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Malvern Offers A levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) in the Sixth Form

Malvern is one of the leading International Baccalaureate schools in the world. We introduced the IB Diploma in 1992, and our exam results are strong, with our candidates achieving an average of over 37 points over the last 5 years. Over the last 5 years, 11 pupils have achieved the maximum of 45 IB points and 105 out of 318 pupils over the last 5 years achieved over 40 points. We offer 26 subjects both for A levels and the IB, providing every pupil with a pathway to suit their individual requirements and wider aspirations.

"Pupils in the Sixth Form demonstrate sophisticated communication skills, contributing ideas in discussion and synthesising this information for greater insight." ISI Inspection Report 2017


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A level or IB?

Given the choice available to pupils in the Lower School and to new pupils entering the school in the Sixth Form, Malvern provides a great deal of guidance in helping pupils to choose which course would be best for them. Individual tutors, the Head of Sixth Form, subject teachers and those members of staff responsible for university admissions are all able to provide advice as to what subjects would be most suitable for a particular pupil.

It is not possible to generalise about whether a pupil should study A levels or the IB. However, some general guidelines are set out below:

A levels enable early specialisation which may suit some pupils wishing to apply for university courses in, for example, engineering or medicine (it should be stressed that the IB provides an equally good, although broader, route into these two areas).

Although all major university systems recognise and support both A levels and the IB, those pupils wishing to study in the US will find that the breadth provided by the IB is particularly well suited to the US ‘liberal arts’ approach to university education.

The requirements of IB that a pupil must study Mathematics and an additional language other than their mother tongue may put some pupils off, but both Spanish and Italian are taught in the IB at Malvern assuming no prior knowledge at all (on an ab initio basis).

David Reid - Head of Sixth Form