The International Baccalaureate Diploma Route (IBDP)

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 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:

GROUP 1
English LiteratureHLSL 
GROUP 2
FrenchHLSL 
GermanHLSL 
Italian SLAb Initio
Japanese SL 
Mandarin SL 
Russian SL 
SpanishHLSLAb Initio
GROUP 3
Business Management SL 
EconomicsHLSL 
GeographyHLSL 
Global Politics SL 
HistoryHLSL 
PhilosophyHLSL 
PsychologyHLSL 
GROUP 4
BiologyHLSL 
ChemistryHLSL 
PhysicsHLSL 
GROUP 5
Mathematics AnalysisHL  
Mathematics Applications SL 
GROUP 6 ELECTIVE
Visual ArtsHLSL 
or   
ChemistryHLSL 
EconomicsHLSL 
FrenchHLSLAb Initio
HistoryHLSL 
Mandarin SL 
PsychologyHLSL 

Additionally students will be required to:

  • Follow the Theory of Knowledge course which encourages logical, critical and philosophical thought, completing an exhibition in year 1 and an essay in year 2
  • Participate in a range of Creative, Activity and Community Services (CAS)
  • Write a research-based 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.