International Baccalaureate - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This challenging and exciting two year course is an internationally recognised alternative to A Levels and provides a Level 3 qualification that is accepted and highly regarded by universities and employers worldwide.

You study six subjects, three at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL). HL subjects receive four hours tuition per week and SL subjects are taught in 2.5 hours per week. Subjects are chosen from six groups, along with a Core Programme of Theory of Knowledge, an Extended Essay and Creativity, Action, Service.

You study six subjects from the following groups:

Group 1: English (compulsory)

Group 2: Languages (choose one)

Group 3: Humanities (choose one)

Group 4: Sciences (choose one or two)

Group 5: Mathematics (compulsory)

Group 6: The Arts (alternatively, chemistry or a second languagemay be studied in this group)

The Core
All students study The Core which is made up of three separate components:

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through written and practical examinations, projects, group work, presentations and analysis.

The International Baccalaureate is graded using a points system out of 45. Three points are available for the Core and seven points for each subject at HL or SL, leading to a total score out of 45 points. UK universities give offers on the basis of points out of 45.

Collectively, in 2020 BTC students achieved an average score of 36.4 points, placing them above the global average of 29.9 according to TES. Furthermore, over half the cohort achieved 38 or above, and three students gained very high scores of 39 points.

Progression Options

This course serves as an ideal preparation for university study and provides skills that are relevant to most careers.


Course Summary

Course Title International Baccalaureate
Entry Requirements

You need at least six GCSEs in the 9 to 5 range and the motivation to
studying a variety of subjects. As a recommendation, it is advantageous to gain
a 6 in subjects you have studied at school and wish to

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I really enjoy studying here. My lessons have a friendly atmosphere and the tutors push me to be the best I can be. Studying here has allowed me to gain the qualifications I need to go on to a degree!

Myles Fisher

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