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Pre-IB Programme

The aim of the Pre-IB programme is to provide pupils with the language skills and academic foundations to make a success of the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Pupils successfully completing the year will be automatically offered a place to study the IB in the King William's College Sixth Form.


Pre-IB pupils will become members of the Fifth Form. Fifth Form uniform will apply.


Pre-IB pupils will join the Upper Fifth tutor groups to help aid integration. A 'buddy system' is in place.


The Head of Overseas Pupils has responsibility for the Pre-IB programme. They will oversee the choice of subjects, monitor academic progress and provide appropriate language support.


All Pre-IB students study the IGCSE First Language and the IGCSE First Language English courses, which are specifically designed for them. The Pre-IB students also join existing (I)GCSE classes. The (I)GCSE course is a two-year course which the Pre- IB students join in its second year.

In addition to English and their native language, the Pre-IB students join the Mathematics and Science classes. The Sciences are taught separately (Biology, Chemistry and Physics); due to the specific linguistic challenges of these courses we would expect the Pre-IB students to take only one or two instead of all three Sciences.

Pupils then choose three additional subjects from a wide choice of options such as Business Studies, Geography, History, Photography, Music, Latin, Spanish and Physical Education.


Pre-IB pupils are expected to become actively involved in all aspects of King William's College life. Their behaviour and conduct should be of the highest standard at all times.

For further information please download our handbook below.

Our son has been at King William’s College for two years and has settled in very well with the full support of the boarding staff and teachers, who have demonstrated great kindness and caring. The highly disciplined, but dynamic education system has helped our 15 year old son to adapt well and his confidence has noticeably improved in a short space of time. What's especially pleasing is that not only does the College have an excellent calibre of teaching staff and a strong academic curriculum, but we have been surprised and delighted to discover their excellent music achievements! With such great experience, our second son will also join KWC starting at Lower 5, to have a well rounded education. We cannot be more pleased with our decision to send our sons here all the way from Hong Kong!

M5 Overseas Parent