Experts in offering the A Level programme of study, now we prepare to add the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma to our academic offer as of September 2020.

What is the International Baccalaureate?

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Progamme (IB) is an academically enriching two year Sixth Form qualification. The strength of the IB programme lies in its holistic structure.

Founded in 1968, the IB (much like A Levels) provides access to universities internationally. The IB is accepted worldwide for access to leading universities, including the Ivy League in the USA, Oxford, Cambridge and the Russell Group of universities in the UK, and universities in Spain.

As well as requiring academic rigour in the six subjects studied across Mathematics, Sciences, Languages and the Humanities, the IB core components ensure that all pupils have a broad education allowing them to develop their creative and critical thinking abilities and their research skills.

Choosing the right Path for the individual student

Ensuring that the student chooses the most appropriate and tailored programme of study is essential in order to ensure that he or she can achieve the best results possible and of course to ensure that it matches with their future university and career ambitions.

At King’s College we are experts in helping our pupils to choose the path that is right for them – ensuring they achieve academic success.

What are the differences?

International Baccalaureate

A Level

Academic breadth – choice of 6 subjects (Higher and Standard level)

Wide choice of A Level subjects from which to choose. 

Academic depth of learning – 3 Higher level and 3 Standard level subjects

Opportunity to specialise in 3 A Levels

Continue to study languages, science and mathematics

Choose to focus on humanities, science or languages

Collaborative working built in to the Diploma

Collaborative working through A Levels and extracurricular activities

Focus on creative and critical thinking skills

Focus on mastery of specialist subject skills

Specialist IB trained staff

Specialist A Level trained staff

Research skills developed through the IB extended essay

Research skills developed through the optional extended project qualification

IB Creativity, Action & Service programme

Opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities

Theory of Knowledge impacts every programme

Detailed focus on individual subjects

All exams in May of year 13

All exams in May and June of year 13

Results released July 15th

Results released in the third week of August

Internationally recognised for university access

Internationally recognised for university access

Recognised for Spanish university access

Recognised for Spanish university access

International Baccalaureate

Academic breadth – choice of 6 subjects (Higher and Standard level)

Academic depth of learning – 3 Higher level and 3 Standard level subjects

Continue to study languages, science and mathematics

Collaborative working built in to the Diploma

Focus on creative and critical thinking skills

Specialist IB trained staff

Research skills developed through the IB extended essay

IB Creativity, Action & Service programme

Theory of Knowledge impacts every programme

All exams in May of year 13

Results released July 15th

Internationally recognised for university access

Recognised for Spanish university access

A Level

Wide choice of A Level subjects from which to choose. 

Opportunity to specialise in 3 A Levels

Choose to focus on humanities, science or languages

Collaborative working through A Levels and extracurricular activities

Focus on mastery of specialist subject skills

Specialist A Level trained staff

Research skills developed through the optional extended project qualification

Opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities

Detailed focus on individual subjects

All exams in May and June of year 13

Results released in the third week of August

Internationally recognised for university access

Recognised for Spanish university access

“The IB Diploma opens a new path to our students in King’s, who will now have the choice on how they prefer to access elite universities worldwide”

Gemma Fanning
King’s College IB Coordinator

What are the IB Core Concepts?

Uniquely amongst educational systems the IB Core Progamme focuses on developing the whole person, building academic skills, communication and team working abilities, and a dedicated commitment to the global and local community through the service element of the Diploma.

There are three parts in the core programme: Theory of Knowledge (ToK), Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) and the Extended Essay (EE).

ToK invites students to examine the way we learn and the nature of what counts as knowledge in different knowledge and value systems. Pupils study the different types of knowledge, such as mathematical, scientific, cultural, historical or artistic and the different ways of knowing, such as perception, emotion, or reason.

The course is assessed by an essay and presentation in year 2 of the Diploma Programme.

CAS is lies at the heart of the IB programme and focuses on pupil’s life outside the classroom. Pupils undertake a new activity, engage in voluntary service and support activities in the community that develop them as a person.

CAS might include performing in a drama production for the first time in their life, learning a new skill, form skiing to sailing, a musical instrument, leading a sport activity or volunteering at a refugee charity or project for the homeless in the local community.

The Extended Essay is a 4,000 word piece of academic research on a topic of the pupil’s own choice.

The Extended Essay enables pupils to investigate a particular academic question of personal interest. The choice of question needs to be focused and academic, but it does not necessarily have to link to the subjects being studied in the IB Diploma.

Our modern School Library is the central resource centre for IB pupils, housing collections of books, magazines, and online resources, catering to the research and reading needs of the pupils and staff.

The Extended Essay is an excellent path to mastering the skills of independent investigation and research so valued by universities, as well as being a helpful aid to discussing ideas if interviewed as part of a UK university application.

Pupils are able to monitor and evaluate their progress through the IB Diploma using the bespoke IB ManageBac platform for IB world schools. ManageBac enables efficient assessment and reporting, and enhances communication to parents and pupils in a secure password-protected system. Pupils receive a login information at the start of the IB Diploma which they may share with their parents.

Why choose your path?

EYFS/Primary Age Students

The personalised child centered Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) programme at King’s College is an ideal foundation for all

King’s pupils. Taught by native British and British trained teachers, a British Primary School education provides the preparation to access IB and A Levels in the Secondary school.

Secondary Age Students

King’s College Madrid will be the only school in the city to offer both the A Level and IB programmes of study simultaneously and in English, with native qualified British teachers. The admissions process is open all year to applicants.  

Overall

Excellent facilities, including a new library and learning centre, sports hall and ten science laboratories.

Focuses on a personalised approach to learning to best suit the individual student.

Classes delivered by highly-skilled qualified, native British teachers.

A proven track record of sending students to the world’s most prestigious universities

“At King’s College we are committed to offering an excellent British education and personalising learning to meet pupil needs. Delivering the IB Diploma at King’s College, alongside continuing to teach A Levels, enables King’s to offer a unique, and unrivalled series of educational options, to maximise the range of educational opportunities available to our Sixth Form pupils”

Matthew Taylor
Headmaster

Download the King’s Group IB brochure here

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Download the King’s Group IB brochure here