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What is the IB?

The International Baccalaureate is a unified programme leading to a Diploma which BGS has been delivering for over a decade. Strictly speaking we should call it the IBDP (IB Diploma Programme) because there are other IB programmes, but we usually shorten this to the IB.

Students follow a programme of six subjects with three studied at Higher and three at Standard Level. They follow a Theory of Knowledge course, record activities for credit under ‘Creativity Activity Service’ and complete an Extended Essay. At the heart of the IB programme is an endeavour to nurture independent, creative learners with a lively curiosity about the world in which they live. Many British Universities openly express a preference for IB students because of the depth and breadth of their study and the life skills they bring with them to the university experience. And of course the IB Diploma is recognised internationally.

The IBO (International Baccalaureate Organisation) website has a wealth of information to explore about the Diploma Programme:

This two-minute video explains briefly what it offers:


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For more detailed information about the subjects on offer at Bexley Grammar School and the combinations possible, click here.