IB Diploma Programme
Preparing students for success in higher education and to be active participants in a global society.
The IB continuum of international education for 3 to 19 year olds is unique because of its academic and personal rigour. We challenge students to excel in their studies and in their personal growth. We aim to inspire a quest for learning throughout life that is marked by enthusiasm and empathy.
The IB aspires to help schools develop well-rounded students with character who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in real world, complex and unpredictable situations.
The IB offers high-quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision Informed by the values described in the learner profile, an IB education:
The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.
The Diploma Programme prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society as they
Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.
The marks awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). Students can also be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results on theory of knowledge and the extended essay. The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and to satisfactory participation in the creativity, action, service requirement. The highest total that a Diploma Programme student can be awarded is 45 points.
Assessment is criterion-related, which means student performance is measured against prespecified assessment criteria based on the aims and objectives of each subject curriculum, rather than the performance of other students taking the same examinations. The range of scores that students have attained remains statistically stable, and universities value the rigour and consistency of Diploma Programme assessment practice.
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Students take 3 subjects at Higher Level and 3 at Standard Level (please note: for their 6th subject, students can either take a group 6 subject or a second subject from either group 3 or 4).
IB DP students have to take a subject from each group in the table below (1-5).
Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature
Group 2: Language Acquisition
German Ab Initio
French Ab Initio
Group 3: Individuals and Societies
Geography (Standard only)
Social and Cultural Anthropology
Group 4: Sciences
Chemistry (Higher only)
Physics (Higher only)
Sport, Exercise and Health
Group 5: Mathematics
Mathematics: Approaches and Analysis (Higher only)
Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations (Standard only)
Group 6: The Arts
In order to obtain the IB Diploma, you must achieve at least 24 of a possible 45 points across six subjects (three at standard level and three at higher level). Each of these are marked out of seven points, with an additional three points available for each of the core elements of the IB (the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge).
In order to obtain the IB Careers Programme, you must have completed the specified career-related study and been awarded a grade 3 or higher in two of the IB Diploma subjects.
In addition to this, you must have achieved at least a grade D for the Reflective Project and completed the Personal and Professional Skills Course.
Universities in the UK use UCAS points to compare different qualifications so as to determine whether students meet the grade requirements to access a particular university course.
Higher Level IBDP Courses
Standard Level IBDP Courses
Theory of Knowledge
Career Related Study
What are the entry requirements for an average university for IB students?
Entry requirements for university in the UK vary with each institution. However, most universities accept 112 UCAS points as the average entry criteria.
What are the entry requirements for Oxbridge?
The equivalent of 154 UCAS points (40-42 in the IBDP, with grade 6s and 7s in Higher Level subjects; or A*AA at A-level).
What are the entry requirements for Russell Group universities?
The equivalent of 136 UCAS points (40-42 in the IBDP, with grade 6s in Higher Level subjects; or A*AA at A-level).