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Malvern College has an enviable reputation as being one of the top and most established IB schools in the country. Over 2300 schools teach International Baccalaureate (IB) throughout the world yet Malvern College comfortably beats the world average in most subject areas.

Malvern’s IB graduates often average over 37 points and Malvern has had 103 candidates achieving at least 40 points and ten achieve the full 45 points in the last five years (38 points normally being considered as the minimum Oxbridge entry requirements).

The International Baccalaureate (IB) has been available in the Sixth Form at Malvern since 1992. It is now followed by approximately 2,300 schools worldwide, and every year this number increases. It is a recognised route to all of the world’s top universities. However, the IB is much more than simply a route to university. The IB ethos is to educate the whole person and provide the necessary skills to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Malvern offers a wide range of subjects for the IB. Most subjects are available at both Higher and Standard level, with more teaching hours dedicated to those studying at a Higher Level. Pupils typically take three subjects at Higher Level and three at Standard Level.


All pupils must choose a subject from each subject group except for Visual Arts, with the sixth subject to be chosen from any of the subject groups. Links are made between subjects and pupils are given opportunities for independent learning in all subjects, with coursework a part of assessment in most subjects. As well as studying their chosen subjects, pupils complete the IB’s core requirements.

The Theory of Knowledge course seeks to promote in a pupil a questioning attitude to each of their subjects. It develops the skills to enable them to test the validity of arguments and the strength of evidence. Each pupil does an Extended Essay, a 4,000-word research paper on a topic of the pupil's choosing. 

The Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) component ensures pupils are learning experientially, developing skills in entirely new areas and building their strengths whilst at the same time discovering new talents.