Sixth Form

IB at Marlborough

The globally recognised IB programme is excellent preparation for higher education in any country. Beyond knowledge of the subjects themselves, it engenders essential values and attributes in our students, from well-honed communication skills to commendably open minds. To fulfil the IB Diploma requirements, all students select six subjects (three at Higher Level and three at Standard level) from designated subject groups.

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature
Group 2: Language Acquisition
Group 3: Individuals and Societies (Humanities)
Group 4: Experimental Sciences
Group 5: Mathematics
Group 6: The Arts (Students can instead opt for an additional subject from Groups 2-4)

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In terms of subject options, MCM has a lot to offer. In Group 1, most of our students study English and three courses are on offer: English Literature, English Language and Literature, as well as Literature and Performance. A small number will instead opt for Chinese Language and Literature. Pupils can also take a School Supported Self-Taught Literature course in another language (as long as it is their native language). Here, students have studied Dutch, German, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Russian and Spanish with a tutor. The College can help facilitate this. In Group 2, students can continue a language that they studied at IGCSE or they can take an Ab Initio course which is designed for complete beginners. The language options are Chinese, French, Malay and Spanish.

The following subjects are on offer in Group 3: Business and Management, Economics, Geography, Global Politics, History and Psychology.

In Group 4, the more traditional disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics are available, with Computer Science, Design Technology and Sports Exercise and Health Science also offered. All students study Mathematics in Group 5. From 2019 there are four Mathematics courses available, two at Higher and two at Standard Level, to ensure that the Mathematics studied is accessible and relevant to each student’s proposed future pathway. Students who wish to study the Arts in Group 6 have a choice of Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. Alternatively, students can select another subject from the humanities, sciences or languages groups.