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The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a leading global qualification, valued by universities and businesses all over the world. Stephen Perse students consistently achieve exceptional results and we have twice been named Sunday Times International Baccalaureate School of the Year.

As an IB student, you choose six subjects from the IB curriculum to study. You also complete a Theory of Knowledge (ToK) course, an Extended Essay (EE) and a programme of Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS).

The IB offers academic breadth and depth, combined with experiential learning through CAS – which encourages independence, drive and initiative. Through Theory of Knowledge, you'll develop critical thinking skills, to connect subjects in a way that prepares you for university study.



Not sure whether to study A Levels or IB? Look at our useful comparison table:

A Levels: Study the subjects you love IB: Breadth and depth
Who should study A Levels?
Those who have strengths and interests in
just a few key areas, those who prefer depth
of study rather than breadth.
Who should study the IB?
The IB is well-received at both UK and international universities, and offers much more breadth of study than A Levels as you
study a much wider range of subjects. It will therefore suit those who have strengths and interests in a broad range of subjects.
What do you study?
Three or four subjects in most cases.
What do you study?
Six subjects from the IB curriculum alongside the Theory of Knowledge, an Extended Essay and CAS, a programme of Creativity, Activity and Service.
What are the entrance requirements?
You will need IELTS 6.5+ and at least 50
points at GCSE or equivalent.
What are the entrance requirements?
You will need IELTS 6.5+ and at least 50 points at GCSE or equivalent. 
How long does it take?
A Levels take two years to complete, starting
in September.  If you require a different programme or wish to be flexible on timings, please contact our admissions team to discuss – we may be able to tailor our programme to you. Find out more about A Levels. 
How long does it take?
IB is a two-year programme of study.

Subject options

As an IB student you will choose six subjects in total: one subject from each of Groups 1 to 5, and then one subject from Group 6 OR an additional subject from Groups 2, 3, or 4. Everyone takes three subject choices at higher level (HL) and the remaining three at standard level (SL).

Group 1: Studies in Literature and Language
English Literature (HL, SL)

*Other Native Language A options will be available for international students depending on demand.

Group 2: Language Acquisition
French (HL, SL)
German (HL, SL)
Latin (HL, SL)
Mandarin (Ab initio, SL)
Spanish (HL, SL)
Ancient Greek (SL)

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

Economics (HL, SL)
Geography (HL, SL)
History (HL, SL)
Philosophy (HL, SL)
Psychology (HL, SL)
Global Politics (SL)

Group 4: Sciences
Biology (HL, SL)
Chemistry (HL, SL)
Physics (HL, SL)

Group 5: Mathematics
Maths: Analysis and Approaches (HL, SL)
Maths: Applications and Interpretation (HL, SL)

Group 6: The Arts
Visual Arts (HL, SL)
Music (SL, HL)

HL = Offered at Higher Level
SL = Offered at Standard Level


For more information on our IB programme you can find our IB handbook here.


Entrance requirements 

You will need IELTS 6.5+ and at least 50 points at GCSE or equivalent. 

Discover more about the IB

Theory of Knowledge

Extended Essay

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

 If you have any questions about studying the IB after reading the information on these pages,
please get in touch here.

Did you know? 

  • IB Diploma Programme (DP) students have a 57% greater likelihood of attending one of the top twenty UK universities than students who study traditional A Levels
  • 18% of DP alumni are employed in professional, scientific and technical activities, compared to 13% of A Level students
  • IB students have greater post education prospects, on average earning more than their A Level counterparts
Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency 2016 Report

A Levels

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