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International Baccalaureate Diploma

• an international qualification

• in-depth preparation for university

• teaching the IB diploma longer than any other school or college in England

• make friends from around the world

Study the IB Diploma in Oxford

Age: 16-18 years old
Start date: 29th August 2024
Length: 2 years
Class: Average class size is 9 students
Lessons: 30 hours of classroom lessons Monday to Friday
Lesson length: 55 minutes
Lessons: Six subjects (3 standard level and 3 higher level) plus core elements TOK, CAS and EE
Annual fees: Day students: £23,592  Residential students: £49,310
Term dates: IB Diploma term dates
Brochure: International Baccalaureate Diploma brochure
Deposit and instalments: Fees and Term Dates flyer

Why study the IB Diploma with us?

We are a co-educational sixth form college for day and boarding students in beautiful north Oxford. The atmosphere is informal and friendly, with an equal emphasis on hard work and encouraging personal responsibility. We put our success down to a combination of factors:

  • Status as an IB World School: We are the oldest IB School in England with over 40 years experience. There are only 13 other institutions in the world that have taught the IB for longer than us
  • Unique approach to study, student life and personal development: Our teaching style creates culturally aware, inquiring minds who demonstrate a lifelong passion for learning. They are excellent global citizens. 
  • Academic expertise and outstanding results: Our worldwide reputation is due to quality academic results. We consistently achieve above the world average and our students regularly win places at leading UK and international universities
  • University success: Our students regularly win places at leading global universities such as University of California Los Angeles, University of California Berkeley, the University of Southern California, Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University in the USA as well as Science-Po, Bocconi, IE University and Amsterdam University College in Europe
  • Internationalism is embraced as one of our core values: Our sixth form attracts students from around the world, including a significant number of British students. We currently have students from over 40 countries living and studying with us. This truly international community makes it a special place to live, study and make friends for life
  • Strong commitment to students: Our class sizes are capped at 15 students. This high staff-to-student ratio supports the learning process because it helps teachers understand individual learning needs for personal support. You will be cared for by teachers, residential staff, a Personal Tutor and College Nurse
  • Specialist careers and higher education support: Careers and higher education is embedded in the learning experience. Our in-house team guide you on all aspects of careers development including CV writing, university applications, gap years and internships
  • Accessible education: Our prestigious academic scholarships are open to all UK and overseas students interested in studying the IB Diploma as a day or boarding student.
  • Breadth of our subject offering: Our wide subject options at higher and standard level makes it an accessible and varied study programme, whatever your interests or academic background. We offer a wide range of subjects at higher and standard level including literature in over 25 different languages
  • Student support: We offer a supportive teaching environment. Our approach is designed to foster the development of the student’s independence and responsibility in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust
  • Access to world-class resources: We encourage you to take full advantage of the learning resources that the famous city of Oxford provides.

The quality of the students’ academic achievement is excellent’ – ISI report 2019

The college has a worldwide reputation for its expertise in providing the IB Diploma and embraces internationalism and academic excellence as its core values.

As more parents and students are choosing the IB instead of A Levels, it is clear that we can offer a better standard of education for those who want something different.

Learn why this is the ideal course to prepare for university:

IB study options

How do I choose the subjects I want to study?
A number of factors need to be considered before making subject choices. What do I want to study at university? What subjects do I enjoy? What subjects am I good at?

The IB Diploma allows students to choose subjects from six subject groupings. This means that every student chooses one subject from each of the following groups. Three subjects are studied at Higher (H) Level and three at Standard (S) Level for two years.

  • The three Higher Level courses should be subjects you enjoy and which support your career aspirations. These are the subjects you will study in depth.
  • The three Standard Level courses will provide you with an interesting, balanced programme.

We offer an exceptionally wide choice of IB subjects. You will choose one subject each from groups 1 to 5 and then a sixth subject from either group 6 or another from groups 1 to 4.

International Baccalaureate subjects

Group 1
Studies in Language and Literature
First language or native language

This is your first or best language. The following Literature courses are offered:

  • H and S: English, German, Italian.
  • S only: Albanian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, French, Greek, Icelandic, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, and other languages on request. Language and Literature is available only in English.

In the past, we have offered the above Standard Level subjects, however, whilst we will make every effort to offer any language within Group 1, there may be exceptional circumstances when we cannot provide a given language due to staffing reasons. In such cases, we will discuss alternatives with the applicant.

Group 2
Language Acquisition
Second language

This is the language you are learning. Most students choose English as this helps with the study of other subjects. Some of our students are bilingual or trilingual and study another second language.

  • H and S: Dutch, English, French, Spanish, Chinese B and German. Previous study of at least three years is necessary.
  • S only: Dutch, Chinese for beginners and Spanish for beginners.
Group 3
Individuals and Societies

Individual and Societies currently includes:

  • H or S: History, Geography, Psychology, Economics.
  • H only: Business and Management.
  • S only: Global Politics.
Group 3 or 4 — Interdisciplinary
There is only one course in this group — Environmental Systems and Societies. When making a subject choice, Environmental Systems and Societies can be included in either Group 3 or Group 4.
Group 4
  • H or S: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Group 5

Mathematics: Analysis and approaches is intended for students who wish to pursue studies in mathematics at university or subjects that have a large mathematical content; it is for students who enjoy developing mathematical arguments, problem solving and exploring real and abstract applications, with and without technology. Mathematics: Analysis and approaches will be a development from the current Mathematics HL and SL subjects. At HL, the course is intended for students who wish to study Mathematics at university, or subjects with a substantial mathematics content such as engineering or physics.

Mathematics: Applications and interpretation is being designed for students who enjoy describing the real world and solving practical problems using mathematics; those who are interested in harnessing the power of technology alongside exploring mathematical models and enjoy the more practical side of mathematics. Mathematics: Applications and interpretation SL will be developed from Mathematical studies SL. The HL course will include new content and elements of the current HL statistics and discrete content At HL, the course is intended for students who wish to study social sciences, psychology, economics, business management, medicine or design at university.

Group 6
Arts and Electives

You can choose to study Music, Theatre or the Visual Arts from this group OR you can choose one of the following:

  • another language
  • another subject from Individuals and Societies
  • another science


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