International Baccalaureate

What is the International Baccalaureate Programme?

The International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) is an internationally recognised qualification for pupils aged 16 to 18 years taking the place of other qualifications, such as A Levels.

The programme is designed to inspire a quest for learning throughout life, and is a qualification which offers a unique way of studying, with the programme designed to promote academic and personal rigour, challenging pupils to excel in their studies and in their personal growth.

The Sixth Form at Stonyhurst offers two programmes of study:

The International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP) 

International Baccalaureate Career Related Programme (IBCP)

Why study the IB at Stonyhurst?

The IB curriculum opens up the world to our pupils and prepares young people for life beyond Stonyhurst, be that higher education, the workplace, or an apprenticeship. IB programmes are unique qualifications for the 21st century, they are intended to create global citizens, to empower students with the skills and knowledge that they can apply for further education or jobs anywhere in the world.

IB learners are:

• encouraged to think critically and solve complex problems

• drive their own learning

• more culturally aware, through the development of a second language

• able to engage with people in an increasingly globalised, rapidly changing world

Ranked in the UK’s top 20 IB Schools and in the top 100 IB schools in the world, pupils at Stonyhurst thrive in a unique environment, studying a world-class education which enables young people to become all that they can be.


Join us for our IB Event

Learn more about the International Baccalaureate programmes at Stonyhurst College by joining us for an IB event. During this virtual event, all families will have the opportunity to hear from the Headmaster and Director of IB, learn more about the International Baccalaureate and the two pathways we offer (IBDP and IBCP) and will be joined by past and current IB pupils who will give a real insight into life at Stonyhurst as an IB pupil.

Registrations for the event on Friday 30th April are now closed.

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The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

IB Mission Statement

Hear what our past and current pupils have to say about our IB programmes:

A unique way of learning

The IB was set up to prepare pupils to be one of the world’s top students. It develops individuals academically, intellectually and as a whole person. It also endeavours to develop characteristics which will prepare young people for later life. This profile has great synergy with Stonyhurst’s Jesuit mission of learning.

Hear what our Director of IB has to say about our IB programmes:

Pupils at Stonyhurst are growing to be

Jesuit pupil profile

IB Learner Profile

Next steps

Sixth Form life offers endless opportunities and navigating the best path for future outcomes can feel overwhelming. With subject choices often determining future university courses, and future careers, it is worth getting to know what’s on offer before committing to a pathway of learning at aged 16.

Sign up for our online IB Event on Friday 30th April to learn more.

Learn more about our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme here.

Learn more about our International Baccalaureate Career Related Programme here.

If you would like to discuss the IB programmes in more detail, please contact our Director of IB, Mrs Deborah Kirkby:

01254 827073