The IBD is an exciting and popular alternative to A Levels.
You should consider it seriously if you:
The IBD is taught worldwide and is internationally recognised and understood i by universities and employers as an excellent preparation for further study or employment. It is administered by the International Baccalaureate Organisation, a body which is independent of any government and which has an international perspective. Please note; students wishing to study at university abroad should check countryspecific requirements and the entry requirements of individual universities on the IBO website.
Varndean College is the only state-run college designated by the Government to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) in Brighton & Hove and is now in its eleventh year of running the programme.
Do come along and find out more if you think it may be for you. International Baccalaureate Diploma Talk Thursday 18 October 2018 6.30pm (Doors open at 6pm) No advance booking necessary
You choose one course from each of six subject areas, three at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. The content of Standard Level courses is smaller than that of Higher Level courses. Everyone also follows the core programme, which is made up of:Extended essay:
4,000 words on a topic of particular interest in any subjectTheory of knowledge:
A study of the foundations of knowledgeCreativity, activity, service:
A programme of extra-curricular activities
|GROUP||SUBJECT||STANDARD LEVEL||HIGHER LEVEL|
|2: Second Language||French|
|Spanish for beginners ("ab initio")|
|3: Individuals and Societies||History|
|4: Environmental Sciences||Biology|
|5: Mathematics||Analysis and Approaches|
|Applications and Interpretation|
|6: The Arts or a further subject||Visual Arts|
I chose to study the IB as it offered a wide variety of subjects and I was unsure what I wanted to study in the future. I had many friends who did the IB and I wanted to challenge myself. I have found myself doing activities I wouldn’t have expected as part of my CAS and TOK. This has opened up my eyes to a variety of different concepts and ways of thinking.Jemmina Cottan ex British School, Jakartal
A mixture of at least 7 GCSEs at Grade 6 or above, including English, Maths and Science.In addition, certain subjects at both Standard and Higher Level have particular subject requirements. For further information please refer to our separate IBD 2019 Prospectus
IBD students will have a fuller timetable than A Level students but less written assessment.