International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate (IB) has been available in the Sixth Form at Malvern since 1992. It is now followed by approximately 2,300 schools worldwide, and every year this number increases. It is a recognised route to all of the world’s top universities.

Malvern was one of the very first UK schools to take on the IB as an alternative to A levels. Having previously established the groundwork for Nuffield Science and the use of Language Laboratories, this continues a long tradition at Malvern of being an innovator in education. Malvern’s commitment to the all-round education led to its adoption of ‘ingenuity tests’ in the 1950s, which so caught the attention of the outside world that Malvern was a natural candidate to be one of the pilot schools for the newly formed Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

IB General regulations (PDF)

Malvern has an enviable reputation of being one of the best and most established IB schools in the country. Large numbers of pupils now study the IB throughout the world yet Malvern comfortably beats the world average in all subject areas. Malvern’s IB graduates consistently average over 36 points and has averaged over 25 pupils with scores of 40 points or more in the last six years (38 points normally being considered as the minimum Oxbridge entry requirements).

Malvern offers a wide range of subjects and is one of very few schools in the world to be able to offer the Further Mathematics course (the most demanding of all IB courses). Additional courses added recently include, Sport and Education Science (piloted at Malvern), Design & Technology, Philosophy and Environmental Systems and Societies. Our continuing commitment to breadth is demonstrated by the fact that we offer all three of the Visual Arts.

The IB is much more than simply a route to university. The IB ethos is to educate thewholeperson and provide the necessary skills to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

To this end:

  • All pupils must choose a wide range of subjects including a foreign language, Maths, Science and one of the humanities.
  • In all subject areas pupils are encouraged to develop communication skills (for example, in English they need to make an oral presentation, in Maths they must write an essay on a Mathematical topic that interests them).
  • There is an emphasis on independent learning – doing rather than just listening.
  • Links are made between subjects – for example you could be studying the literature of a developing country in English, whilst at the same time looking at the factors that are helping it to develop in Economics.
  • The Theory of Knowledge course seeks to promote in a pupil a questioning attitude to each of their subjects. It develops the skills to enable them to test the validity of arguments and the strength of evidence.
  • Each pupil does an Extended Essay, a 4,000 word research paper on a topic of the pupil's choosing.
  • The Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) component ensures pupils are learning experientially, developing skills in entirely new areas; building their strengths whilst at the same time discovering new talents.

For more information on the subject choices available at Malvern please see theA level and IB Bookletand for frequently asked questions please view the IB Information Booklet below.

Stephen Holroyd, IB Co-ordinator