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the international baccalaureate
The International Baccalaureate

The Sixth Form College Colchester

ib mission statement
IB Mission Statement:

“The International Baccalaureate Organisation aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”

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The International Baccalaureate

The IB diploma is an alternative to AS and A levels.

It was established in 1968

Now offered in 146 counties

161 schools and colleges in the U.K. offer the I.B.

We have now been offering the IB for 10 years


Organization: Who works for the IB and where?Over 500 staff are located in 10 offices for a balance of global coverage and administrative efficiency/focus.

The Hague, The Netherlands

IB Africa, Europe and the

Middle East Global Centre

Maryland, United StatesIB Americas Global Centre


Branch office for IB Americas

Geneva, SwitzerlandHeadquarters

Yokohama, Japan

Country IB representative for Japan

Cardiff, United KingdomAcademic , assessment, HR & admin, finance, publications, ICT, strategy and communications

Beijing, China

Country IB representative for Mongolia and China


IB Asia Pacific Global Centre

Sydney, Australia

Country IB representative for Australasia

Buenos Aires, Argentina Branch office for IB Americas

Mumbai, India

Country IB representative for South Asia

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The International Baccalaureate

IB students are twice as likely as non-IB students to enrol in Russell Group Universities

19% IB students get First Class Honours degree V. 14.5% A level students

IB students almost twice as likely to pursue graduate study

IB students typically have higher starting salary than non-IB

ib diploma perceptions
IB Diploma Perceptions
  • Michael Gove, Education Secretary, IB fosters ‘a revival of the art of deep thought’
  • David Willets (Universities Minister) ‘more students should be sitting the IB, it’s got the advantage that it is more broadly based then A levels’
  • Sir Michael Rake (chairman of BT) 2009. ‘A-levels are no longer the gold standard and should be scraped in favour of the IB.’
  • Gordon Collins, founder of career and education Services, ‘You don’t have to be superbright to take the IB, but you need to be organised to balance your extended essay, your community work and a wide variety of subject.’
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IB Diploma Perceptions

Factors driving schools to offer the IB include:

  • Broader subject base
  • Different approaches to teaching and learning
  • Rigorous academic background
  • Better preparation for university style learning

“The qualification takes a holistic approach,” says Paula Holloway, Principal of St Clare’s school, Oxford which offers the IB. “Every part of the curriculum makes sense in relation to everything else; it’s a very different kind of qualification.”


Employers do regard the IB as a useful qualification in many situations.

“It’s a great qualification to have on your CV because it is internationally recognised, allowing candidates to apply for jobs globally,” explains Michael Gentle, head of consumer marketing from Monster UK and Ireland.

“Employers value it because it embodies a wide range of academic subjects, so often indicated as a rounded education.”

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The International Baccalaureate

Three (or four) subjects are studied at Higher Level. This is broadly comparable to A Level standard.

Three (or two) subjects are studied at Standard Level. This is broadly comparable to AS Level standard.

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The International Baccalaureate

To complete the full diploma

students must also follow:

  • Theory of Knowledge course
  • Write an Extended Essay
  • Complete 150 hours of activities – CAS.
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The International Baccalaureate

The IB is examined by:

  • internal assessment (coursework, essays, practicals and orals)
  • examination. (There is only one session of examinations, in May of the second year.)
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The International Baccalaureate

The IB is not graded by letters but by points.

Each subject in the IB can score up to 7 points, whether it is at Higher or Standard level

A level 7 would be comparable to an A/A* at A/AS Level.

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The International Baccalaureate
  • You can pass the Diploma with 24 points (subject to certain requirements)
  • The maximum is 45 points, but a perfect result of 45 points is very rare.
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The International Baccalaureate

There are up to 3 extra points available for the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.

To achieve a diploma you must do sufficiently well in the Extended Essay and TOK, and complete the CAS requirements

university access
University Access
  • In the new UCAS tariff, an IB score of 29 points is deemed to be equivalent to 3 Grade A’s at A level
  • College average score this year was 34 points(international average is 29) which is equivalent to 1 A* and 3 Grade A’s at A level
  • IB students have gone on to most universities in the UK to study a range of subjects
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The International Baccalaureate

Students choose their six subjects, one from each of the six groups.

These subject groups are shown around a circle with the other requirements for the IB diploma in the centre.

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The International Baccalaureate


Group 1

English H & S

Group 3

Philosophy H / S

Psychology H / S

Geography H / S

History H

Group 2

French H / S

German H / S

Spanish H/S & ab

Italian S ab initio

Group 4

Physics H

Chemistry H

Biology H /S

Environmental Systems

and Societies S

Group 5

Maths H

Maths Studies S

Group 6 or Electives

Music H / S

Art H / S

Theatre H / S

possible combinations
Possible Combinations

English HEnglish S

Theatre H Maths H

History HComp Science H

Maths SPhysics H

Biology SFrench S

German S Psychology S

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Possible Combinations

English H English S

Philosophy H Maths Studies

Visual art H Italian ab init

Maths Studies Chemistry H

Spanish ab init Biology H

Env Systems SPhilosophy H

subject requirements
Subject Requirements
  • A good set of GCSE results
  • 7 or more A* to C, including English, Maths and a Science
  • B or above in the subjects chosen to study at Higher level

This is ‘Laura’

Laura joined the Sixth Form College in 2008 from East Bergholt High School

Laura studied: Biology, History, Psychology, English, Maths Studies and Spanish ab. Initio

She passed the IB with 31 points and is now in her 2nd year at Florida University studying Zoology.


This is Max, he joined the Sixth Form College Colchester in 2009 from Colbaynes School

Max chose IB Subjects; English , Maths, Biology, History, Philosophy and Spanish.

Max passed the IB with 33 points and is now studying Law at the University of Kent.


This is ‘Trudy’

Trudy came to the Sixth Form College from Honywood School in 2009

Trudy studied:Psychology, English, Maths, Biology, German and History

Trudy passed the IB in 2011 with 33 points she is now in her first year studying Primary Education at Canterbury

2012 destinations
2012 Destinations

Modern Languages - Durham 44 (42)

Law – UEA 31(32)

Marine Biology– Southampton 39 (38)

Economics – Greenwich 24(26)

Biological Sciences – Essex 34 (33)

English and Philosophy– Warwick 38 (38)

History – UCL 43 (41)

Agriculture – Nottingham 39 (33)

Primary Education – Anglia Ruskin 33(32)

Adult nursing – King’s 36(35)

Politics– Loughborough 32 (32)

Classics – St. Andrews 34 (35)

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2012 Destinations

Geography- Exeter 32(32)

PPE – York 38(36)

English and Drama– Queen Mary 35 (36)

Law with Criminology– Kent 31(33)

Linguistics with Spanish– Manchester 37 (33)

Music – Southampton 32 (32)

Physics – Durham 38 (36)

International Relations– Exeter 34 (34)

French – Kent 32(33)

Journalism– Kingston 27(28)

English Studies with German – Sheffield 37 (35)

French and Politics – Bath 41 (36)

the advantages of ib
The Advantages of IB
  • A broad curriculum

You end up with scientists who can string sentences together and historians who can add up.Hugh Carson, Head of Malvern College

  • Develops the whole person
  • Continuity of teaching groups
  • A world class qualification
  • No grade inflation
  • All external exams in May of 2nd Year
  • Results in early July – earlier access to University admissions
the challenges of ib
The Challenges of IB
  • A more limited range of options
  • Less flexibility
the ib learner profile
The IB Learner Profile

* Inquirers * Open minded

* Courageous * Thinkers

* Knowledgeable * Balanced

* Caring * Reflective

* Principled * Communicators

what they say
What they say…………???

“The depth and breadth is astonishing, they can’t really make a mistake. They are numerate, literate, have a language and a science” Principal, Abbey School Reading

“It gives teachers and students more independence. We’ve found it liberating” Principal, Sevenoaks School

possible reasons for choosing the ib
Possible Reasons for choosing the IB

A global qualification, the world is your oyster

Keeps your options open

Become a rounded individual

Research what you’re interested in

Philosophical approach

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Possible Reasons for choosing the IB

A strong reputation

Universities now treating IB students fairly

Encourages unique thinking

IB students are decent people

The choice is yours!!

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The International Baccalaureate

For more information

  • The College Prospectus
  • The College website
  • Karen Burns, IB Co-ordinator

[email protected]



1. The IB is a successful programme in the UK marketplace, offering British students the chance to excel2. The IB ensures a breadth of learning that delivers the skills needed by universities, employers and society at large 3. More than a qualification – the IB offers the education of the whole person 4. The IB offers international standards for an international marketplace 5. The IB Diploma Programme opens the door to great university offers 6. The IB Diploma builds the foundation for academic achievement and excellence at university 7. The IB Diploma Programme creates individuals ready for employment in the global economy