ACS Cobham International School

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We have offered the highly sought-after, two-year IB Diploma since 1986 – making us one of the most experienced IB schools in the UK.

The IB Diploma is an academically challenging and balanced programme that prepares students for success at university and life beyond… anywhere in the world.


IB Programme requirements and model

The IBDP has six groups of subjects
  • Studies in Language and Literature
  • Language Acquisition
  • Individuals and Societies
  •  Experimental Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • The Arts/Electives

Students study six courses – usually three at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL). Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5 – ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, sciences and mathematics.

The sixth subject may be an arts subject chosen from group 6, or the student may choose another subject from groups 1 to 4.

Knowledge depth is ensured by requiring three or four subjects at Higher Level.


University Recognition

Since 1979, ACS Cobham graduates have won places at a wide range of universities and colleges around the world. Every university in the UK now accepts the IB Diploma, and our students regularly enter top-tier institutions, including many within the Russell Group. In the US and Canada, the IBDP and Course Certificates (Higher Level) are increasingly recognised, with many universities conferring credit or advanced placement of up to one year for them.

IB Diploma Grades & Assessment

Each examined subject is graded on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum). The award of the IB Diploma requires a minimum total score of 24, based on the principle that a grade 4 represents a passing level in each of the six subjects. Excellent performance in the six subjects results in a grade 7 for each, or a total score of 42 points. Students can earn an additional 3 points for superior work on the Extended Essay and Theory Of Knowledge. 

  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is focused on developing interdisciplinary and critical-thinking skills. TOK explores the interdisciplinary nature among subject disciplines and encourages critical reflection and analysis.
  • The Extended Essay requires students to select, research, and write an in-depth, independent research work of 4000 words in one of their six subjects areas. The Extended Essay requirement offers IB Diploma candidates the opportunity to become familiar with the independent research and writing skills expected at university.
  • All IB Diploma students get involved in Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) work. CAS is a fundamental part of the Diploma experience (and one that sets it apart), helping students to grasp the importance of extracurricular activities as an integral part of life, and as a healthy counterbalance to the world of pure scholarship and study. These initiatives and activities are a key part of our student’s education, and include:
    • local and global community outreach projects
    • charity drives
    • supporting the Shituwa School in Namibia
    • Model United Nations
    • Sports
    • And many, many more.

IB subjects at ACS Cobham

Group 1 - Studies in Language and Literature
Group 2 - Language Acquisition

English Literature (HL/SL)
English Language & Literature (HL/SL)
German Language & Literature (SL)
Japanese Literature (HL/SL)
Korean Literature (HL/SL)
Norwegian Language & Literature (HL/SL)
Russian Literature (HL/SL)
Swedish Language & Literature (HL/SL)

Danish B (SL)
Dutch B (HL/SL)
English B (HL/SL)
French B (HL/SL)
German B (HL/SL)
German ab initio (SL)
Japanese ab initio (SL)
Mandarin ab initio (SL)
Russian B (HL/SL)
Spanish B (HL/SL)
Swedish B (SL)

Group 3 - Individuals and Societies
Group 4 - Experimental Sciences
Business and Management (HL/SL)
Economics (HL/SL)
Environmental Systems & Societies (SL)
Geography (HL/SL)
History (HL/SL)
Psychology (HL/SL)

Biology (HL/SL)
Chemistry (HL/SL)
Computer Science (HL/SL)
Environmental Systems & Societies (SL)
Physics (HL/SL)
Sports, Exercise and Health Sciences (SL)

Group 5 - Mathematics
Group 6 - The Arts
Mathematics (HL/SL)
Mathematical Studies (SL)
Music (HL/SL)
Theatre (HL/SL)
Visual Arts (HL/SL) or a further subject from groups 1-4

To earn an IB Diploma, students are required to study six subjects (at least three at Higher Level, and three at Standard Level)

HL = Higher Level

SL = Standard Level

Note: The school reserves the right to add or delete courses according to student demand and staff availability.

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