The International Baccalaureate Diploma and the International Baccalaureate Career Related Programme are offered as alternatives to A Levels in our thriving Sixth Form.

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 pupils 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.

The IB Diploma

The IB Diploma provides a range of academic choices within a challenging and stimulating curriculum, together with a wide variety of practical activities which invite Creativity, Activity and Service.

IB pupils choose from six subject groups in addition to the Core components of the Diploma. 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) are:

  • 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 pupil.
  • 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 pupils to choose another subject from Groups 2 to 4, i.e. another humanity or science subject.


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

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) 

The purpose of TOK is to show pupils the relationships between different areas of knowledge. It encourages pupils 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 pupils to practise their writing skills. It also allows them to experience the satisfaction of intellectual endeavour and challenge.

Creativity, Activity & Service (CAS) 

Every IB pupil has to complete a programme of activities which come under the heading of Creativity, Activity and Service. This project takes place either inside or outside school life, and is spread over the five-term programme.

The project challenges pupils to show initiative, demonstrate perseverance, and develop skills such as collaboration and problem solving.

The IB Career Related Programme

The IBCP is a post-16 qualification which incorporates the values of the IB into a unique programme addressing the needs of pupils engaged in career-related education. The programme leads to Further/Higher Education, apprenticeships or employment.

Pupils undertake academic study through IB Diploma programme subjects, accredited career-related learning, and through the IBCP Core ‘learn how to learn’. The course also includes a substantial amount of work experience in a career-related place of work.

IBCP pupils will be full members of the Sixth Form and enjoy the benefits of life at Warminster School. IBCP pupils will be in the same Diploma Programme classes as IBDP pupils, promoting collaboration and the sharing of ideas.

The IBCP is increasingly well-regarded by universities. Getting a top level in the career-related study or an IB Higher Level subject is equivalent to getting an A* at A Level, while the IBCP Core also provides UCAS points. The IBCP provides the required mixture of academic, personal and career-related development to prepare pupils for a fast-paced, ever-changing world which values work experience more than ever.