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1 The International Baccalaureate
The Sixth Form College Colchester


3 The International Baccalaureate
The International Baccalaureate is an alternative to AS and A levels. 222 schools and colleges in the U.K. offer the I.B.

4 Organization: Who works for the IB and where
Organization: Who works for the IB and where? Over 500 staff are located in 10 offices for a balance of global coverage and administrative efficiency/focus. Maryland, United States IB Americas Global Centre Vancouver Branch office for IB Americas The Hague, The Netherlands IB Africa, Europe and the Middle East Global Centre Geneva, Switzerland Headquarters Yokohama, Japan Country IB representative for Japan Cardiff, United Kingdom Academic , assessment, HR & admin, finance, publications, ICT, strategy and communications Beijing, China Country IB representative for Mongolia and China Singapore IB Asia Pacific Global Centre Sydney, Australia Country IB representative for Australasia Buenos Aires, Argentina Branch office for IB Americas Mumbai, India Country IB representative for South Asia

5 The International Baccalaureate
we are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist…using technologies that haven’t been invented…in order to solve problems that we don’t even know are problems yet. What skills do our students need to develop?

6 The International Baccalaureate
IB students are twice as likely as non-IB students to enrol in Russell Group Universities 19% IB students get First Class Honours degree V. 14.5% A level students IB students almost twice as likely to pursue graduate study IB students typically have higher starting salary than non-IB



9 The International Baccalaureate
The IB Diploma is: a two-year course study of six subjects ensuring educational breadth

10 The International Baccalaureate
Three (or four) subjects are studied at Higher Level. This is broadly comparable to A Level standard. Three (or two) subjects are studied at Standard Level. This is broadly comparable to AS Level standard.

11 The International Baccalaureate
The different levels allow students to specialise and to develop their interests and strengths without losing the breadth of education they experienced at GCSE.

12 The International Baccalaureate
To complete the full diploma students must also follow: Theory of Knowledge course Write an Extended Essay Complete 150 hours of activities – CAS.

13 The International Baccalaureate
The IB is examined by: internal assessment (coursework, essays, practicals and orals) examination. (There is only one session of examinations, in May of the second year.)

14 The International Baccalaureate
The IB is not graded by letters but by points. Each subject in the IB can score up to 7 points, whether it is at Higher or Standard level A level 7 would be comparable to an A/A* at A/AS Level.

15 The International Baccalaureate
You can pass the Diploma with 24 points (subject to certain requirements) The maximum is 45 points, but a perfect result of 45 points is very rare.

16 The International Baccalaureate
There are up to 3 extra points available for the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge. To achieve a diploma you must do sufficiently well in the Extended Essay and TOK, and complete the CAS requirements

17 University Access In the new UCAS tariff, an IB score of 29 points is deemed to be equivalent to 3 Grade A’s at A level College average score this year was 32 points which is equivalent to 3 Grade A’s and a B at A level IB students have gone on to most universities in the UK to study a range of subjects

18 The International Baccalaureate
Students choose their six subjects, one six groups. These subject groups are shown around a hexagon with the other requirements for the IB diploma in the centre.

19 The International Baccalaureate
Group 1 English H & S Group 3 Philosophy H / S Psychology H / S Geography H / S Economics H History H Group 2 French H / S German H / S Spanish H/S & ab Italian S ab initio Extended Essay Theory of Knowledge Creativity, Action, Service Group 4 Physics H Chemistry H Biology H /S Environmental Systems and Societies S Group 5 Maths H Maths Studies S Group 6 or Electives Music H / S Art H / S Theatre H Computer Science H

20 Possible Combinations
English H English S Theatre H Maths H History H Comp Science H Maths S Physics H Biology S French S German S Psychology S

21 Possible Combinations
English H English S Philosophy H Maths Studies Visual art H Italian ab init Maths Studies Chemistry H Spanish ab init Biology H Env Systems S Philosophy H

22 The Advantages of IB A broad curriculum Develops the whole person
You end up with scientists who can string sentences together and historians who can add up. Hugh Carson, Head of Malvern College Develops the whole person Continuity of teaching groups A world class qualification No grade inflation All external exams in May of 2nd Year Results in early July – earlier access to University admissions

23 The Challenges of IB A more limited range of options Less flexibility

24 Qualification Grade GCSE Additional Science B GCSE Core Science GCSE English C GCSE English Literature GCSE French GCSE History * GCSE Mathematics GCSE Photography GCSE Physical Education This is Max, he joined the Sixth Form College Colchester in 2009 from Colbaynes School Max chose IB Subjects; English , Maths, Biology, History, Philosophy and Spanish. Max passed the IB with 31 points and is now studying Law at the University of Kent.

25 Qualification Grade GCSE Art A GCSE Biology B GCSE Chemistry GCSE English GCSE English Literature GCSE Food Technology GCSE French GCSE History * GCSE Mathematics GCSE Physical Education GCSE Physics GCSE Statistics Short-course GCSE Religious Studies This is ‘Laura’ Laura joined the Sixth Form College in 2008 from East Bergholt High School Laura studied: Biology, History, psychology, English, Maths Studies and Spanish ab. Initio She passed the IB with 31 points and is now in her 2nd year at Florida University studying Zoology.

26 What will I get from following the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme?
A template for life long learning A well rounded educational experience Preparation for an ever-changing world and the transferable skills to embrace a vision of the future A qualification that is highly respected not only in this country but worldwide. A cross-cultural, practical, multi-disciplinary and student centred curriculum Time management and study skills

27 The IB Learner Profile * Inquirers * Open minded
* Risk-takers * Thinkers * Knowledgeable * Balanced * Caring * Reflective * Principled * Communicators

28 What they say…………??? “The depth and breadth is astonishing, they can’t really make a mistake. They are numerate, literate, have a language and a science” Principal, Abbey School Reading “It gives teachers and students more independence. We’ve found it liberating” Principal, Sevenoaks School



31 The International Baccalaureate
For more information The College Prospectus Karen Burns, IB Co-ordinator

32 Minds are like parachutes – they work best when opened

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