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International Baccalaureate The IB Diploma for Years 12 and 13
A challenging and globally recognised academic programme Felsted is one of a growing number of schools in the UK to embrace the International Baccalaureate Diploma as an alternative to A-Levels and our experience in the teaching of this demanding and stimulating programme means that today’s Felsted students are well placed to make the most of all the IB has to offer. Recognised all over the world, the IB is a direct route into British and international universities, and offers excellent preparation for tertiary education. The intellectual rigour of the IB Programme, coupled with the breadth of co-curricular opportunities and Felsted’s vibrant international ethos prepares students to take a full part in the world beyond School, wherever their IB qualification may take them. The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The IB encourages students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners, through challenge and rigorous assessment.
affords a tremendously exciting opportunity for young people to challenge themselves. It is a privilege to offer a course which educates the whole person, and prepares students to be the global citizens of the future.
Martin Homer, Director of the IB
IB Diploma average score 35 Average Score
“ Elite but not exclusive, the IB Diploma
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Dedicated Sixth Form Centre
Many musical opportunities
Learning outside the
Why study the IB? The IB at Felsted prepares students for:
University – The intellectual breadth and moral challenge of the Diploma gives IB students a vital edge when it comes to university applications and future career success. It is a well-respected qualification that is recognised world-wide.
Life – The holistic approach to the IB encourages students to be tolerant and open-minded, compassionate and principled. It promotes risk-taking and reflection, so students are confident and creative and have the integrity and skills to succeed in a global economy. Living – Studying both literature and at least one foreign language, Felsted IB students are excellent communicators – articulate on paper as well as in person. The emphasis on Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) encourages students to appreciate the need for a healthy balance of physical and mental activity that will stand them in good stead for adult life.
Learning – Intellectually curious, IB students are almost twice as likely as their A-Level and equivalent peers to pursue further full-time study*. The 4,000-word Extended Essay and the Theory of Knowledge element promote independent and critical thinking.
Leadership – IB students are more likely to be employed in graduate-level jobs, and command higher salaries than their non-IB peers*. Literate and numerate, linguistically and scientifically able, IB students are tremendously versatile and can demonstrate talents that are highly sought-after in today’s world.
IB Examinations Choice of activities
“ I was hugely impressed
with Felsted‘s young cohort of IB English students. Their ability to quickly analyse a text and assess its merits, while also grasping the nuances of language use, was first rate. ”
Oliver Balch OF, Journalist and Author of “India Rising” and “Viva South America”
Examinations are held in May of the Upper Sixth year. Unlike the A-Level system, there are no external examinations in the first year, giving students more time to study free from exam pressure. Furthermore, the publication of results early in July gives IB students a head start when pursuing their university places or future careers.
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gramme is to develop The aim of the IB Diploma Pro who strive to be: internationally minded learners Ⅴ Caring Ⅴ Inquirers Ⅴ Open-minded Ⅴ Knowledgeable Ⅴ Risk-takers Thinkers
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*Research published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency in 2011
“ 19% of IB entrants
achieved a first-class honours degree, compared with 14.5% with A-Level or equivalent in 2011. IB students are almost twice as likely to study medicine and dentistry (5.1% compared with 2.9% of A-Level).*
High level sporting fixtures
Dedicated facilities classroom
Public speaking and debating
The Felsted IB Curriculum IB students choose six academic subjects, one from each of the six groups. The overarching principle is that the programme should include some language – vital for communication – some science, some humanities, some maths and some arts, giving a broad knowledge base and the ability to choose an almost infinite number of career paths. Normally, three subjects will be studied at Higher Level, the rest at Standard Level. In each of these subjects, the aim is to score up to a maximum of seven diploma points. In the centre of the diagram (opposite) are the three elements which make the IB Diploma so special: CAS (Creativity, Action, Service), ToK (Theory of Knowledge) and the Extended Essay. The last two of these combine to earn up to three ‘extra’ points, so that the overall total is out of a maximum of 45 points.
Visual Arts, Music, Biology, Economics History, Psychology Spanish*ab initio
Mathematics Maths Maths Studies*
The Extended Essay – is an independent, self-directed piece of research,
English German Self Taught Language*
Creativity, Action and Service
Group 4 Experimental Sciences
Diploma Programme. It invites students to draw comparisons between their different subjects, reflecting critically on diverse ways of acquiring knowledge, while also considering the nature of knowledge in their own culture, in others’ cultures and in the wider world.
Extended Essay Theory of Knowledge
Theory of Knowledge (ToK) – this is at the heart of the
Biology, Chemistry Physics, Sports Exercise & Health Science*
Group 2 Second Language French, German English, Spanish & Spanish ab initio
Group 3 Individuals and Societies Economics, Geography History, Philosophy
* Standard Level only Subjects offered may be subject to change. Other subjects may be offered if there is sufficient demand.
culminating in a 4,000-word paper. Emphasis is placed on the research process, on personal engagement in the exploration of the topic, and on communication of ideas and development of argument. Students, teachers and universities place great importance on this task because it provides practical preparation for the kinds of research required at undergraduate level.
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) – this element ensures the education of the whole person comes alive in a practical, demonstrable way when students are involved in the community, whether at local, national or international level. The aim of CAS is to encourage students to engage in something other than academic study and to make a contribution to the community. CAS may involve activities students are already doing, such as playing a musical instrument, taking part in sport, acting in a play or being on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Felsted offers outstanding opportunities for students to complete the CAS element of the The Diploma offers programme, including exchanges overseas. specialism as well as breadth
FACT FILE: Tailored Specialisms
IB Options Felsted also offers less academic students the chance to combine the benefits of exposure to some of the IB Diploma Programme with some more practical vocational training through the IB Career-related Certificate (IBBC). Limited places are also available for a one year Pre-IB Programme.
– the range of combinations is staggering.
Potential Lawyer Potential Doctor
Maths Studies SL
Sports Science SL
Developing individual interests
Awareness of global issues
What the students say...
What the experts say...
Luise Wurlitzer, German IB Student
“ University admissions
tutors are now increasingly familiar with IB applicants. While typical A-Level offers have been rising in recent years, IB offers have generally stayed the same, reflecting the consistency in the standards of the IB. We are delighted that our IB students have won places at top universities.”
Nicholas Spring, Head of Careers, Felsted and Co-chair UCAS Advisory Committee
“ There is a stark contrast
between students prepared for university through the IB and A-Levels, with the former having a significant advantage.”
Filip Bigos, Slovakian IB Student
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Dr G Duranton, Admission Tutor, London School of Economics
“ Skills in project work,
language and essay writing are a real bonus. I would lean over backwards to admit IB students.”
Dr F Loebinger, Admission Tutor, University of Manchester
“ As an employer, I am
always looking for those applicants who can manage their time and who have coped successfully with a wide range of studies and extra-curricular activities.”
Richard Higgins, Deputy Chairman, Agnew Higgins Pickering & Co Ltd, Lloyd’s Brokers, OF and former parent
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What the IB Diploma offers is unique.
1. The broad subject choices allow you to do almost any course at university. I had no ide a what to study at higher level so the IB allowed me to keep my options open.
2. The different activitie s Felsted offers you to complet e the CAS element was so helpf ul when applying to university or work experience. 3. Coming from Germ any it was a relief to experience ho w international the IB is. It does not matter if your English is not perfect, you will always get the help you need. Overall, the IB has be en a challenging journey an d I am so glad I had the chance to experience it.
Danielle Standish, English IB Student
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Felsted, Essex, CM6 3LL 01371 822605 Top 25 IB School