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Preparatory IB course

• Prepare for the IB Diploma

• Take up to 2 IGCSEs including English

• Specialist IB teachers

• Study in England’s first IB World School

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

We have places available for September 2023 entry

Age: 15-16 years old
Course entry points: September, January or April (only September starters will be offered the IGCSE option)
Start dates for 2023-24: 3 January 2023, 16 April 2023 and 31 August 2023
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 2022-23: Day students: £21,196 Residential students: £44,118
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 develop onto our IB Diploma

Internationally recognised qualification: Our Pre-IB offering gives you the chance to gain IGCSEs in English and Maths

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 September, January or April. September starters can utilise our full academic offering and achieve up to 2 IGCSEs upon completion of the course

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

As an IB World School, we prepare for your IB studies and help you achieve up to 2 IGCSE qualifications

The IGCSE adds to the scope and quality of our Pre-IB provision. The key benefits include:

  • Excellent preparation for the IB Diploma: If you are selected to take the IGCSE in Maths, you will gain a recognised qualification in Maths and be equipped for our 2 new IB Maths courses ‘Analysis and Approaches’ and ‘Applications and Interpretation’ 
  • Complements progression to the IB Diploma: Our IGCSE award in English either as a native and non-native speaker, enables you to be fully prepared for either our Group 1 or Group 2 course offering at IB level
  • Flexible course options: the majority of students will be able to access one of our IGCSE English courses. More able mathematicians will also be able to access our IGCSE Maths course
  • IGCSE awards: You can take up to 2 IGCSE qualifications. Our next cohort starts in September 2021
  • Prestigious awarding body: Cambridge Assessment is a quality provider of the IGCSE
  • Benefits future career aspirations: A specialist qualification in Maths and English complements university applications, supports professional development and strengthens career prospects; IGCSEs are recognised by employers worldwide.

 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. Students taking the Maths IGCSE will have an additional 2 hours of weekly mathematics tuition.

Optional subjects:

  • You will select 3 of each per semester (in subject groups 1 to 6). We offer 4 Humanities subjects, 4 Sciences and 4 Arts subjects (groups 3, 4 & 6).

IB World School brochure

Quality Pre-IB teaching in Oxford

Prepare for the International Baccalaureate and gain up to 2 IGCSEs including English

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