What is the International Baccalaureate?

IB stands for International Baccalaureate. It is a Diploma qualification that is designed to deliver a broad, balanced education, with an emphasis on critical thinking. Students study six courses, five of which must be chosen from different subject groups, ensuring a range of experience in languages, social studies, mathematics and the sciences. The sixth course could be an arts subject or a topic chosen from one of the other five subject groups. In this way students have some opportunity to concentrate on areas in which they are particularly interested, although they do not have the same level of choice as they would in an A level programme.

IB is intended to encourage independent learning. An important component of the course is ‘The Extended Essay’, a 4000-word, in-depth study of a question related to a subject that the student is studying. The intellectual content of the IB is further strengthened by the course on ‘Theory of Knowledge’, which runs parallel to the other courses, and encourages students to reflect critically on the nature of knowledge and learning.

As well as pursuing their academic studies, students are also obliged to undertake creative or socially useful activities beyond the classroom, grouped under the term ‘Creativity, Action and Service’. Visit IB Diploma for further information.

A levels or IB?

The IB is a very stimulating course, delivering a broad education and encouraging creative, independent thought. It also has certain components, such as ‘Creativity, Action and Service’, which do not have any equivalent in other qualifications.

While the IB undoubtedly appeals to certain students, those who have a passionate interest in particular subjects will be able to pursue them in greater depth through A levels, which also offer a wider range of subject choices. Students at Ashbourne can choose from a wide range of subjects without restriction as part of the College’s commitment to offering the educational experience that is best suited to the individual needs and abilities of each student.

Why Choose Ashbourne College?
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During my three-year ride as an Asher, new doors opened up for me to a new world in which I found my true passion. It is encouraging independent learning while providing students with sufficient support when needed, along with its active, lively and friendly atmosphere that give Ashbourne its uniqueness. The location is great and adds to the liveliness of the atmosphere. As far as academia is concerned, the necessary platform for success in most subject areas one might be interested in is provided. The rest is up to the individual
KerryFrench and Management with a Year Abroad at Kings College London
Treated with kindness and respect whilst being taught to grow as an individual personally and academically
If I had to describe Ashbourne in three words it would be welcoming, intimate, and fun. I have never met such an eclectic group of people who all get on and are integrated with each other so well. It’s a great opportunity to get the grades that you want alongside gaining confidence and maturity
Emily BoothroydFormer Administrative and Behavioural Assistant and PA to the Director of Studies
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