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.

At each of our schools and colleges, 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 IB Diploma programme:

  1. The Extended Essay – a 4000 word essay on a subject of the students’ choice.

  2. Theory of Knowledge (TOK) – This explores the nature of knowledge across disciplines, encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives.

  3. 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.

For more information on the IB Diploma, visit the International Baccalaureate website.


  • Application forms are now available.
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  • Deadline to apply is by 5Pm (1700 Hrs.) on Wednesday 15th February 2017