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Preparatory IB course

• Prepare for the IB Diploma

• Entry in September, January or April

• Specialist IB teachers

• Study at England’s first IB World School

Our Preparatory IB course helps you develop your study skills for the International Baccalaureate Diploma

Age: 15-16 years old
Course entry points: September, January or April
Start dates for 2023-24: 3 January 2024 & 14 April 2024
Start dates for 2024-25: 29 August 2024, 5 January 2025 & 22 April 2025
Length: 1, 2 or 3 terms
Class: Maximum 15 students
Lessons: 30 hours of classroom lessons Monday to Friday
Lesson length: 55 minutes
Annual fees 2023-24: Day students: £22,256 Residential students: £45,636
Annual fees 2024-25: Day students: £23,592 Residential students: £49,310
Term dates: Pre-IB course term dates
Brochure: IB World School brochure
Deposit and instalments: Term dates and fees flyer

Our Preparatory IB course helps you progress to the IB Diploma

Subject offering: Our Pre-IB course develops your knowledge in the key subjects covered in the IB Diploma including English Literature, English Language, Maths, Science, Arts and Humanities

Progression route: If you successfully complete our Pre-IB course you can progress onto our IB Diploma

Quality IB teaching: We have been offering the IB Diploma for over 40 years. Our Pre-IB course is taught by specialist IB teachers; many of whom are IB examiners

England’s first IB World School: Our experience reflects our academic resources, including modern teaching spaces, well-equipped science laboratories and a state-of-the-art design studio

Flexible course entry: You can start our Pre-IB course in September, January or April. 

Pre-IB methodology: Our Pre-IB course links in with the qualities and attributes of the IB learner profile which encourages learners to become balanced, caring, communicators, inquirers, knowledgeable, open minded, principled, risk-takers, reflective and thinkers

Discover new experiences: Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) promotes the opportunity to develop new skills through unique experiences. Create your own CAS programme from over 50 experiences a week. Service is not a compulsory element, instead, you can choose between 2 Creativity and 1 Activity, or 2 Activity and 1 Creativity

Dedicated support through small class sizes: Provides a positive academic environment for you to thrive 

Experienced pastoral support: Our dedicated team supports your wellbeing during your studies

Inspiring learning environment: Oxford offers a range of academic resources as it is a world-famous student city

Course Structure

Compulsory subjects:

  • The core subjects are English and Maths. All students take 4 hours of mathematics a week, 2 hours of World Literature and 8 hours of English (IB groups 1, 2 & 5). English and Maths classes are arranged by ability so that you receive the right level of support. 

Optional subjects:

  • You will select 3 of each per term (in subject groups 1 to 6). We offer 4 Humanities subjects, 4 Sciences and 4 Arts subjects (groups 3, 4 & 6).
(4 hours per week)
(4 hours per week)
(2 hours per week)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Environmental Systems & Societies
  • Economics & Business
  • Geography
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Visual Arts
  • Digital Arts (Photography)
  • Music
  • Theatre

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