The International Baccalaureate. The Sixth Form College Colchester . IB Mission Statement:.
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The Sixth Form College Colchester
“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.”
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
Country IB representative for Japan
Cardiff, United KingdomAcademic , assessment, HR & admin, finance, publications, ICT, strategy and communications
Country IB representative for Mongolia and China
IB Asia Pacific Global Centre
Country IB representative for Australasia
Buenos Aires, Argentina Branch office for IB Americas
Country IB representative for South Asia
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
Factors driving schools to offer the IB include:
“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.”
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.
To complete the full diploma
students must also follow:
The IB is examined by:
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.
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
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.
English H & S
Philosophy H / S
Psychology H / S
Geography H / S
French H / S
German H / S
Spanish H/S & ab
Italian S ab initio
Biology H /S
and Societies S
Maths Studies S
Group 6 or Electives
Music H / S
Art H / S
Theatre H / S
English HEnglish S
Theatre HMaths H
History HComp Science H
Maths SPhysics H
Biology SFrench S
German SPsychology S
English HEnglish S
Philosophy HMaths Studies
Visual art HItalian ab init
Maths Studies Chemistry H
Spanish ab init Biology H
Env Systems SPhilosophy H
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
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)
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)
You end up with scientists who can string sentences together and historians who can add up.Hugh Carson, Head of Malvern College
* Inquirers * Open minded
* Courageous * Thinkers
* Knowledgeable * Balanced
* Caring * Reflective
* Principled * Communicators
“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
A global qualification, the world is your oyster
Keeps your options open
Become a rounded individual
Research what you’re interested in
A strong reputation
Universities now treating IB students fairly
Encourages unique thinking
IB students are decent people
The choice is yours!!
For more information
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