6th Form – IB Diploma Programme


Europa offers a broad curriculum International Baccalaureate diploma with an emphasis on languages

 

Europa School UK is an accredited school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme  and an IB World School.  IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.

The school is committed to offering a broad curriculum up to the age of 18/19 for all our students with compulsory study of English, mathematics, science, languages and humanities.

Our bilingual model, unique in the region, offers students the scope to explore advanced language learning and studying subjects through other languages but is also accessible to students with a good GCSE in French, German or Spanish.

Please get in touch with us via the contact form below if you would like to discuss studying with us next academic year.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Students will be able to enter the IB programme provided that:

  • They show a strong academic potential through their Year 11 exams or GCSE equivalents, with a minimum entry requirement of at least five Grades 5 to 9 or equivalent, including Mathematics and English Language. Grade 7 required for the Higher Level courses.
  • They have been promoted from Year 11 to Year 12 or from an equivalent year group in another country
  • They have a sufficient French, German or Spanish level to do the Group 2 Language B Standard Level *
  • They have a sufficient level of English to do the Group 1 Higher or Standard Level English course.
  • They have a sufficient level of English to follow the English subjects (B2). More information can be found in this document.
  • They show maturity and motivation in their application letter

*Should we have sufficient interest to offer another language in group A or B (e.g. Polish or Italian), we would be happy to look into it, so please don’t hesitate to contact us to register your interest. At any rate, Polish and Italian are available as a self-taught language A Standard level group. For other languages – please get in touch.

TESTS

There will be a number of entry tests. These tests are to make sure that the student can follow the curriculum and achieve the IB. These tests are explicitly not aimed at discouraging students from applying. Students should not have to prepare for these tests, other than being rested and ready to sit them. This year, they will be taken from home, supervised via a google meet.

1. English as Foreign language speakers: B2 Level tests for IB – English 

For English as a Foreign language speaker, you can assess your level here. The tests itself will consist of a section on grammar, reading comprehension and listening comprehension.

2. English language A.

Candidates will be asked to write a response to either an unseen literary or non-literary text.

3. Second language (Language A or B). An example of each language will be uploaded here shortly.

4. Maths. You can find an example maths test here. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your fees?
As a state school we don’t charge any fees. We ask for a voluntary contribution though. You can find more information on our fundraising page.
Are you a boarding school?
We are not a boarding school, so our students will need to have a place to live. We are sometimes contacted by people that would offer lodging, so do check with us if you are looking for a place to live and we can maybe put you in touch.
I live abroad, can I join you next year?
Please read the government guidance carefully. As a state school we cannot enter students on a student visa, so they will have to have a right to stay and study in the UK that does not rely on a student visa.

Do I need to speak another language than English?
Yes, the IB is a multilingual program, so before you start you have to have a pretty decent level of either German, French or Spanish.*

*Should we have sufficient interest to offer another language in group A or B (e.g. Polish or Italian), we would be happy to look into it, so please don’t hesitate to contact us to register your interest.

I don't speak English very well, can I still join you?

Most subjects are taught in English, so you will need to be able to read, speak and write English. In doubt, we will ask you to do an entry test. We would recommend level C1 for most subjects. Depending on the subjects chosen, we could consider level B2.

I would like to apply
Please return an application form:

Careers Advice

There is a well-resourced Careers Room containing information on Higher Education and Careers. We have a careers guidance team, including the Careers Coordinator (overseeing the whole secondary careers programme), the UCAS/HE Coordinator and the Work Experience Coordinator who between them deliver the programme as well as organising talks from university representatives, as well as career days where parents or other professionals come in and talk with the students. There is also an independent Careers Adviser who has specialist careers guidance qualifications and has regular meetings with the students particularly in S5 and S6 (Years 11 and 12).

Our PTA has just funded a subscription to Xello – an online careers education programme. 

https://www.cascaid.co.uk/

“Inspire and engage every student in future planning”

School community

The school community is very international and there are strong links between parents and between parents and the school and students among each other. 

We always have a number of ex students coming back to work as teaching assistants in a gap year. Our S7 students organise events for the younger students throughout the school year, like junior balls and senior balls, music soirees, a bratwurst sale, a pancake sale, and a mini-festival with music for the whole school.

A considerable number of school governors are from our parent body and our PTA (Parent teacher organisation) is a very supportive and active body involved in many fundraising and social activities. These include a summer and winter school fete, regular coffee mornings for parents and sporting events, like a fun run. The PTA website shows you more:

https://www.europa-pta.org/

 

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