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Sixth Form

All students in the Sixth Form study for the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

King William's College introduced the IB back in 2002 and we are now one of the largest and most experienced IB schools in the British Isles.

By only offering the IB in the Sixth Form, as opposed to a choice of qualifications, we have a large number of students studying the Diploma compared to most other schools, and we are able to offer a wide range of subjects and subject combinations. Our results our consistently strong and each year 6-10 students achieve 40 points or more, which attracts more UCAS points than 4A*s at A level.

What is the IB?

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is a rigorous and highly regarded course that provides an excellent preparation for university admission and the world beyond. Students are exposed to the two great traditions of learning: the Humanities and the Sciences. As an educational package, it uniquely blends breadth and depth of knowledge, thus allowing a student to pursue areas of personal interest whilst meeting specific requirements for university entrance.

How does it work?

Students choose six subjects, normally three at Higher Level and three at Standard Level, that must include their first language, a second modern language, a Science, a Social Science and Mathematics. In addition, pupils write an Extended Essay (a research assignment of 4,000 words), follow a course in the Theory of Knowledge (practical philosophy) and spend the equivalent of one half day a week on some form of creative, aesthetic activity or active community service. Because there are nine components in the Diploma, IB students learn how to organise themselves and to think independently and they become life-long learners.

For more information please download 'A Guide to the Sixth Form and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme' via the link 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