International Baccalaureate (IB)

Charterhouse is an IB World School and offers the IB Diploma Programme. Since its conception in 1968, this highly reputed course of study has promoted international-mindedness as well as intellectual rigour and academic flexibility. It is likely to appeal to pupils who wish to develop these skills, as well as to those who do not feel ready to specialise in the way that has been traditional in this country.

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Pupils study six subjects (including English, a second language, a humanity, a science and Mathematics, as well as an arts subject or another language, humanity or science) with three of these taken at Standard Level and three at Higher Level (allowing for greater depth of study in those areas). Up to 7 points are awarded for each subject, regardless of the level at which the subject is studied. In addition, three Core points are available for the quality of work in the Theory of Knowledge course as well as the Extended Essay. A total of 45 points is available overall and this allows universities carefully to differentiate an applicant’s attributes. It is also a requirement for the award of the Diploma that pupils should satisfactorily complete the CAS programme.

The IB Diploma Programme at Charterhouse is as follows:

Group Group Name Description Subject
Language A  Literature Native Language English
Language A  Language and Literature Native Language German, Italian, Mandarin
Language B Second Language (intermediate) French, German, Mandarin, Spanish
Ab Initio Beginner's Language Italian, Mandarin (both as SL only)
Classical Languages   Latin
3 Individuals and Societies Humanities Economics, Geography, Global Politics, History
4 Experimental Sciences Sciences Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Systems and Societies (SL only), Physics
Mathematics High Proficiency Maths Mathematics HL
Intermediate Maths Mathematics SL
Post-(I)GCSE Maths Mathematical Studies SL
Arts and Electives The Arts Music, Film, Theatre, Visual Arts
Electives Business Management, Chemistry (HL only), Economics, French B, History, Spanish B
Theory of Knowledge Ways of Knowing  
Extended Essay Research Essay Own choice of topic
Creativity, Action and Service    

Online courses and School-supported self-taught languages A SL

Charterhouse may allow pupils to access one online course that is provided by Pamoja Education as part of the IB Diploma Programme – these courses carry an additional fee.

In addition, for a native speaker of a language other than English, it may be possible to replace a Group 2 subject with a school-supported self-taught language A SL course. Further details are available from the IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, Robert Paler, email: 

Availability of subjects

Charterhouse endeavours to offer all the courses as published in the previous table. However, it is possible that a course may not attract sufficient interest to warrant it running: if that is the case then even though the course may be listed as being available, it may have to be withdrawn.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, please refer to:

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