Education Explained: The International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate is taught the world over and is growing in popularity across the ever-expanding number of international schools across the globe.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) has grown from its beginnings as a single international diploma to today’s offering of a programme of education spanning from early years right through to further education.

What is the International Baccalaureate?

In 1968, the IB programme sought to create a diploma that would be recognised by universities around the world. Today, it seeks to provide learning over a very broad base of disciplines, inspiring creative thought and an ability to relate learning to experiences outside the classroom, preparing students for further learning and a future career.

Who can study the International Baccalaureate?

An IB education caters for pupils from the ages of three to 19, and focuses on each student as a whole person, which means that IB programmes address not only children’s intellectual development but also their social, emotional and physical progress.

The IB has proved itself to be the success story in secondary education over the past 30 years, and it is now recognised as an entrance qualification to universities in more than 140 countries.

It also offers three other programmes, which are often overlooked: the Primary Years Programme, the Middle Years Programme, and, more recently, the Career-related Programme.