A rewarding holistic programme for confidence and independence
The International Baccalaureate Diploma
The International Baccalaureate is the best pre-university course available to students today. Its broad, coherent, and holistic approach to education provides students with a global outlook while developing core skills and new ideas, which prepare them for the challenges of the 21st century.
The IB focuses on developing critical thinking skills, independence, and self-motivation. It prepares students to succeed in a world where facts and fiction merge in the news and where asking the right questions is vital. It provides a fully rounded education involving a strong ethos of community service and broad co-curricular involvement as part of the overall diploma.
Why choose the IB Diploma?
The IB is well established and offers a rich and deeply rewarding learning experience for students. It is recognised by all universities in the UK and USA and numerous surveys support the claim that it provides outstanding, and often better preparation for university and life thereafter.
In 2016, the Higher Education Statistics Agency compared students entering UK universities who studied the IB with those who studied more traditional A levels. They found that students who take the IB have a greater likelihood of attending top universities, achieving a first or upper second-class degree and to go on to further study. The median salary of a student who studied the IB and who went on to hold a degree in Mathematical Sciences is substantially higher than A level students who graduate with the same degree.
Of the following six courses, students must study three subjects at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. Full details of the courses and selection process can be found in our IB Handbook.
Elements of the IB Diploma
The IB Diploma is a holistic qualification that on top of academic achievement, encapsulates broader human development across personal, social and interpersonal skills, to produce well-rounded citizens of the world. There are three mandatory elements within the Diploma that directly address the development of these areas, which students will find both challenging and enjoyable.
Creativity, action, service
Creativity, action, service (CAS) sees students pursue a range of activities that complement their academic studies. Creativity encourages students to engage in creative thinking and the arts. Action utilises physical activity to help students develop health lifestyles, and service focuses on a voluntary community exchange that has a learning benefit for students.
The programme develops students’ initiative, perseverance, problem solving and decision-making skills. This is the time when students feel their creative, community, health and sports pursuits are supported, and that those interests are really nurtured.
Theory of knowledge
Theory of knowledge (TOK) aims to give students a deep understanding of their own learning, and encourages them to think about learning and its relevance. TOK is assessed through coursework, and is based on discussion. It promises a fun and lively process through which students engage in their learning.
The extended easy is a significant piece of work that prepares students for the breadth and depth of university study. By undertaking the extended essay in Sixth Form, students have the added advantage of having access to personal tutors who are there to guide their hand through the process.
The extended essay gives students a choice – either to use the essay as a specialism in their Higher Level subjects, or as a way to maintain breadth across their subjects and interests outside of their Higher Level studies. It is a 4,000 word paper written over 6-8 months on a topic relating to one of the student’s diploma subjects, or as a world studies essay that reflects on a topic of global significance.
Fulham Sixth Form students are in a prime position to use London as an extension of their classroom. Students have access to a range of fantastic libraries including Imperial College London, University College London and the British Library. Students are encouraged to visit these libraries as part of their research, to begin emulating the experience of undertaking undergraduate research.
How are DP students assessed?
Students are assessed on each individual course through a combination of exams at the end of their two years, as well as on internally assessed project-based modules. Courses are graded between 1 and 7 points, and the theory of knowledge and extended essay provide a potential additional 3 points. 45 points is the gold standard score for the IB Diploma.
We are excited to introduce a new Sixth Form to Fulham School and to be able to offer the IB curriculum to our students. The IB undoubtedly gives students unrivalled preparation for university and the future job market by creating a more desirable candidate profile across a broad range of industries.
Fulham School is part of the Inspired Group, a world leader in providing the IB Diploma. We are confident that we will prepare our students for life and will draw on best practices from the Inspired network to ensure we continually strengthen our own offering.
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