International Baccalaureate

Why study the International Baccalaureate?

Eltham Hill School is the only school in the Royal Borough of Greenwich to be authorised to offer IB courses.

The IB Diploma Programme, for students aged 16 to 19, is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education that prepares students for success at university and in life beyond.

IB students are internationally aware citizens, with open minds and open hearts. Students are taught to think for themselves and to drive the learning process.

All IB students learn a second language, together with the skills to live and work with others both locally and internationally. But this international perspective is not gained at the expense of their own language or culture. Indeed, we believe that the only way to appreciate another language or culture is to be confident first with your own.

Results are important on the IB, but the best results are attained by allowing students to develop their learning and to engage in the Curriculum. IB students are at the centre of our programmes.

Most of all, we see education as a way of life and living. The IB is about creating a community of learners and improving professionalism within that community. We want the IB culture to spread throughout the school, encouraging the independent, caring, nurturing, altruistic qualities found in the very best students at Eltham Hill.

Contents of the Course

The IB represents a broad, balanced and rigorous curriculum and the emphasis on academic study, combined with community service and extra-curricular activities, complements the school’s philosophy and ethos. Diploma Programme students study six subjects (three at standard level and three at higher level) over two years and complete three additional requirements: the theory of knowledge (TOK), the extended essay and at least 150 hours of CAS—creativity, activity and service tasks outside of the classroom. In addition to these requirements, students must earn a minimum of 24 points out of a possible 45 points on the final assessments which are externally marked and moderated by the IB, in order to receive an IB diploma.

The IB course outline at Eltham Hill:

Group 1 – Language (English Literature)

Group 2 – Second Language (French, German or Spanish)

Group 3 – Individuals and societies (History, Psychology, Geography, ITGS, Economics, World Religions or Global Politics)

Group 4 – Experimental Sciences (Biology, Physics or Chemistry)

Group 5 – Maths (Mathematics or Mathematics Studies)

Group 6 – The Arts (Theatre Studies, Visual Arts or an Additional Subject from Group 2-4)

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Core

Core requirements for this course:

  • An ability to work independently on longer assignments/projects
  • An enjoyment of tasks that involve high challenge and creativity
  • An ability to research topics in depth
  • An enthusiasm for exploring, evaluating and questioning
  • A minimum of 8 GCSE A*- B including English and Maths (A*/A/B for Higher Level elements and B/C for Standard Level)


There are a maximum of 7 points awarded for each of the six study groups and up to three bonus points for the EE and the TOK. All the core requirements must be met for a Diploma Pass. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is accepted by all universities. Please refer to for further details about the comparison between GCE (A Level) and IB qualifications.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do colleges and universities view the IB Diploma Programme?

The DP is internationally recognized as representing one of the highest standards in university preparatory education.

What kind of student is a good candidate for the IB Diploma Programme?

The DP is a rigorous course of study for motivated students. That said, prior academic success is less an indicator of ability to earn the diploma than are a student’s determination to do his or her best, willingness to be organized in order to complete the work while leading a full, balanced life, and a strong commitment to learning in and beyond the classroom.

Do IB Diploma Programme students have time for anything beyond academics?

Absolutely. Most successful Diploma Programme students lead very full lives. They are often members of athletic teams and involved in a wide range of activities. Time management and organization are key skills the IB develops in students.

Apply Online

International Baccalaureate Application Form 

More Information

IBDP Booklet

For more information please email our IB Co-ordinator Rebecca Crean, to arrange a visit to discuss the IB at Eltham Hill School.