International Baccalaureate (IB)
Faculty of English, Languages and IB
Faculty Level Location Length Ask Apply
English, Languages and IB Level 3 - International Baccalaureate Hele Road 2 years

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This is an internationally recognised qualification that allows you to study six subjects (three at Higher (H) Level and three at Standard (S) Level) across a wide range of disciplines spanning languages, arts, humanities, Maths and sciences as outlined below, as well as the Core comprising Theory of Knowledge, a 4000-word Extended Essay and a portfolio of Creative, Active and Service activities, known as CAS.

Please click here to view the IB course video on our YouTube channel.

You will study through a mixture of group lectures, discussions, practical work, small-group conversation, language laboratory work and individual work. You will sit written examinations in May of the second year. All subjects include internal assessment, for example essays, oral work, and practical work. The Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge contribute to your overall result, and CAS is also compulsory.

What topics will I study?

> Group 1 Language

English (H and S)

> Group 2 Second Language

French (H and S)

German (H and S)

Italian (for beginners) (S)

Spanish (H and S and for beginners)

> Group 3 Individuals and Society

Geography (H and S)

Psychology (H and S)

Philosophy (H and S) - taught as an elective in group 6

History (H and S)

Global Politics (H and S)* - taught as an elective in group 6

> Group 4 Sciences

Biology (H and S) Environmental Systems and Societies (S)

Physics (H and S)

Chemistry – which is taught in Group 6

> Group 5 Mathematics*

Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (H and S)

Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation (H and S)

> Group 6 Electives

Art and Design (H and S)

Film Studies (H and S)

Chemistry (H and S)

Philosophy (H and S)

Second Language B

Global Politics (H and S)*



A second language can also be taken, although one must be Beginners (ab initio) Spanish or Italian. This is NOT an option with H Maths.


*Which Maths course should I choose?

Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches – best for students interested in pure maths, engineering, science, economics. Emphasis on calculus.

Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation – focus on statistics and technology; best for social scientists, and some economists. Standard Level will be similar to ‘old’ Maths Studies. This course would be suitable for Medicine applicants.


Please note: while we expect to run most if not all of the subjects listed, a minimum number of applicants per subject is required to ensure viability. This impacts most in Group 6, due to the range of options offered.

What experiences will I get?

Residential language exchanges and/or opportunities for work experience abroad will be offered during the course, as well as an away day introducing Theory of Knowledge and CAS. There will also be opportunities to take part in enrichment in all subjects, for instance through field trips, theatre/cinema outings and other excursions.

What are the entry requirements?

You need the equivalent of at least six GCSEs at grade 6, plus GCSE English and maths at grade 6 or above. For certain subjects (especially higher level) you will need higher grades, for instance a minimum GCSE grade of 7 for higher level languages or sciences. If you want to study a language that you have not studied before, you can follow the language for beginners (ab initio) course without a GCSE in that language, but experience of language learning is required.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses, although IB students may access cross-College enrichment such as Debating, MUN, REACH academy and Sports Academy.

What facilities are there?

You will have access to learning centres and to extensive electronic support materials including online films and videos, and IB online materials via Smartbacc. There are cafes and restaurants on all college sites and a gym in Victoria Yard that is open to students.

What can the course lead on to?

The course is recognised and welcomed by all universities in Britain and most universities across the world and prepares you for nearly all courses, depending on your choice of subjects. Our current average point score (34), which is above the world average, matches or even surpasses the entry requirements for several Russell group universities including Birmingham and Manchester.

Are there any additional costs?

There are some costs of materials and resources, for an indication of what these might be please click here to view the fees for September 2018.

What do our students think?

The IB means you study a wide range of subjects which keeps you on your toes. I love how the IB is so close knit, you get great one on one with tutors because class sizes are small. We went to France and worked in a primary school teaching them English which was good. There are lots of opportunities after studying the IB and my advice would be to keep on top of your work and if you like a challenge, go for it - it's a great course."


My favourite part of the IB has been the people - we all get on so well. The classes tend to be fairly small so you get to know the people in your class really well, and you get to know the teachers well too so they then understand how you learn, which means you can learn better in classes because they can adapt the way they teach. The reason I did the IB is because I couldn’t narrow down all the things I wanted to study, it keeps you really broad…if I change my mind and decide I don’t want to study physics in future and instead want to do English at university I could. The IB is so broad and employers love it – especially the fact you have English and maths to a higher level.”


Please click here to view a student video.


This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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Exeter College students are celebrating after achieving world-class results for International Baccalaureate (IB) in 2018! Click here to find out more.

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