Curriculum

The International Baccalaureate
All UWC schools and colleges teach the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.
The IB Diploma is one of the most well regarded and widely known secondary school qualifications in the world and is recognised by the world’s leading universities. UWC helped establish the IB Diploma in the 1960s and is committed to ensuring its relevance through the introduction of new school based syllabi at UWC schools and colleges.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is a rigorous and internationally respected qualification which forms the core curriculum of our pre-university programme. Students from 50 to 100 different nationalities are represented at each UWC college, not to mention different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds, giving students a remarkable opportunity to learn about diversity for themselves.
Students study six subjects, three at higher level and three at standard level. Subjects are divided into groups and students choose one subject from each group. The groups are: First Language, Second Language, Individuals and Societies, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Experimental Sciences and Arts.
There are also three core parts of the Diploma, central to the philosophy of the programme:

  • The Extended Essay – a 4000 word essay on a subject of the students’ choice
  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK) – This explores the nature of knowledge across disciplines, encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives.
  • Creativity, action, service (CAS) – Involvement in artistic pursuits, physical activity and community service. At UWC, community service is a highly valued part of education and CAS activities go far beyond the requirements of the IB Diploma.

The IB Diploma Programme prepares students for university and encourages them to:

  • ask challenging questions.
  • learn how to learn.
  • develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture.
  • develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.

For more information on the IB Diploma, visit the International Baccalaureate website. For more information about the subjects taught at specific a UWC school or college please visit athe individual school or college page.