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International Baccalaureate

The IB curriculum is broadly based in subject groups. Students choose one subject from each of the groups 1-6 but in group 6 may select a further choice from groups 2, 3 or 4 instead of those offered in group 6. You should follow your interests and enjoyment of a subject. The IB structure encourages a balanced choice which includes the essential further study of English and Maths but also the depth required through the Higher Subjects.

Examples of IB subject combinations leading to particular university courses can be found on the Website at www.bexleygs.co.uk/121/ib-subject-combinations

Also available is a comprehensive list of university offers made to IB students from 4 local schools (including BGS) in 2014 for particular courses: IBSCA List.

The following table presents a summary of the courses available. For information on each subject, use the menu above the title to this page.

 1. English

English Literature

Literature & Performance*

2. Language

Beginners'1 subjects are available as an alternative for students who would like to learn a new language.

Chinese

French

German

Italian

Japanese

Latin

Russian

Spanish

3. Individuals and Societies:

Ancient History & Classical Civilisation*

Business & Management

Economics

Geography

Philosophy: Philosophy           of Religion and Ethics

History

Politics

Psychology

Social and Cultural             Anthropology

4. Science:

Biology

Chemistry**

Computer Science

Design & Technology

Environmental Systems*3

Physics

Sports, Exercise & Health Science            

 

5. Mathematics2:

Mathematics

Mathematical Studies*

6. Arts and Electives: or a further choice from groups 2, 3 or 4 above.

Film

Music

Theatre

Visual Arts

* Indicates a subject that is only available at Standard Level.

** Indicates a subject that is only available at Higher Level.

1 The majority of students continue studying one of their languages to Standard or Higher level. However students looking for a fresh start in a new language or those who did not achieve a grade B or above might wish to study at beginners ('Ab Initio') level. The points earned are exactly the same as those for standard or higher subjects.

2 Some students find it difficult to decide which Mathematics option to follow: Higher, Standard or Studies. The rule of thumb is that Maths Studies is probably best suited to anyone who is not planning to study a Mathematics related subject at University. The points awarded are the same as those for Standard and Higher, but the course is far more accessible to most students.

3 Environmental Systems can count as a group 3 and group 4 subject allowing students to take 2 subjects from group 6. Music and Theatre for example.

Students take three subjects at Higher Level and the remaining three at Standard Level.

In addition to this, the following components complete the IB requirements:

  • The CAS programme (Creativity, Action, Service)
  • The Extended Essay
  • Theory of Knowledge

Students have to complete all areas successfully to be awarded the Diploma.