Marlborough College Malaysia achieved accreditation to become an IB World School in April 2014. This is the outcome of going through the rigorous and stringent IB accreditation process which began in May 2012. As a result, we were able to start delivering the IB Diploma Programme from September 2014 to our first Lower Sixth cohort.
The International Baccalaureate is an internationally recognised qualification of high academic standing. It was originally launched in 1968 and now involves some 80,000 students studying in 125 countries. The IB Diploma is recognised by all UK universities and is highly regarded internationally.
The IB is also highly attractive to employers, because of the variety of skills and attitudes which are fostered during the course of the programme. A range of exciting and challenging courses will be offered that will stretch the most able pupil, but which are well within the grasp of any student at Marlborough if they are prepared to commit to their studies.
The philosophy of the IB emphasises high academic standards. At the heart of the IB Diploma lies the Learner Profile. This sets out the key attributes which the programme seeks to develop. These mirror the College’s ambition to develop fully the potential of all its pupils, and to instil a love of learning for its own sake.
Academic excellence is coupled with an emphasis on personal development. The IB supports the philosophy of a rounded education and the development of the whole person, rather than a narrow focus on the academic alone. To achieve this, students are encouraged to reflect upon both their academic subjects and their personal development. Students are required to demonstrate initiative, independence and organisation.
Pupils study six subjects: three subjects are studied at higher level and three at Standard level. This allows pupils to gain a greater depth of knowledge in those subjects which particularly interest them, whilst still developing skills in their subsidiary subjects. In choosing their courses, students are required to maintain breadth. A subject must be chosen from Groups 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the hexagon. Group 6 offers the opportunity to study a creative subject (Art, Music or Theatre Arts) or to select a second subject from Groups 2, 3 or 4.
Key IB Staff
- IB Students can demonstrate both depth of knowledge at Higher Level (HL) and additional breadth at Standard Level (SL).
- They can show competency in a language and have continued to study Mathematics and English to the age of 18.
- Through the Extended Essay, they can demonstrate independent research, while Theory of Knowledge (ToK) develops analytical and critical thinking skills.
- Through the Group 4 Project, Creativity, Action, Service (CAS), ToK and English, IB students learn to work collaboratively, to debate and defend their ideas and make presentations in public.
- They have a global outlook and an appreciation of other cultures, ideas and beliefs.
- IB students learn to study independently and are better prepared for university (UCAS statistics show that IB students outperform A Level students on similar courses and are more likely to gain first class honours or upper second honours than A’ Level students).
There has been a stream of information to both parents and pupils during the Michaelmas Term which started with a briefing to the whole school by the Head of Senior School, Graeme Salt. This has been reinforced to pupils in the Remove and Hundred through a series of classroom presentations and Q and A sessions with Marlborough IB Coordinator, Claire Bridgman.
Pupils have been encouraged to ask questions and to find out more about the IB programme
All teachers employed at Marlborough have demonstrated a high level of proficiency in the classroom whether from an IB or a purely A level background. There is a huge similarity of content between A levels and the IB. If you have taught A levels effectively, you are well qualified to deliver the IB.
40% of our teachers have taught in IB schools. The remaining 60% will attend IB training courses which do not focus so much on the content of the subject but rather emphasise the ethos and principles, or “spirit” of the IB.
All IB teachers are required to be up to date with current practices and will take part in IB training initiatives every 3 years.
The IB Diploma is welcomed as a rigorous entry qualification by universities in the UK and around the world, with admissions tutors publicly recognising its strength in preparing young men and women for university studies.
A recent report by King’s College London showed that what IB students are offering is something far superior to A levels and this is echoed by universities throughout the UK.
According to Professor Sir Richard Trainer, KBE, Principal and President Kings College London, in March 2013 “Kings College London has welcomed International Baccalaureate students from the UK and beyond for many a year. These students have brought a great sense of energy, determination and diversity to our campuses and have adapted well to university life and studies, no doubt in part due to the nature of the IB.”
In addition, universities are now far more familiar with a range of qualifications. At Bristol, only 62% of candidates applied with A level in 2012. IB was the next most common qualification at 5%, while 33% applied with other qualifications from around the world.
Offer rate (2012)
A levels: 68% IB: 72%
Acceptance Rate (2012)
A levels: 82% IB: 87%
(Figures from UCAS)
We have a good sense of where your children are already. When we grade the pupils’ reports in Years 9, 10 and 11, this is our prediction of the grade we feel your child will achieve at IGCSE. We have plotted these IGSCE scores against the IB and this gives us a very good indication of their future grades. If we were concerned that your child might not respond well to the challenges of the IB programme, we would discuss this with you well in advance.
A’s and B’s to achieve safe passes and top scores. Pupils with C’s and D’s would have a chance of passing the Diploma too, if they make the right subject choices and commitment to Sixth Form studies.
We will consider any qualifications a pupil brings with them. Candidates will also be assessed and interviewed by Marlborough to determine their readiness to study the IB Diploma.
Group 1: English Literature
Group 2: English, French, Malay, Mandarin and Spanish
Group 3: Economics, Geography, History, Psychology and Business Studies
Group 4: Biology, Chemistry, Design Technology, Physics, Sports Science and Computer Science
Group 5: Maths
Group 6: Music, Theatre, Visual Arts
All the subjects will be offered at Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL), if there is demand.
Maths is offered at HL and SL and Studies.
Languages are offered at HL (advanced), SL (intermediate) and ab initio (beginner).
Classes with fewer than three pupils will not run.
Possibly, however, all pupils at Marlborough College Malaysia will follow the IB Programme and will receive every encouragement from teachers and tutors towards achieving their full potential. We feel it is important that our pupils build on their perceived weaknesses, as well as their strengths.
We believe that a pupil’s school experience should be about more than just passing exams and jumping through hoops. Through the IB, we want to inspire our pupils to take an interest in a breadth of subjects and teach them not just what to think but how to think. School should be about an individual’s personal development and offer a life-long holistic preparation which will enable pupils to make a real difference in whatever field they choose.
Yes, and we will offer specialist support for pupils with their subject choices and in their application to universities all around the world.
Pupils could start visiting universities as early as parents wish. Certainly by the end of the Lower Sixth it is wise for pupils to have made visits to universities of interest.
32 – 38 points.
Also, what on-line IB and non IB resources will Marlborough use or recommend?
Through this preparatory phase we are building an appropriate resource bank in our library.
There has been a huge growth in the materials available to support the IB Diploma. Text books are available online at Amazon and there are numerous online journals and PDF text books to support pupil learning.
There will be local fieldwork in Biology and Geography that may involve offsite and overnight accommodation and other additional, reasonable costs.