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International Baccalaureate Overview

The International Baccalaureate is taught at St Edmund's College alongside A Levels.

The programme is an alternative to the traditional A Level programme, suited to all-rounders and recognising the St Edmund's aim of not solely focussing on academic excellence, but on developing well-balanced, spiritually grounded people, well prepared to face the challenges of modern life.

Students study 6 subjects, one from each subject group, 3 at Higher Level (HL) and 3 at Standard Level (SL) in the wheel below. 

Students also study the core, which is a 'Theory of Knowledge' course, complete an Extended Essay and complete a programme of Creativity, Activity and Service.

All universities accept the IB Diploma for entry.  There is growing evidence that IB Diploma students out-perform students who took the traditional A Level route, both at university and in the workplace.  (Source: Higher Education Statistics report 2011).