In 2009 Coloma was awarded prestigious “ IB World School” status. Schools which qualify for such status share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Coloma believes is important for our students.
Since then Coloma has been delighted to be able to offer its 6th Form students the opportunity to study the IB Diploma..The IBD is a prestigious pre-university qualification recognised by universities and governments throughout the world. It has been in existence for over forty years and is taught in more than 2,200 schools in 116 countries with well over half a million students studying for it at any one time. It is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and life beyond.
An alternative to A Levels, the IBD is studied over two years. It is a holistic qualification requiring students to study six subjects and complete a programme of core learning; this maintains breadth and depth in students’ learning.
Students study a course in English literature, a modern language, a science course and a course in mathematics, a humanities course and an arts course. They take three of these subjects at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. Students will also complete a research paper (Extended Essay) on a topic of their choice. All students also study a course in the Theory of Knowledge (ToK) and complete a programme of Creativity, Action and Service (CAS). This is the core learning.
All parts of the programme must be completed to be awarded the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The IBD is recognition of a high level of achievement. The deliberate depth and breadth in the IBD equips students with the skills, attributes and attitudes required for higher education and employment. The IBD also fosters international understanding and active responsible citizenship.
The IBD is recognised by universities in the UK and around the world. The UCAS website www.ucas.co.uk , shows the IBD entry requirements of British Universities. Universities recognise that the IBD is a package which is more than simply the academic subjects studied and they therefore ask for a total points score as an entry requirement, rather than the grades structure used in A Levels.
Further information including the IB Diploma Prospectus, online application form and links to other relevant bodies can be found on the pop out menu on this page. If you require further information or would like to discuss the possibility of your daughter studying the IB Diploma at Coloma you are warmly encouraged to contact the Schools IB Diploma lead, Miss M Griffin.
(Please be aware that information relating to the IB is regularly updated on the IB website and non-IB sponsored web pages may not always be as up to date.)