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The International Baccalaureate Curriculum

The International Baccalaureate is an international qualification now offered by around 3500 IB schools worldwide. It is overseen by The International Baccalaureate Organisation or IBO in Switzerland. There are 80 private UK schools, which offer one or more of the International Baccalaureate programmes.

There are four programmes

1. The Diploma Programme (DP) for students aged 16 to 19
2. The Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students aged 11 to 16
3. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students from 3 to 12.
4. The IB Career Related Certificate (IBCC) for students 16 to 19

We list all of the UK private schools offering the International Baccalaureate in the UK but due to the modest number in the UK, you may not find one in your preferred location. Those UK schools which are prepared to publish their examination results are listed in The Top International Baccalaureate Schools Table, which is replicated on our other website www.ib-schools.com

In the UK, the vast majority of schools only offer the IBDP. There are fewer than 10 schools offering the IBPYP or MYP. They are mostly London schools catering for international expatriate workers. You may find out much more about the IB by changing to our other website - www.ib-schools.com

The IB Diploma is also a 2 year course, starting at the beginning of year 12 with final exams at the end of year 13.

Students take 6 subjects which are selected with their university and career plans in mind. They are encouraged to take their mother tongue language, a Foreign Language, Mathematics, a Science, Humanity and an additional choice. 3 subjects are taken at Higher Level (HL) and 3 at Standard Level (SL). 

Additionally, students have to write an Extended Essay (EE) and take part in the Theory of Knowledge course (ToK). They also have to prove that they have been involved in an activity for 150 hours for the final compulsory Creativity, Action, Service module (CAS).

In total students can achieve 45 points, 7 per subject and an additional 3 for EE, ToK and CAS. 

The IB is favoured by many international parents because it is transferrable from one country to another if their job changes to another part of the world. The IBDP is regarded highly by universities everywhere. However because the IBDP has 6 mandatory subject groups including maths, science and modern languages it is not always suitable for students who want to specialise or drop certain weaker subjects when they get to 16+.

Speak to us on +44 (0)1622 813870 for advice on the best curriculum for your child.