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International Baccalaureate Diplomas – IB English Literature — Overview

Alongside one of our creative UAL Level 3 Extended Diplomas in Art & Design, equivalent to three A-Levels, all International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) students will also complete two IB Diploma subjects, each broadly equivalent to either an A-Level or AS-Level depending on whether they are studied at Higher or Standard Level.

Students can study two IB Diploma subjects, from English Literature, Film, History, Business Management, Mathematics, Environmental Systems & Societies, Visual Arts, or Psychology. IB Diploma subjects will be taught at Higher or Standard Level.

All IB Diplomas and the Levels that they are taught are subject to demand - for this reason, applicants must list three IB Diplomas on their application, in order of preference.


Through studying a variety of literary forms from a range of periods, this course will provide students with diverse opportunities to explore important cultural ideas, including ideas about self and community; technology and the environment; creativity and imagination; power and justice.

A wide variety of texts will be encountered, including literature-in-translation. From Shakespeare to the lyrics of Kendrick Lamar, our English Literature students will learn how to read critically; develop research and essay writing skills, and deliver oral presentations. Personal reflective responses will underpin the whole course through a Learner Portfolio.

Assessment = Oral Presentation = 30% SL/ 20% HL; Paper 1 Guided Literary Analysis = 35% SL/HL; Paper 2 Comparative Essay 35% SL/25% HL; 1200-1500 word Coursework essay (HL only): 20%

Please contact Michelle Lester ( or Camille Dalais Leacher ( for more information about the IB English Literature.


International Baccalaureate World School Status

Plymouth College of Art was awarded International Baccalaureate (IB) World School status in Spring 2019, becoming the first non-private education provider in the South West to offer the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), which will be taught in conjunction with its existing A-Level-equivalent UAL Level 3 Extended Diplomas. From September 2019, 16 to 19-year-olds in the region will have access to this world-class framework of education, combining vocational skills with academic excellence. Applications for the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) are now open.

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit

International Baccalaureate Diplomas – IB English Literature — Modules

International Baccalaureate Diplomas – IB English Literature — Staff

Michelle Lester

Michelle Lester
Curriculum Manager for Academic Studies

Michelle has spent her working life as an English teacher, mainly in FE, teaching A-Level, IB and GCSE English Literature/Language. For the last five years, prior to joining Plymouth College of Art, she coordinated the IB Diploma Programme at Exeter College where she also taught IB English Literature and Theory of Knowledge. 

During this time, Michelle also undertook a Research Masters in the work of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, an 18th century woman who travelled to Turkey where she was the first Westerner to enter the female-only spaces of the harems and bathing-houses. 

Michelle’s literary interests are eclectic but undeniably dominated by issues of gender and representations of the ‘other’. She names her ‘desert island’ writers as Virginia Woolf, William Blake, and Toni Morrison.

Michelle has always taught and thought of Literature as an art form, and particularly enjoys exploring translations, transformations and adaptations from one form to another.

As Curriculum Manager for Academic Studies at Plymouth College of Art, Michelle is responsible for the delivery of English and Maths both as qualifications (GCSE and Functional Skills) and embedded within the Extended Diploma curriculum. She also oversees the delivery of the IB Diploma subjects as part of the new IB Career-Related Pathway (IBCP).

Michelle teaches on our IB English Literature; IBCP Language Development, and delivers embedded English and Maths on Foundation Art and Design.

Camille Dalais Leacher

Camille is trained in writing for the media. Having studied a Masters Degree at Falmouth University College in Professional Writing Camille offers a variety of skills in this area. Amongst many, her scriptwriting, feature writing, critiquing and journalistic styles are to be admired and these excellently reflect in the classroom to the cohort of FE and occasionally HE learners.

She is also a keen musician and frequently supplies students with her knowledge of music’s juxtaposition with moving image.

Camille writes as a journalist in her spare time and currently collaborates with Devon’s Food and Drink Guide.    

Selected Works:

Food and Drink Guides
Teach Calmly
Piano Lessons Plymouth

The staff listed on this programme are correct at the time of writing. Students will be notified if there are any changes to key staff (i.e. Programme Leaders and Lecturers).

International Baccalaureate Diplomas – IB English Literature — Student Work

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