HOW WILL THIS COURSE HELP ME?
In the 2016 UCAS round, 53% of Varndean College IB UCAS applicants went to Russell Group universities, including 21% at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
The IB Diploma prepares students for success in higher education and to be active participants in a global society.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
The IBD is an exciting and popular alternative to A Levels.
As you develop, individual subjects of study are negotiated between student and tutor. In the second half of Year Two, an externally set assignment allows you to demonstrate your ability to record observations, respond to the work of other artists, develop ideas and produce your own work at a high level.
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. Students wishing to study at university abroad should check country specific requirements and the entry requirements of individual universities on the IBO website.
Varndean College is the only college designated by the Government to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) in Brighton & Hove and is now in its tenth year of running the programme.
If you would like more information about the IB Diploma, come along to our IB Presentation on Thursday 19th October 2017 (from 6.30pm–7.45pm).
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
A study of the foundations of knowledge
A programme of extra-curricular activities
WHAT SUBJECTS ARE ON OFFER AT VARNDEAN COLLEGE?
The IBD requires a mixture of at least 6 GCSEs at Grade 6 or above including English, Maths & Science.
In addition, certain subjects at both Standard and Higher Level have particular subject requirements. For further information please refer to our separate IB 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 the 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.
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 (PDF)
- Link to Independent article on 'Why schools love the International Baccalaureate
“It is very flexible and allows me to continue doing more subjects that I really love. The focus is on building the student into a moral, educated, organised person, rather than just preparing them for exams. We are allowed and encouraged to focus on part of the course that we are particularly interested in, and the subjects all link into each other in interesting and unexpected ways.”
AMELIA HILTON EX STEYNING GRAMMAR SCHOOL