The international baccalaureate




The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a two-year programme aimed at Sixth Form students in Years 12 and 13. The programme provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education and is recognised by thousands of universities worldwide. As an IB-school, Scarborough College is accredited to teach the IBDP to its Sixth Form students.

Worldwide, the IBDP is highly regarded as an academically challenging and broad examination that introduces interdisciplinary thinking to students. The examination consists of a minimum of six subjects, an Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Creativity, Action and Service (CAS). The Extended Essay, TOK and CAS are core requirements to be awarded an IB Diploma.

The Extended Essay is an independently researched essay of up to 4,000 words. Students can pick a subject from a list of approved Extended Essay subjects and either choose a topic within a subject they are studying or an interdisciplinary topic.

Theory of Knowledge is a course aimed at introducing students to theories about knowledge and critical thinking. The TOK requires 100 hours of instruction, completion of an externally assessed essay of 1,600 words and an internally assessed presentation.

The CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) provides students with opportunities for personal growth, self-reflection as well as intellectual, physical and creative challenges through participation in social work, community service, sporting activities or creative activities.


Students study six subjects from six different Groups. Three subjects are taken at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL). Instructional time for HL courses is approximately 240 hours, while SL courses consist of 150 hours on average.

The six subjects are chosen from the following groups: Studies in language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, experimental sciences, mathematics and the arts. Students can opt to study an elective subject from one of the groups rather than an arts subject.

Studies in language are usually the students’ native language, can be taken at either HL or SL and over 80 languages are available. Language acquisition is a foreign language and can be taken as Language B (HL or SL) or Language ab initio, which is an introductory level course. Individuals and societies subjects offered are business management, economics, geography, history and psychology.

Experimental sciences are science subjects such as physics, biology and chemistry. Mathematics is offered as either analysis and approaches or applications and interpretations (both at SL and HL). The arts subjects taught are music, theatre, visual arts.

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