UWC schools follow the rigorous International Baccalaureate programmes as the curriculum framework of choice. The international Baccalaureate provides a challenging, internationally focused, broad and balanced educational experience for students aged 16-19. A significant majority of students at UWC take the full IB Diploma. This requires students to study six subjects, (three at higher level and three at standard level), selected from six groups and a curriculum core concurrently during their two IB Diploma Programme years.

IB mission statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

IB Diploma Programme Subject Groups

The DP curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay. Through the DP core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service.

The Core

In addition, IB Diploma Programme students will be required to take the three required components of the DP core. The DP core  aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills. The three core elements are:

Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.

The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.

Creativity, activity, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.

Find out more about the International Baccalaureate programmes

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature

Group 2: Language Acquisition

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

Business Management, Economics, History, Geography, Global Politics, Social and Cultural Anthropology and Psychology

Group 4: Experimental Sciences

Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Systems and Societies, Physics, Sports, Exercise & Health Science and Computer Science

Group 5: Mathematics

Mathematical Studies, Mathematics Standard Level, Mathematics Higher Level and Further Mathematics HL

Group 6: The Arts

Dance, Film, Music, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts