Welcome to the International Baccalaureate at The North London Collegiate School
This page is designed to contain useful information about the International Baccalaureate for students considering the programme for their Sixth Form study at the North London Collegiate School.
For any further advice or information, feel free to contact the Director of the IB, Madeleine Copin, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presentation from the Year 11 Curriculum Evening
What it involves: basic information
Students select 6 subjects, of which 3 are studied at Higher Level, and the remainder at Standard Level. Each student must also fulfil 3 further requirements:
Why the International Baccalaureate?
The International Baccalaureate Diploma is an educational philosophy, rather than merely a means of gaining qualifications in specific subjects. Underpinning the diploma is the development of intercultural understanding and respect amongst its students alongside an approach to education that sees it as something that will continue throughout one’s adulthood rather than something that is limited to one’s schooling. Students are invited to consider the ways in which knowledge is something we should question rather than acquiesce to.
Whilst the IB was not founded until 1968, the thinking behind it has its origins in the attempts at peace and reconciliation that gave rise to the League of Nations after the First World War and the United Nations after the Second. Hence, a global and outward-looking perspective is fundamental to the approach students take to the IB in general and also to their specific subjects. The Theory of Knowledge course and the Creativity, Action & Service programme are key to this philosophical grounding and there is, in general, an exchange and dialogue that is ongoing between subjects.
To foster this outward-looking, compassionate and tolerant approach to education, all IB students study 6 subjects; however, the programme also ensures that students become experts in their chosen fields as three of the six subjects are studied at a Higher Level (which is equivalent to an A Level or Pre-U qualification) whilst the other three are studied at Standard (or supplementary) Level. Alongside this, students also do an Extended Essay in a chosen field, allowing them to pursue their passion and interest and further their expertise in a specific topic within any of their subjects.