The IB at Bryanston
Why choose to study the IB Diploma?
The IB Diploma Programme suits pupils who find the A level subject choice too limiting. It allows pupils to combine breadth with depth in their sixth-form studies and provides an opportunity to explore all aspects of their abilities, both inside and outside the classroom.
Pupils study either a literature course, or literature in combination with linguistics, in their first language, maths, a science subject, a humanities subject and a second language, selecting three subjects at higher level and three at standard level. They also research and write an Extended Essay on a topic of their own choosing and follow a Theory of Knowledge course. The CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) component allows pupils to develop skills and expertise in a range of different areas.
With its broad range of subjects, the IB Diploma helps pupils to see the world from different viewpoints and to develop a greater understanding of the demands they are likely to face at university and in their future career.
Why choose the IB at Bryanston?
Bryanston's academic system is particularly suited to the IB. The school's flexible approach to learning combines a timetable of taught lessons with independent study and one-to-one sessions with subject teachers. It allows pupils to develop their particular interests at a pace that suits their intellectual approach. Teachers are readily available to provide guidance and support, ensuring strength across all subject areas.
Pupils are encouraged to select their own title for the Extended Essay and carry out research, making use of the advice of a subject specialist from across the teaching staff. The Theory of Knowledge is taught through discussion seminars led by a range of different subject teachers, and pupils themselves, to address issues such as ‘how do we know what we know?’ At Bryanston pupils are encouraged to question and not to accept things at face value; through this, they develop the ability to think independently.
Boarding affords the extra time and space to explore an exceptional range of activities on campus, allowing pupils to build their own CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) programme through drama, film, art, charity work, outreach, sport and extra-curricular activities.
Pupils’ personal tutors help them to plan, organise and manage their IB programme and support them through the university application process.