The programme of IB presents itself as a circle with a core.
In practical terms, that means a pupil:
- studies six subjects - three of them at Higher Level and three of them at Standard Level.
- must choose one subject from each of the first five groups and then he can choose either a subject from Group 6 or a second subject from one of Groups 2 to 5. It is this which provides the opportunity for specialisation. The subjects that we offer are in brackets.
- Group 1: Language A [English]
- Group 2: Second Language [French, German, Spanish, Latin, Greek or, from scratch, Italian, Spanish, German]
- Group 3 Individuals and Societies [Economics, Business and Management, Philosophy, Geography, History]
- Group 4: Experimental Sciences [Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Design and Technology, Sports, Exercise and Health Science]
- Group 5: Mathematics: there are varying levels, in order of increasing difficulty, Maths Studies, Maths Standard Level, Maths Higher Level, Further Maths Higher Level
- Group 6: The Arts [Visual Arts, Music, Theatre]
Theory of Knowledge (TOK): this is a fundamental part of the course, designed to provide coherence by exploring the nature of knowledge across disciplines, encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives.
Extended Essay: every IB pupil has to write an essay of 4,000 words on a subject entirely of their own choice.
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS): this programme encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service work, thus fostering students' awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena.