What is it?

International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes have an emphasis on students' personal development as well as on academic rigour. There are different IB programmes for young people aged 3 to 19, but the original and most popular IB qualification in the UK is the Diploma Programme (DP) for students aged 16-19.

The DP curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP Core. The subject groups are...

Through the DP Core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service.

Introduced in 2012, the IB Career-related Programme (CP) is a framework of international education that incorporates the values of the IB into a programme addressing the needs of students engaged in career-related education. The CP can lead to further or higher education, apprenticeships or employment.

Where could I study?

Only schools that have been authorised by IB to implement the Diploma Programme can offer the course as an option. Every school authorised to offer IB programmes is known as an IB World School. Check with your local Post 16 providers to check whether they offer IB programmes.

How long will it take?

Students usually complete the IB Diploma Programme over 2 years of Post 16 study.

Options after the course?

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is recognised by the world’s leading universities, and evidence suggests that higher rates of DP students go on to university and higher education study than non-IB students.