                                         HL      SL

                   Psychology                                        HL      SL

                  Business                                                      SL

                   Global Politics                                              SL

 

Group 4:     Biology                                               HL      SL

                   Chemistry                                           HL      SL

                   Physics                                              HL      SL

                   Sports, Exercise & Health Science                SL

 

Group 5      Mathematics                                                HL      SL

                   Math. Studies                                              SL

 

Group 6      Visual Arts                                          HL      SL

                   Music                                                 HL      SL

                   Theatre                                              HL      SL

 

It is possible for students to take an additional subject from Groups 2, 3 or 4 as an alternative to a Group 6 subject.

* Ab initio courses in these subjects, although taught at an introductory level, are only suitable for those students who have some prior knowledge

Additionally students will be required to:

  • Follow the Theory of Knowledge course which encourages logical, critical and philosophical thought
  • Participate in a range of Creative, Action and Community Services (CAS)
  • Write an Extended Essay in one of the six subjects

The grades for each subject range from 7 (highest) to 1 (lowest) and a minimum of 24 points is required to obtain a Diploma.  Candidates can obtain up to 3 additional points for a good Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge mark.

The grades for each subject range from 7 (highest) to 1 (lowest) and a minimum of 24 points is required to obtain a Diploma.  Candidates can obtain up to 3 additional points for a good Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge mark.