WHAT WILL I STUDY?
The IBD is an exciting and popular alternative to A Levels.
You should consider it seriously if you:
- are a well-organised student who enjoys a wide range of subjects and activities and who is keen not to narrow your education too early
- want a course that will extend and challenge you personally and intellectually
- want a course that will encourage you to think independently and to speak and write well in more than one language
- want to keep all your university and career options open at 16 plus
- want an international qualification, which is recognised all over the world for your future career
The IBD is taught worldwide and is internationally recognised and understood 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
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?
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:
4,000 words on a topic of particular interest in any subject
THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE:
A study of the foundations of knowledge
CREATIVITY, ACTIVITY, SERVICE:
A programme of extra-curricular activities
WHAT SUBJECTS ARE ON OFFER AT VARNDEAN COLLEGE?
International Baccalaureate Diploma
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
HOW THE COURSE IS ASSESSED:
The maximum possible score is 45. In order to pass the Diploma you need 24 points. There are no external examinations at the end of Year 1. All written exams take place in May of Year 2 and the results are published in July. In many subjects there is a substantial amount of coursework and assessed oral presentation. Theory of Knowledge is assessed by an externally-marked coursework essay.
In 2017, 88% of Varndean College IB UCAS applicants gained places at Russell Group universities, including seven at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
The IB Diploma prepares students for success in higher education and to be active participants in a global society.
IBD students will have a fuller timetable than A Level students but less written assessment.
More details can also be found on the International Baccalaureate page.
- Download the International Baccalaureate Prospectus 2019 (PDF)
- Link to Independent article on 'Why schools love the International Baccalaureate
“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.”