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International Baccalaureate Level 3 at Exeter College

Course description

You will study six subjects across a range of disciplines choosing from the list below. You choose one subject from each of groups 1-5, plus one from group 6 or a second choice from groups 2, 3 and 4. (Subjects offered depend on student numbers and timetabling so availability of options may vary). 

Three of your subjects will be at Higher (H) level and three at Standard level (S). You will also complete a Theory of Knowledge course, undertake research investigating a topic of special interest which you present in an Extended Essay, and get involved in exciting Creativity, Action and Community-based projects.

Please click here to view the IB course booklet and click here to view the IB course video on our YouTube channel.

You will study through a mixture of group lectures, discussions, practical work, small-group conversation, language laboratory work and individual work. You will sit written examinations in May of the second year. All subjects include internal assessment, for example essays, oral work, and practical work, and this element is worth about 20% of your overall result. The Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge contribute to your overall result.

Course content

This is an internationally recognised qualification that allows you to study six subjects (three at Higher (H) Level and three at Standard (S) Level) across a wide range of disciplines spanning languages, arts, humanities, maths and sciences as outlined below, as well as a ‘Core’ comprising theory of knowledge, and extended research essay and a portfolio of Creative, Active and Service activities, known as CAS. 

Group 1 Language -

English (H and S)


Group 2 Second Language -

French (H and S), German (H and S)

Italian ab initio (for beginners) (S)

Spanish (H and S and for beginners) (S)

Spanish ab initio (for beginners)


Group 3 Individuals and Society -

Geography (H and S)

Psychology (H and S)

Philosophy (H and S)



Group 4 Sciences -

Biology (H and S)

Environmental Systems and Societies (S) (this can also qualify as a group 3 subject),

Physics (H and S)

Chemistry – which is taught in Group 6


Group 5 Mathematics -

Mathematics (S)

Mathematical Studies (S)


Group 6 Electives -

Art and Design (H and S)

Music (H and S)

Film Studies (H and S)

Chemistry (H and S)

History (H and S)

Entry requirements

You need at least seven GCSEs most at grade B including English and maths at B or above. For certain subjects (especially higher level) you will need higher grades, for instance A or A* for higher level languages or sciences. If you want to study a language that you have not studied before, you can follow the language for beginners (ab initio) course without a GCSE in that language.

Future opportunities

The course is recognised and welcomed by all universities in Britain and most universities in the world and prepares you for all courses, depending on your choice of subjects.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 February 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years