International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate is fast becoming the most popular option for students. Jess sixth-formers Sarah Walling and Pooja Beri tell Time Out why

Interview, The Knowledge

What exactly is the International Baccalaureate?
The IB comprises six subjects, plus a core programme encompassing theory of knowledge, creativity, action and service and the extended essay. We are currently nearing the end of our IB year one and think it’s safe to say that it has definitely surpassed our expectations.

Does it put you in good stead for university?
Achieving success in the IB diploma programme means that you are a vastly independent and resourceful student who is both focused and determined to succeed. Universities are exceptionally keen on IB students as we promise a level of maturity that is uncommon to others. However, to achieve this level of appreciation you must really be prepared to work hard.

What are the other advantages of the IB?
The best part about studying the IB at Jess is that the teachers here are willing to let you make your own mistakes; yet, if you ever falter, they provide you with an exceptionally strong support system. Here, each and every teacher is attuned to your strengths and weaknesses and the programme seems almost moulded to suit you individually.

Is the course difficult?
People often hear rumours about the IB being a course that overworks students. You can quote us on this: it is not. Unlike most courses around the world, the International Baccalaureate is not out to get you. No, the programme is designed to help you explore your inner strengths and make the most of them. By doing six subjects you give universities a chance to see a breadth of your academic abilities. The IB has become prominent as a programme that brings out the best in a student.

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