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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.

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