The International Baccalaureate is an internationally recognised qualification of high academic standing. It was originally launched in 1968 and now involves some 80,000 students studying in 125 countries. The IB Diploma is recognised by all UK universities and is highly regarded internationally.
The IB is also highly attractive to employers, because of the variety of skills and attitudes which are fostered during the course of the programme. A range of exciting and challenging courses will be offered that will stretch the most able pupil, but which are well within the grasp of any student at Marlborough if they are prepared to commit to their studies.
The philosophy of the IB emphasises high academic standards. At the heart of the IB Diploma lies the Learner Profile. This sets out the key attributes which the programme seeks to develop. These mirror the College's ambition to develop fully the potential of all its pupils, and to instil a love of learning for its own sake.
Academic excellence is coupled with an emphasis on personal development. The IB supports the philosophy of a rounded education and the development of the whole person, rather than a narrow focus on the academic alone. To achieve this, students are encouraged to reflect upon both their academic subjects and their personal development. Students are required to demonstrate initiative, independence and organisation.
Pupils study six subjects: three subjects are studied at higher level and three at Standard level. This allows pupils to gain a greater depth of knowledge in those subjects which particularly interest them, whilst still developing skills in their subsidiary subjects. In choosing their courses, students are required to maintain breadth. A subject must be chosen from Groups 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the hexagon. Group 6 offers the opportunity to study a creative subject (Art, Music or Theatre arts) or to select a second subject fromGroups 2, 3 or 4.