Preparatory IB course

• prepare for the IB Diploma

• start in September, January or April

• England’s 1st IB World School

• highly experienced IB teachers

Our Pre-IB course is designed to develop your study skills and enhance your subject knowledge in the IB subject areas

Age: 15-16 years old
Start date: September, January or April
Length: 1, 2 or 3 terms (or 2 academic years if you take the iGCSE)
Class: Maximum 15 students
Lessons: 30 hours of classroom lessons Monday to Friday
Lesson length: 55 minutes
Annual fees: Day students: £19,878  Residential students: £41,375
Term dates: 2019-2020
Brochure:  Pre-IB brochure

Our Pre-IB programme provides quality academic teaching to support your progression to the IB Diploma

Subject choices: Our Pre-IB course enriches your subject knowledge in the key areas covered in the IB Diploma including English Literature, English Language, Maths, Arts, Humanities and Science

Flexible progression options: If you successfully complete our Pre-IB course, you can choose to progress to our IB Diploma

Internationally recognised qualification: We have just launched a new IGCSE in English and Maths, which enables you to complete our Pre-IB course and gain an international qualification

Quality teaching: We have offered the IB Diploma for over 40 years. Our Pre-IB course is taught by specialist teaching staff who deliver our IB Diploma; many of whom are IB examiners

England’s first IB World School: Our experience reflects our academic resources, including well-equipped science laboratories and modern teaching spaces to inspire learning

Flexible start dates: You can start our Pre-IB course in September, January or April

Pre-IB methodology: A key aspect of our Pre-IB course is the emphasis on skills development and establishing a globally-minded outlook. This links in with the qualities and attributes of the IB learner profile which encourages learners to become knowledgeable, open minded, inquirers, thinkers, communicators, principled, risk-takers, reflective, balanced and caring

Discover new experiences: Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) promotes the opportunity to have fun and develop skills through new experiences. Create your own CAS programme from over 50 experiences a week.Please note that Service is not a compulsory element, instead you can choose between two Creativity and one Activity, or two Activity and one Creativity element.

More than studying: As well as our CAS programme, our academic provision includes sports and social activities at the college

Maximum classes of 15 students: Small class sizes of 15 students provides quality academic support

Pastoral support: We have a strong pastoral provision to support your wellbeing during your studies

Thriving multicultural city: The academic resources in Oxford, make it an inspiring place to study.

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IGCSE courses in Maths and English which can be taken as part of your Pre-IB course

The IGCSE adds to the scope and quality of our Pre-IB provision. The key benefits include:

  • Excellent preparation for the IB Diploma: if you are selected to take the iGCSE in Maths, you will gain a recognised qualification in Maths whilst also being completely equipped for our two new IB Maths courses – “Analysis and Approaches” and “Applications and Interpretation”
  • Complements progression to the IB Diploma: if you are selected to take the iGCSE in English, you will gain a specialist award in English either as a native or non-native speaker which will allow you to be fully prepared for either our Group 1 or Group 2 English course offering at IB level
  • Dedicated support: with small-class teaching and expert tuition you will build your mathematical and linguistic skills in a supportive academic environment
  • Flexible course options: the majority of students will be able to access one of our IGCSE English courses. More able mathematicians will also be able to access our IGCSE Maths course.
  • Quality teaching: we have established a reputation for teaching excellence for over 60 years
  • Intensive study: You can complete the IGCSE qualification in just one year. Our next cohort starts in September 2019
  • Renowned awarding body: Our awarding body is Cambridge Assessment, which is a well-known quality provider of the IGCSE
  • Benefits future career aspirations: A specialist qualification in Maths and English can complement your university application, support professional development and strengthen your career prospects, as the IGCSE is recognised by employers worldwide.

Subject options 


 Compulsory subjects:

  • The core subjects are English and Maths. All students take 4 hours of mathematics a week, 2 hours of World Literature and 8 hours of English (IB groups 1, 2 & 5). English and Maths classes are arranged by ability so that you receive the right level of support. Students taking the Maths IGCSE will have an additional 2 hours of weekly mathematics tuition.

Optional subjects:

  • You will select 3 of each per semester (in subject groups 1 to 6). We offer 4 Humanities subjects, 4 Sciences and 4 Arts subjects (groups 3, 4 & 6).

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Contact the Department

We always encourage students and parents to visit the college so they can get a much better idea of our classes, teachers, accommodation, campus and what it is like to be a student here. Visits can be arranged at any time. We also host two Open Mornings per year and one Information Evening.
Chris or Olivia
+44 1865 517304
Office hours: Monday-Friday 0900-1700 GMT

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