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International Baccalaureate Diploma at Bridgwater College

Course description

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is aimed at highly motivated students who have interests and ability across a wide range of subjects rather than just the three or four chosen for AS levels.

Course content

IB Diploma students study SIX subjects plus a Theory of Knowledge course and a Creativity, Action and Service core of community service and extra-curricular activities. All students complete an Extended Essay or Experiment Report.

The subjects are chosen from six groups choosing three from a higher level, three from a standard level:

  • English Literature
  • A Language (French, German, Spanish or Italian)
  • A Social Science (Psychology, Geography or History)
  • A Science (Biology or Physics or Environmental Systems and Societies)
  • Mathematics (Maths or Maths Studies)
  • An Arts Subject (Art or Film Studies) or Chemistry as a second science or a second language.

Entry requirements

Six GCSEs at grade C or above in a broad range of subjects, including English, Mathematics and a Science, with Grade A or B in subjects appropriate to Higher level options. A good standard of written and spoken English is required.


At the end of the two-year programme, students are assessed both internally and externally in ways that measure individual performance against stated objectives for each subject.

Internal assessment

In nearly all subjects at least some of the assessment is carried out internally by teachers, who mark individual pieces of work produced as part of a course of study. Examples include oral exercises in language subjects, projects, student portfolios, class presentations, practical laboratory work, mathematical investigations and exhibitions.

External assessment

Some assessment tasks are conducted and overseen by teachers without the restrictions of examination conditions, but are then marked externally by examiners. Examples include world literature essays for English, essays for Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essays.

With the greater degree of objectivity and reliability provided by the standard examination environment, externally marked examinations form the greatest share of the assessment for each subject.

Each of the six subjects receives a points score from 1 to 7. Students can also be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results on Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay. The maximum score is therefore 45 points and the pass threshold is 24 points.

Future opportunities

The IBDP is highly regarded by universities. They welcome students who have continued a breadth and depth of study across a range of subjects. The top IBDP scores are worth the equivalent of five A grades at A level and even a low pass at IB is worth the equivalent of three A grades at A level. The IB Diploma also provides a broad general education which will stand students in good stead in any career.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bridgwater College directly.

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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