The IB Programme
The International Baccalaureate Diploma programme* is a two year course which students may consider as an excellent alternative to A Levels. It will be attractive to students who have enjoyed studying a range of subjects at GCSE and want to continue doing so at an advanced level.
The International Baccalaureate diploma is an internationally recognised university entry qualification which is offered in more than 140 countries throughout the world. It is fully recognised by all UK universities. There is an increasing number of providers in Great Britain and Truro College is the only college to offer this programme in Cornwall. The IB programme at Truro College is one of the biggest and most successful in the UK.
Students study three subjects at Higher Level (H) and three subjects at Standard Level (S). The entry requirements are the same as GCE A Level: at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including grade A or B in subjects appropriate to Higher Level options. Most International Baccalaureate students will have achieved good GCSE grades in a large number of subjects.
Candidates will also follow a Theory of Knowledge course which stimulates critical reflection on the knowledge and experience gained inside and outside College. Students will undertake original research to investigate a topic of special interest and present findings in an extended essay. All students are involved in Creativity, Action and Service-based projects.
The introduction of Environmental Systems and Societies, a transdisciplinary subject covering Group 3 and Group 4, offers greater flexibility of option choices. It is now possible to opt for up to 3 subjects in Groups 2, 3 & 4.