The Complete Guide To International Baccalaureate (IB)

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What is the IB Diploma?

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The IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond.  

Not only is it focused on the students’ intellectual development, it is also focused on social, emotional and physical well-being! The IB Diploma nurtures students to be all-rounded and does their absolute best in everything they do.

Some key factors of what pupils will learn in this Diploma Programme:

  • Develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
  • Acquire breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, studying courses from six subject groups
  • Develop the skills and a positive attitude towards learning that will prepare them for higher education
  • Learn up at least two new languages and increase understanding of cultures, including their own
  • Make connections across traditional academic disciplines and explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course
  • Undertake in-depth research into an area of interest through the lens of one or more academic disciplines in the extended essay
  • Enhance their personal and interpersonal development through creativity, action and service

The Curriculum

The IB Diploma students must choose 3 Higher Level subjects and 3 Standard Level subjects from each of the 6 compulsory core areas: Language & Literature, Language Acquisition, Sciences, Maths, Social Sciences, and the Arts.

The IB programme ensures breadth of knowledge and understanding in their best language. In addition to disciplinary and interdisciplinary study, the Diploma Programme features three core elements that broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.

The extended essay, an independently researched 4,000-word essay on a topic of their choice relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying.

Theory of knowledge module which improves critical thinking. Students deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction through this course.
Creativity, action, service (CAS) involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme such as at least 3 hours-worth of arts, sport or community service activities.

Each subject receives a grade between 1 and 7, and all grades are summed to provide a total number out of 45. To pass the IB, students must achieve at minimum a 24, meeting certain grade thresholds in their higher and standard level subjects, as well as passing the additional components.

IB Ranking For UK Schools

We’ve compiled a list of top 40 Independent Schools in the UK which offer the International Baccalaureate program, based on the 2019 IB results. 

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International Baccalaureate Website

You can learn more about IB by visiting their official website:

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