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International Baccalaureate

Gain a global perspective with the International Baccalaureate (IB).

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Why study IB at Worthgate?

As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, we are recognised for our commitment to providing an all-round education that encourages students to thrive in our connected world. The prestigious IB qualification is highly popular with top-ranking universities looking to offer places to the brightest candidates and we are ranked 6th for the IB in UK small cohort schools*.

*UK Top IB Schools 2021 – Small Cohort, ib-schools.com

of students achieved at least a grade 6 or 7†

†in 2023

of the Russell Group universities have accepted our IB students†
†between 2012 and 2022
of students achieved the IB Diploma in the last seven years
“The International Baccalaureate is fantastic if you want to have more diversity on your choice of subjects. By having those six subjects you can really mix and match all sorts of disciplines which can be really powerful.”

Vice Principal Dr. Nicola Robinson

IB Course Overview

The IB is a globally recognised qualification that challenges, encourages and inspires students to become creative problem-solvers and lifelong independent thinkers. This programme is perfect for preparing students for university study and an international career.

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Explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique Theory of Knowledge course

Develop an excellent knowledge of key academic subjects

Explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique Theory of Knowledge course

Complete an extended essay similar to a university dissertation

Develop as an individual through Creativity, Activity and Service

Become a life-long problem solver

IB Subject Choices

The IB curriculum is made up of the Diploma Core and six Subject Groups. Students study six subjects during the two-year IB course, choosing one from each subject block.

Three Elements of the Diploma Core

Theory of Knowledge

The Theory of Knowledge asks you to reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know. It is assessed through an oral presentation and a 1,600-word essay.

Extended Essay

The extended essay prepares you for the study skills required at university.

Creativity, Activity, Service

Creativity, Activity, Service comprises arts and other experiences that involve creative thinking; physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, which improves and complements your academic studies; and an unpaid/voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit.

Six Subject Groups

Block A
Block B
Block C
Block D
Block E
Block F
English Language: Self-taught
French Ab In*
Spanish Ab In*
Environmental Systems and Societies
Maths AA
Maths AI
Global Politics
Visual Arts
Business Management

*For beginners

Questions about the IB

Subjects are assessed through both internal and external coursework which is written or practical work that you complete during the year and which counts towards your overall grade. You also take examinations at the end of Year 2 in May and June. To ensure that you are well prepared, you will also take  mock exams so that your teachers can help with anything you are finding difficult. English is assessed through an IELTS examination, ready for university admission.

IB results are published every July. Your IB Diploma is marked on a numbered scale. Each of the six subjects taken is marked out of 7, and there are an extra 3 points available for the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge parts of the programme. To gain the Diploma, you need at least 24 points, and the maximum score available for the most academically gifted students is 45 points – equivalent to six A levels at grade A*.

IB pointsIB points UCAS (university points)A level grades
45720A* A* A* A* A* A*
35400A* A* A*
28348A A B
24280B C Social

IB Students Testimonials

The Worthgate Students celebrating outside of the school


From all of us at The Worthgate School, we congratulate all of our A Level students receiving their results today and commend them for their high achievements