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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 all subject areas.

Malvern’s IB graduates consistently average over 37 points and Malvern has averaged over 25 pupils with scores of 40 points or more in the last six 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.


Malvern offers a wide range of subjects and is one of very few schools in the world to be able to offer the Further Mathematics course (the most demanding of all IB courses). Additional courses added recently include, Sport and Education Science (piloted at Malvern), Design & Technology, Philosophy and Environmental Systems and Societies. Our continuing commitment to breadth is demonstrated by the fact that we offer all three of the Visual Arts.

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.

All pupils must choose a wide range of subjects including a foreign language, Maths, Science and one of the humanities.

In all subject areas pupils are encouraged to develop communication skills (for example, in English they need to make an oral presentation, in Maths they must write an essay on a Mathematical topic that interests them).

There is an emphasis on independent learning – doing rather than just listening.

Links are made between subjects – for example you could be studying the literature of a developing country in English, whilst at the same time looking at the factors that are helping it to develop in Economics.

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; building their strengths whilst at the same time discovering new talents.