The International Baccalaureate Diploma is offered as an alternative to A Levels in our thriving Sixth Form. The Diploma provides a range of academic choices within a challenging and stimulating curriculum, together with a wide variety of practical activities which invite creativity, action and service.

The IB programme epitomises the holistic approach to education for which Warminster School is well known. Our pupils from overseas add an authentic 'international' dimension to lessons. A typical cohort opting for the IB will include a number of students from the UK, many from Europe (Germany, Italy and Russia) and others from further afield (Thailand and the USA). Cultural understanding and global awareness are key to the IB, and are particularly well suited to the values of the School as a whole.

IB pupils choose from six subject groups in addition to the core components of the diploma described under The Core below. Three of the subjects are taken at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. The subjects are studied over 2 years (5 terms).

The Groups (see prospectus for current subject groups and availability)

  • Group 1 Studies in Language and Literature. These studies can be in your native language or in English.
  • Group 2 Language Acquisition. This is the study of a second language such as Spanish for an English-speaking student.
  • Group 3 Individuals and Societies. This covers the Humanities.
  • Group 4 Science
  • Group 5 Mathematics
  • Group 6 The Arts. This group also offers an elective which allows students to choose another subject from Groups 2 to 4, ie another humanity or science subject.

The Core

At the centre of the Diploma Programme is the Core, which embodies the spirit of the IB:

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) 

This is a sequence of study required for all IB students. The purpose of this is to show them the relationships between different areas of knowledge and encourages students to analyse and consider the cultural, social and moral components of knowledge.

Extended Essay

This can be a piece of academic research taken from any one of the subjects. It builds on the research skills gained at Sixth Form level and enables students to practise their writing skills. It also allows them to experience the satisfaction of intellectual endeavour and challenge.

Creativity, Action & Service (CAS) Every IB student has to complete 150 hours in activities which come under the heading of Creativity, Action and Service. This can take place either inside or outside school life, and is spread over the five-term programme.