Bedford offers the globally recognised and highly regarded International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma as an alternative to A-Levels.

By requiring the study of six subjects, the IB allows students to achieve depth of knowledge within their specialist areas while preserving breadth; it also recognises the importance of continuing, at some level, the study of the student’s mother tongue, a foreign language, mathematics and science up to the end of formal secondary education.

In addition to this, all IB students follow a course in Theory of Knowledge, write an extended essay on a topic that holds particular interest for them and follow an extra-curricular programme of Creativity, Action and Service. All of these additional components are hugely beneficial for our boys when applying for places at university.

Bedford School has recorded outstanding results in each of the eleven years in which it has presented candidates for the IB Diploma examinations. We believe that it gives our students an edge as they seek a place on particularly competitive university courses and that it is an asset to those who recognise that their future career may include an international dimension.

The subjects we offer within the Diploma programme are shown below; if you require further information, please contact the Director of IB, Mr Adrian Finch, on tel. +44 (0)1234 362200, or email him at ib@bedfordschool.org.uk. You are more than welcome to visit us and see the Diploma Programme in action.

Group 1 – Language A

English Literature HLSL
English Language & LiteratureHLSL

GROUP 2 – Second LANGUAGE

German AHLSL
Mandarin Chinese BSL
French BHLSL
German BHLSL
Spanish BHLSL
LatinHLSL
Mandarin Chinese
N.B. Language options are subject to demand, and some options may not be possible depending on numbers choosing each option.
SL

Group 3 – Individuals and Societies

EconomicsHLSL
GeographyHLSL
HistoryHLSL
PhilosophyHLSL

Group 4 – Experimental Sciences

BiologyHLSL
ChemistryHLSL
PhysicsHLSL
Design Technology HLSL

Group 5 – Mathematics

MathematicsHLSL
Mathematical Studies SL
Mathematical Studies in one year SL

Group 6 – The Arts / Elective

Music**HLSL
Theatre ArtsHLSL
Visual ArtsHLSL
Chemistry (elective)HLSL
Economics (elective)HLSL

For full curriculum information on each subject please refer to our IB Courses Guide.

IB Courses Guide

*Ab initio – means ‘from the start’, no prior knowledge of the language required

**Performance (solo or group) option

Please visit the Director of IB at the school to discuss your particular subject choices.

Whilst the school endeavours to meet the requests of all boys, this is subject to timetabling feasibility and sufficient numbers opting for subjects. We reserve the right to remove subjects subsequently from options blocks and may request boys to alter their options subsequently too.

In preparation for the IB Diploma, we offer a limited number of places in Fifth Form (Year 11) for Pre-IB. Please refer to the booklet below for further details.