The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is an assessed programme for students aged 16 to 19. It is respected by leading universities across the globe.
Through the DP, schools are able to develop students who:
The IB makes the claim that:
"DP students are better able than their peers to cope with demanding workloads, manage their time and meet the expectations placed on them, according to one study".
No evidence is presented in this regard - at least on the IB web site or that we could find, however there is no doubt with more subjects studied over a shorter period of time than its peer, the A' Level, IB students do need to plan their time very, very effectively.
The DP is preceded by the IB’s Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP).
"The three programmes are philosophically aligned, each centred on developing attributes of the IB learner profile. The programmes are consistent in their pedagogical approach."
Despite this many schools follow the IB at Diploma level do not follow the IB MYP - but instead opt for GCSE.
There are a number of reasons for this. IB requires strong teachers - it is almost entirely dependant on what your school and teachers put into it compared to the GCSE which is considerably more perscriptive in terms of syllabus and methodologies of delivery. Most importantly however there is no paper-based assesment - the MYP does not end in a recognized qualification, while GCSE does.
In fact for some universities internationally, including the US, GCSE is sufficient for entrance, while the IB MYP would not be.
At least partially because of this many international schools opt for the GCSE up to 16 and then the IB DP from post 16 education.
|ACS International School (Cobham)||Surrey||Greater London|
|ACS International School (Egham)||Surrey||South East England|
|ACS International School (Hillingdon)||Surrey||Greater London|
|Ardingly College||West Sussex||South East England|
|Bradfield College||Berkshire||South East England|
|Bromsgrove School||Worcestershire||West Midlands|
|Charterhouse||Surrey||South East England|
|Cheltenham Ladies College||Gloucestershire||South West England|
|Cobham Hall School||Kent||South East England|
|Dwight School London (Upper School)||Barnet||Greater London|
|Godolphin and Latymer||Hammersmith & Fulham||Greater London|
|Haileybury School||Hertfordshire||East of England|
|Halcyon London International School||Westminster||Greater London|
|Hockerill Anglo-European College||Hertfordshire||East of England|
|Kent College, Canterbury (Senior School)||Kent||South East England|
|King Edward’s School, Birmingham||Warwickshire||West Midlands|
|King's College School||Westminster||Greater London|
|Malvern College||Worcestershire||West Midlands|
|Marlborough College||Wiltshire||South West England|
|North London Collegiate School||Harrow||Greater London|
|Oakham School||Rutland||East of England|
|Rossall School||Lancashire||North West England|
|Royal High School Bath (Senior School & Sixth Form)||Somerset||South West England|
|Rugby School||Warwickshire||West Midlands|
|Sevenoaks School||Kent||South East England|
|St Clare's, Oxford||Oxfordshire||South East England|
|Stonyhurst College||Lancashire||North West England|
|TASIS England||Surrey||Greater London|
|Taunton School||Somerset||South West England|
|The Abbey (Senior School)||Berkshire||South East England|
|UWC Atlantic College||Glamorgan||Wales|
|Whitgift School||Surrey||Greater London|
|Windermere School (Senior School & Sixth Form)||Cumbria||North West England|
|Worth School||West Sussex||South East England|