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International Baccalaureate Diplomas

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 choose 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.


Business Management explores the context of business and operating systems in place in companies and organisations, also investigating logistics and operations.

Through research and discussion, students will gain an understanding of different cultural perspectives in business, focusing on themes of change, culture, ethics, globalisation, innovation and strategy. This will support their creative practice through understanding commerce and its impact on local and global communities.

Assessment = Two written papers (75%) and one practical research project (25%).


English Literature provides challenging intellectual engagement that will enrich the contextual awareness of students and celebrate society’s creative practices by studying literary texts, poetry and dramatic play-writing from a range of periods.

Texts will be studied looking at themes such as time and place, and how this evokes emotion in film and literature, as well as looking at contemporary adaptations.

Assessment =  Written examinations (70%) and coursework (30%).


This interdisciplinary course combines science and humanities to study some of the most important issues facing humanity and the natural world in the 21st century, giving artists of all kinds the tools to help communicate important information about sustainability and the environment.

Mixing outdoor learning and classroom study, students will explore topics including biodiversity, sustainability, and climate change, investigating how their careers and lifestyles can contribute to sustainable solutions for the future, locally and globally.

Assessment = Two written papers (75%) and one written problem-solving project (25%).


This course focuses on analysing and understanding film as a visual and auditory expression of culture, belief and imagination. As well as studying independent films with a global perspective, students will produce a portfolio of film works that explore their vocational aspirations, as well as producing at least one complete short film.

Students do not need any prior film production skills, just a passion for film and a desire to critically explore it through review, discussion, research and writing.

Assessment = Coursework (100%).


Fostering an exciting engagement with the past, history enables students to develop different perspectives on past events and encourages a deeper understanding of the nature of human society. It involves the study and evaluation of political, economic, social and cultural histories, with students developing skills that are transferable to a range of other disciplines.

The syllabus will include rights and protests; the origins, development and impact of industrialisation (1750 - 2005); and authoritarian states in the 20th century.

Assessment: Coursework (25%) and examinations (75%).


With a focus on solving practical problems, this Mathematics diploma covers topics including numbers and algebra, functions, geometry and trigonometry, statistics and probability, and calculus.

This subject is aimed at students with an interest in fields including design, social sciences, natural sciences, statistics, business, economics, and psychology.

Assessment = Two written papers (80%) and one written problem-solving project (20%).


Psychology is the study of behaviour and mental processes, with roots in natural and social sciences, providing a unique approach to understanding modern society.

Students will develop an idea of what influences individual and group behaviours, developing a greater understanding of themselves and empathy for the feelings and needs of others.

Assessment = Two written papers (75%) and one practical research project (25%).


Students will develop skills, techniques and processes to communicate concepts and ideas, by creating artwork influenced by personal and cultural contexts, becoming informed and critical observers and makers of visual culture and media.

Visual Arts students will cover theoretical practice, including maintaining a written and research-based journal, the creation of a practical portfolio through experimentation and critical thinking, exploring two and three-dimensional forms and lens-based, electronic and screen-based art, plus curatorial practice for exhibition.

Assessment: Coursework (100%).