The International Baccalaureate – is it the right choice for you?

Choosing the right qualification when studying abroad is arguably the most important decision you will make on your school journey. At The Worthgate School, we have a variety of programmes suitable for all students depending on how they study best, including the International Baccalaureate (IB), where we are ranked 6th in UK small cohort schools*. 

You may be thinking, what is the IB? And what are the benefits of studying this programme? Well, the IB is a prestigious qualification that is highly popular with top-ranking universities due to its rigorous curricula, allowing you to showcase your determination for success. When studying the IB, you’re encouraged to think critically and solve complex problems, drive your own learning, and be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world. 

IB diploma students were three times more likely to enroll at a top 20 higher education institution in 2021*

Is the International Baccalaureate right for me?

The International Baccalaureate is a fantastic choice if you want to have more diversity on your choice of subjects. By having a choice of six subjects as opposed to 3 with our A-level programme, you can really mix and match all sorts of disciplines which can be really powerful.  

The diploma aims to create lifelong learners, developing independence in studies and the outside world. IB students are often perceived to be more determined academics, as they are more prepared for the structure of university study. 

What subjects can I study on the International Baccalaureate?

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 is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper. 

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

Lucca from Brazil

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics 43 points

I would describe the International Baccalaureate programme at Worthgate School as a challenge that creates personal ambition.

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