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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 IGCSE classes. The IGCSE 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.

Faced with the difficult choice of our daughters remaining at a perfectly good state school in the Isle of Man, we chose to send them to King William’s College to study the International Baccalaureate. The outcome in both cases was a resounding endorsement of our decision, since King William’s College operates and delivers at a different level.

Past Parent of two 6th Form Students