Throughout the UK the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IPD) is being offered to young people who would like to study a range of subjects in detail from an academic perspective.
The course is an internationally recognised qualification, and offers the chance to study subjects such as science, maths, geography, languages and the arts. Upon completion of the IBD you will receive a single qualification rather than one for each of the subjects. However, if you do not pass one of them you will be offered an certificate in each individual subject.
The IBD is being offered to students aged 16-19 in a growing number of schools and colleges throughout the UK. You are able to study the course in three different languages – English, Spanish or French – and it will actively encourage you to understand other cultures to your own and how to communicate effectively with other people.
Students on the IBD will study a compulsory “core”, whilst also studying a further six subjects that they have some control over.
Assessment of the IBD is carried out through examinations and coursework. The course takes two years to complete and the examination period is in May and November each academic year.
Completion of the IBD will meet the entry requirements of many higher education courses, and most students go on to study at university. However, you could use the IBD as a route into employment or further training in other areas.