Structure Overview

The International Baccalaureate (IB) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The IB Diploma curriculum contains six subject groups, together with a compulsory core that is central to the ethos of the programme and made up of three elements: Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and Creativity, Action and Service.

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Six subject choices are made, one from each subject group. Normally, three are studied at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL). Each subject is graded from one to seven, with a further three points being awarded for the ‘core’ elements of the programme.

A maximum of 45 points is available and a total of 24 points is needed for pupils to achieve the full IB Diploma.

Universities value the IB Diploma as excellent preparation for higher education due to its emphasis on independent learning, personal responsibility and study skills applied across a wider range of subjects.