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1 The International Baccalaureate The Sixth Form College Colchester


3 “The International Baccalaureate Organisation aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.” IB Mission Statement:

4  The IB diploma is an alternative to AS and A levels.  It was established in 1968  Now offered in 146 counties  161 schools and colleges in the U.K. offer the I.B.  We have now been offering the IB for 10 years The International Baccalaureate

5 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. Cardiff, United Kingdom Academic, assessment, HR & admin, finance, publications, ICT, strategy and communications Maryland, United States IB Americas Global Centre Vancouver Branch office for IB Americas Buenos Aires, Argentina Branch office for IB Americas Geneva, Switzerland Headquarters Singapore IB Asia Pacific Global Centre Sydney, Australia Country IB representative for Australasia Yokohama, Japan Country IB representative for Japan Beijing, China Country IB representative for Mongolia and China Mumbai, India Country IB representative for South Asia The Hague, The Netherlands IB Africa, Europe and the Middle East Global Centre

6  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 The International Baccalaureate

7  Michael Gove, Education Secretary, IB fosters ‘a revival of the art of deep thought’  David Willets (Universities Minister) ‘more students should be sitting the IB, it’s got the advantage that it is more broadly based then A levels’  Sir Michael Rake (chairman of BT) 2009. ‘A-levels are no longer the gold standard and should be scraped in favour of the IB.’  Gordon Collins, founder of career and education Services, ‘You don’t have to be superbright to take the IB, but you need to be organised to balance your extended essay, your community work and a wide variety of subject.’ IB Diploma Perceptions

8 Factors driving schools to offer the IB include:  Broader subject base  Different approaches to teaching and learning  Rigorous academic background  Better preparation for university style learning IB Diploma Perceptions

9  “The qualification takes a holistic approach,” says Paula Holloway, Principal of St Clare’s school, Oxford which offers the IB. “Every part of the curriculum makes sense in relation to everything else; it’s a very different kind of qualification.”

10  Employers do regard the IB as a useful qualification in many situations.  “It’s a great qualification to have on your CV because it is internationally recognised, allowing candidates to apply for jobs globally,” explains Michael Gentle, head of consumer marketing from Monster UK and Ireland.  “Employers value it because it embodies a wide range of academic subjects, so often indicated as a rounded education.”



13  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. The International Baccalaureate

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

15 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.) The International Baccalaureate

16  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. The International Baccalaureate

17  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. The International Baccalaureate

18  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 The International Baccalaureate

19  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 34 points(international average is 29) which is equivalent to 1 A* and 3 Grade A’s at A level  IB students have gone on to most universities in the UK to study a range of subjects University Access

20  Students choose their six subjects, one from each of the six groups.  These subject groups are shown around a circle with the other requirements for the IB diploma in the centre. The International Baccalaureate


22 , Group 1 English H & S Group 3 Philosophy H / S Psychology H / S Geography H / S History H Group 2 French H / S German H / S Spanish H/S & ab Italian S ab initio Group 5 Maths H Maths Studies S Group 4 Physics H Chemistry H Biology H /S Environmental Systems and Societies S Group 6 or Electives Music H / S Art H / S Theatre H / S

23  English HEnglish S  Theatre HMaths H  History HComp Science H  Maths SPhysics H  Biology SFrench S  German SPsychology S Possible Combinations

24  English HEnglish S  Philosophy HMaths Studies  Visual art HItalian ab init  Maths Studies Chemistry H  Spanish ab init Biology H  Env Systems SPhilosophy H Possible Combinations

25  A good set of GCSE results  7 or more A* to C, including English, Maths and a Science  B or above in the subjects chosen to study at Higher level Subject Requirements

26  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 2 nd year at Florida University studying Zoology. QualificationGrade GCSE ArtA GCSE BiologyB GCSE ChemistryB GCSE EnglishB GCSE English LiteratureB GCSE Food TechnologyB GCSE FrenchB GCSE History* GCSE MathematicsA GCSE Physical EducationA GCSE PhysicsB GCSE StatisticsB Short-course GCSE Religious StudiesA

27 Qualification Grade GCSE Additional Science B GCSE Core Science B GCSE English C GCSE English Literature B GCSE French C GCSE History * GCSE Mathematics B GCSE Photography B GCSE Physical Education B 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 33 points and is now studying Law at the University of Kent.

28  This is ‘Trudy’  Trudy came to the Sixth Form College from Honywood School in 2009  Trudy studied: Psychology, English, Maths, Biology, German and History  Trudy passed the IB in 2011 with 33 points she is now in her first year studying Primary Education at Canterbury QualificationGrade GCSE ArtA GCSE BiologyB GCSE ChemistryB GCSE EnglishB GCSE English LiteratureB GCSE Food TechnologyB GCSE FrenchB GCSE History* GCSE MathematicsA GCSE Physical EducationA GCSE PhysicsB GCSE StatisticsB Short-course GCSE Religious StudiesA

29  Modern Languages - Durham 44 (42)  Law – UEA 31(32)  Marine Biology– Southampton 39 (38)  Economics – Greenwich 24(26)  Biological Sciences – Essex 34 (33)  English and Philosophy– Warwick 38 (38)  History – UCL 43 (41)  Agriculture – Nottingham 39 (33)  Primary Education – Anglia Ruskin 33(32)  Adult nursing – King’s 36(35)  Politics– Loughborough 32 (32)  Classics – St. Andrews 34 (35) 2012 Destinations

30  Geography- Exeter 32(32)  PPE – York 38(36)  English and Drama– Queen Mary 35 (36)  Law with Criminology– Kent 31(33)  Linguistics with Spanish– Manchester 37 (33)  Music – Southampton 32 (32)  Physics – Durham 38 (36)  International Relations– Exeter 34 (34)  French – Kent 32(33)  Journalism– Kingston 27(28)  English Studies with German – Sheffield 37 (35)  French and Politics – Bath 41 (36) 2012 Destinations

31  A broad curriculum 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 2 nd Year  Results in early July – earlier access to University admissions The Advantages of IB

32  A more limited range of options  Less flexibility  ORGANISATION!!!!! The Challenges of IB

33 * Inquirers * Open minded * Courageous * Thinkers * Knowledgeable * Balanced * Caring * Reflective * Principled * Communicators  The IB Learner Profile

34  “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 What they say…………???



37  A global qualification, the world is your oyster  Keeps your options open  Become a rounded individual  Research what you’re interested in  Philosophical approach Possible Reasons for choosing the IB

38  A strong reputation  Universities now treating IB students fairly  Encourages unique thinking  IB students are decent people  The choice is yours!! Possible Reasons for choosing the IB

39 For more information   The College Prospectus  The College website  Karen Burns, IB Co-ordinator 01206-500778 The International Baccalaureate

40 1. 1. The IB is a successful programme in the UK marketplace, offering British students the chance to excel 2. The IB ensures a breadth of learning that delivers the skills needed by universities, employers and society at large 3. More than a qualification – the IB offers the education of the whole person 4. The IB offers international standards for an international marketplace 5. The IB Diploma Programme opens the door to great university offers 6. The IB Diploma builds the foundation for academic achievement and excellence at university 7. The IB Diploma Programme creates individuals ready for employment in the global economy

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