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.

Groups, subjects and courses

There are six subject Groups, each containing a number of courses from which you choose your preferred subjects. The Groups are as follows:

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature 

Group 2: Language Acquisition 

Group 3: Individuals and Societies 

Group 4: Experimental Sciences 

Group 5: Mathematics 

Group 6: The Arts

Where could I study?

Only schools & colleges 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.