IB Curriculum

Felsted is one of a growing number of schools in the UK to embrace the International Baccalaureate Diploma as an alternative to A Levels and our considerable experience in the teaching of this demanding and stimulating programme means that today’s Felsted students are well placed to make the most of all the IB has to offer.

Recognised all over the world, the IB is a direct route into British and international universities, and offers excellent preparation for tertiary education. The intellectual rigour of the IB Programme, coupled with the breadth of co-curricular opportunities and Felsted’s vibrant international ethos prepares students to take a full part in the world beyond School, wherever their IB qualification may take them.

The International Baccalaureate Organisation aims to develop enquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The IB encourages students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners, through challenge and rigorous assessment.

A Felsted student takes notes during a lesson

The breadth and intensity of the IB course was an ideal preparation for the strains and stresses of university life; I learned to cope with pressure and to think for myself.

Why study the IB at Felsted?


The intellectual breadth and moral challenge of the Diploma gives IB pupils a vital edge when it comes to university applications and future career success. It is a well-respected qualification that is recognised world-wide.


Intellectually curious, IB pupils are almost twice as likely as their A-Level and equivalent peers to pursue further full-time study‡. The 4,000-word Extended Essay and the Theory of Knowledge element promote independent and critical thinking.


The holistic approach of the IB encourages pupils to be tolerant and open-minded, compassionate and principled. It promotes risk taking and reflection, so pupils are confident and creative and have the integrity and skills to succeed in a global economy.


IB pupils are more likely to be employed in graduate level jobs, and command higher salaries than their non-IB peers. Literate and numerate, linguistically and scientifically able, IB pupils are tremendously versatile and can demonstrate talents that are highly sought-after in today’s world.


Studying both literature and at least one foreign language, Felsted IB pupils are excellent communicators – articulate on paper as well as in person. The emphasis on Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) encourages pupils to appreciate the need for a healthy balance of physical and mental activity that will stand them in good stead for adult life.

IB Diploma Average Score

Anna Freymuth - Manchester

Anna Freymuth is our joint top scorer at Felsted this year, achieving a world leading 43 points,to secure a place at Manchester to read Economics and Politics, with top scores in Economics, English, Chemistry and Psychology.

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Jack Tristani - Top Achiever

Jack Tristani is one of Felsted’s top achievers in 2020, gaining a world class 42 points. Jack joined Felsted Sixth Form from Frankfurt after spending a summer at Felsted’s International Summer School improving his English and getting familiar with boarding school life.

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Fenella Alexander - UCL

Fenella Alexander achieved a world class 41 points, with top marks in English, History and Latin, alongside studying French, Chemistry and Maths, and will be studying History at UCL in September.

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Samuel Maurer - Leiden University, Netherlands

Samuel Maurer, an international full boarder from Switzerland, achieved an extremely credible 40 points in the IB Diploma, with top marks in English and Spanish. Sam joined  Felsted in Year 9 on a full bursary, funded by a generous former international pupil and successful business leader.

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Darina Mironova - Top Achiever

Darina Mironova, an international full boarder from Estonia, achieved an excellent 40 points in the IB Diploma. A Prefect and member of the Senior Academic Andrews Society, Darina led a tree planting initiative as a member of the School’s eco committee.

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James Woodmore - Exeter University

James Woodmore studied German, History, Design Technology, English, Psychology and Maths as part of the IB Programme in 2020. As the School’s Golf Captain, James represented Felsted in the ISGA Plate National finals and the HMC singles in 2018, recording a top 10 finish.

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Ben Farrow - Bath University

Ben Farrow is delighted to be studying International Development with Economics at Bath University from September 2020. Ben studied English, Geography, Economics, Italian, Biology and Maths as part of his IB Diploma.

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Sixth Form Academic Overview

Sixth Form - Life at Felsted
Sixth Form - Academic Overview

The IB definitely helped me get into Oxford. Oxbridge is all about constantly expanding your knowledge and drawing links between seemingly opposing areas of knowledge and understanding those relationships. The IB meets that perfectly in having so many subjects to choose from and allowing you to follow your own interests with the Extended Essay and Internal Assessments.

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