IB Middle Years Programme
The Middle Years Programme curriculum is a well-balanced, academically-focussed, holistic programme that encourages children from the age of 11 to gain knowledge, to develop critical thinking skills and creativity, and to become independent learners. At the end of MYP 5, students take their E-examinations and present their E-Portfolios, which are externally assessed and moderated to provide them with their MYP Results, OfQual equivalent to GCSEs. These equips our students with all the necessary qualities to prepare them for later progression to ‘A’ Levels or the Diploma Programme (DP).
MYP Subject Groups
- Language Acquisition (French and Spanish)
- Language and Literature
- Individuals and Societies
- Arts: Music, Visual Arts and Drama
- Physical and Health Education
10 reasons why why the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) encourages students to become a creative, critical and reflective learner:
- Become a life-long learner – Learn ‘how to learn’ using communication, research, self-management, collaboration and critical thinking skills.
- Learn by doing and experiencing – Through MYP Action As Service Projects students learn to service the community and connect what is learnt in the classroom to “real life”.
- The MYP encourages critical thinking – It teaches students to analyse and evaluate issues, generate novel ideas and consider new perspectives.
- Explore global challenges – The MYP helps students increase their understanding of the world by exploring globally significant ideas and issues.
- Learn for understanding – Not just to memorise facts or topics and prepare for exams.
- Train yourself to:
- Organise and plan their work
- Meet deadlines
- Bounce back
- Think positively
- Subjects are not taught in isolation – Students are encouraged to make connections between subjects.
- It empowers learners to develop their talents – Feel empowered to prove what they know and earn the MYP certificate or MYP course results.
- It prepares students for future education – Prepare students for the IB Diploma Programme or A Levels.
- It encourages international-mindedness – The MYP helps students critically appreciate their own culture and personal history.
Diploma Programme (DP) Starting September 2018
The IB DP aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.
It is an Ofqual recognised alternative to A-Levels, with a broader number of subjects making it a favourite of Admissions Officers at top Universities around the world.
IB Diploma students:
- Are more than twice as likely to enroll at one of the UK’s top 20 universities.
- Are nearly twice as likely to succeed in application for courses in Medicine and Dentistry.
- Are significantly less likely to drop out of university courses.
- Are 30% more likely to a gain first-class honours degree.
- Are twice as likely to continue with further study after the first degree.
- Have significantly higher starting salary, after university.
DP Subject Groups
Students choose courses from the following subject groups: studies in language and literature; language acquisition; individuals and societies; sciences; mathematics; and the arts.
Students may opt to study an additional science, individuals and societies, or language course, instead of a course in the arts.
Students will take some subjects at higher level (HL) and some at standard level (SL). HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level.
The choices in the six subject groups at The Chalfonts are as follows:
- Language and Literature – English Language and Literature
- Individuals and Societies – History, Geography
- Mathematics – Mathematics
- Language Acquisition – French, Spanish
- Science – Biology, Chemistry, Physics
10 reasons why why the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)encourages students to become a creative, critical and reflective learner:
- It increases academic opportunity – Research shows that DP graduates are much more likely to be enrolled at top higher education institutions than entrants holding other qualifications.
- IB students care about more than just results – Through creativity, action, service (CAS) students learn outside the classroom and develop emotionally and ethically as well as intellectually.
- It encourages students to become a confident and independent learner – For example, the extended essay requires independent research through an in-depth study.
- It’s an international qualification – The DP is recognized globally by universities and employers.
- It assesses more than examination techniques – Learn to understand, not just memorise facts or topics and prepare for exams.
- Graduates are globally minded – Language classes encourage an international mindset, key for increasingly globalized societies.
- The IB encourages critical thinking – Learn how to analyse and evaluate issues, generate ideas and consider new perspectives.
- DP students have proven time management skills – Take good study habits and strong time management to further education and the working world.
- Subjects are not taught in isolation – Theory of knowledge (TOK) classes encourage students to make connections between subjects.
- It encourages breadth and depth of learning – The MYP helps students critically appreciate their own culture and personal history, as well as the values and traditions of others.
Competition for university places has never been higher.
Imperial college London says that International Baccalaureate students adapt more easily to a university style of learning and become independent learners from an earlier stage.
- IB dip students are twice as likely to enroll in one of the UK’s top 20 universities.
- Are twice as likely to success in applications for medicine and dentistry.
- Are 30% more likely to gain first class honours degrees.
The following charts sourced from The University Admissions Officers’ Report 2016 demonstrate the clear water between Diploma Programme students and A Level students when assessed for university entry.
The key qualities recognised and valued by universities are significantly more prevalent in Diploma Programme students.