HOW WILL THIS COURSE HELP ME?
In the 2015 UCAS round, 63% 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 increasingly popular alternative to A Levels.
You should consider it seriously if you:
The IBD requires grade 5 or better in English and Maths GCSE plus A* to B grades in four other different subjects. In addition, certain subjects at Higher Level have particular subject requirements.
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.
"I was unsure as to what kind of career I wanted to pursue and the IB offered the opportunity to study a wider range of subjects. The IB also allows you to study abroad which is an option I wanted to consider. I have enjoyed the cultural relevance that is a focus in most of my subjects. I feel the IB makes you a more conscientious student and I'm expanding my knowledge in all subjects, widening my skills."
"The IB gives me the opportunity for a widespread education, so giving me the possibility to study at international universities. It is difficult to mention just one thing I have enjoyed most because I think the IB as a whole is just fantastic. It is great that you don't have to go through the hard times all alone. All IB students support each other and are like a second family. Learning together and succeeding together is one of the many things I enjoy most."
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 college designated by the Government to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) in Brighton & Hove and is now in its ninth year of running the programme.
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