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What is an International Baccalaureate?

In response to several enquiries about the International Baccalaureate (IB)

The IB is an international qualification now offered by 3267 IB schools worldwide – around 75 private schools in the UK. It is overseen by The International Baccalaureate Organisation in Switzerland. There are 47 UK independent schools, which offer one or more of the International Baccalaureate programmes. The programmes for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.There are three programmes

  • The Diploma Programme (DP) for students aged 16 to 19
  • The Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students aged 11 to 16
  • The Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students from 3 to 12

IB Diploma Programme Diagram

In May 2012 Ofqual found that the IB Diploma Programme prepares students well for university study.

Ofqual published a report which considers how A levels available in England compare with the qualifications offered at a similar level elsewhere in the world. Findings suggest that the IB Diploma Programme offers a broad education with an international perspective and an emphasis on mathematics and languages which successfully prepares students for the demands of higher education.

The report identifies a key strength of the IB Diploma Programme as its emphasis on independent study which “can help to build the skills of deep thought, research and self-directed learning which are so highly prized by universities.”

Adrian Kearney, Regional Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, International Baccalaureate says: “Ofqual’s findings demonstrate that the IB Diploma Programme provides students with a breadth of experience and knowledge in languages, mathematics, the experimental sciences, humanities and social sciences,  which prepares them well for both university and the world of work.

John Claughton, Chief Master, King Edward’s School, Birmingham, says: “At King Edward’s School we made the decision to move to a solely IB Diploma curriculum because we believed that it would provide a really challenging education and would be the best preparation for university study. Our pupils have not only maintained a greater breadth of study and exploration but also learnt vital skills. We believe strongly that this will give them a much greater chance of success at university and beyond.