The International Baccalaureate Diploma Route (IBD)

In order to study on the IBDP route, students must first meet our general matriculation requirement of 5 GCSEs grades 9-5 including a grade 5 or above in English.  A pass in the Diplome du Citoyen is also a matriculation requirement for students who studied at the Anglo European prior to joining the Sixth Form or evidence of an international perspective for external students.

We require that the student has obtained a grade 6, or above, at GCSE for any subject that they wish to study at Higher Level and a grade 5, or above, for any subject that they wish to study at Standard Level, with the exception of Mathematics.

Our Sixth Form is unusual in that we offer you the IBDP as an alternative to A Levels.  The IBDP is accepted as an entry qualification to Higher Education and professions throughout the world and our experience shows that it is particularly highly regarded by all British Universities.  The educational philosophy of the IB is simple: to provide a balanced academic programme which avoids over–specialisation but does not sacrifice depth to breadth.

In the IBDP you will take six subjects, three at Higher Level (the equivalent to A Level) and three at Standard Level (the equivalent to AS Level).  The nature of the examination has not changed at all, unlike the recent A Level changes.  The six subjects must come from the categories below:

It is possible for students to take an additional subject from Groups 2, 3 or 4 as an alternative to a Group 6 subject.

* Ab initio courses in these subjects, although taught at an introductory level, are only suitable for those students who have some prior knowledge

Additionally students will be required to:

  • Follow the Theory of Knowledge course which encourages logical, critical and philosophical thought
  • Participate in a range of Creative, Activity and Community Services (CAS)
  • Write an Extended Essay in one of the six subjects


The grades for each subject range from 7 (highest) to 1 (lowest) and a minimum of 24 points is required to obtain a Diploma.  Candidates can obtain up to 3 additional points for a good Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge mark.


Group 1:

English Literature                   HL       SL


Group 2:

French                                     HL       SL

German                                   HL       SL

Italian                                                              Ab Initio

Japanese                                                          Ab Initio*

Mandarin                                                         Ab Initio*

Russian                                                SL

Spanish                                    HL       SL       Ab Initio



Group 3:

Business Management                       SL

Economics                               HL       SL

Geography                              HL       SL

History                                    HL       SL

Philosophy                              HL       SL

Psychology                              HL       SL

Global Politics                                     SL


Group 4:

Biology                                   HL       SL

Chemistry                                HL       SL

Physics                                    HL       SL


Group 5:

Mathematics Applications      HL       SL

Mathematics Analysis             HL       SL


Group 6:

Music                                      HL       SL

Visual Arts                              HL       SL



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