International Baccalaureate Sixth Form

Since its inception, the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) at St Edward's College has had exceptional scores. The College's students have reached an average of 82% when compared to the international average of 79%.

St Edward's College was authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) commencing September 2009 and following successful years, applications for boarders and day students are now invited for the academic year commencing September 2019/20.

Why Choose the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP)?

Established in 1968, the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) was the first programme offered by the IB and is taught to students aged 16-19. The DP was established in to provide students with a balanced education, to facilitate geographic and cultural mobility and to promote international understanding. It was created by teachers at the International School of Geneva, with assistance from several other international schools.

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is recognised and respected by the world's leading universities, and evidence suggests that higher rates of DP students go on to university and higher education study than non-IB students. It is accepted by most major universities (including Oxbridge, Sorbonne and Harvard) in over 121 countries as an entry qualification.

By encouraging students to develop intellectually, emotionally and ethically as well as academically, the programme differs from other education frameworks offered in Malta. For example:

  • In the UK, IB graduates are more than twice as likely attend a top 20 university than the average A level student
  • Feedback collected from a wide range of IB graduates suggests that IB students have an easier time adjusting to university studies

Surveys of university and college admissions staff in the US, the European Union (EU) and Australia show that these professionals are both familiar with the programme and hold it in very high esteem compared to other qualifications

Due to its integrity and value, a number of universities in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany and France also offer scholarships for recipients of the IB diploma.

The IB was designed to meet the needs of these students to ensure that they can effortlessly integrate into different International Schools when the need arises.

After carefully looking at the options available to Maltese students we reached a conclusion that the IB Diploma would also be their best option.

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) aims to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.

The IB is different from other curricula because it:

  • Encourages students to think critically and challenge what they are told
  • Is independent of governments and national systems, and therefore able to incorporate best practice from a range of international frameworks and curricula
  • Encourages students to consider both their local and international environment.

Working to obtain the IB Diploma is a character-building experience which creates 'active learners' who are prepared to deal and cope with tertiary education in ways that no other system does. The IB Diploma effectively bridges to gap between post-secondary education to tertiary education and eliminates many of those barriers and hurdles that many students find difficult to cope with at university such as presentations, thesis.

Students have to choose subjects in Humanities, Sciences, Languages and Mathematics. Knowledge in this range of disciplines will encourage critical thinking and intercultural understanding thereby creating model world citizens and equipping successful diploma graduates with the best possible tools to continue their studies at tertiary level - be it the at the University of Malta, Oxbridge or Ivy League Universities.

A transcript that reveals a student's enrolment in International Baccalaureate courses serves notice to the admissions officer that the applicant is someone who accepts rather than avoids educational challenges. - Director of Admissions, University of Michigan

The IB provides students with breadth of study, requisite skill development, independence of thought, maturity and self-confidence to become active learners across a broad range of academic and life skills - Tony Blair, Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1997 - 2007


Subject Choices

Students will have to choose six subjects – 3 at Higher Level and the remaining 3 at Standard Level. Students’ choices will reflect the courses they wish to pursue at tertiary level.

It is the College’s intention to offer the following subjects:

Please note that some subjects are offered at both Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL)





 Group 1 (Language A1)


 English Language & Literature

 HL & SL

 Self Taught (other language)




 Group 2 (Language B - Second Language)


 English B

 HL & SL




 SL & Ab initio


 SL & Ab initio



 Group 3 (Individuals & Societies)


 Business & Management

 HL & SL


 HL & SL

 Environmental Systems & Societies (ESS)



 HL & SL


 HL & SL



 Group 4 (Experimental Sciences)



 HL & SL




 HL & SL

 Environmental Systems & Societies (ESS)


 Computer Science

 HL & SL



 Group 5 (Mathematics)


 Maths Studies



 HL & SL



 Group 6 (The Arts)


 Visual Arts

 HL & SL


(A student's native language can also be chosen as a self-taught Group 1 subject)


A substantial investment in the College will ensure that all students will have state-of-the-art ICT laboratories and modern science laboratories. The students also have access to their own common room where they can unwind and play a game of billiards.


 TOK and CAS

Two other components which are central to the IBDP course structure are Theories of Knowledge (TOK) and Creative, Active, Service (CAS).

TOK teaches and encourages students to think creatively and gives them analytical and interpretational skills which will be of great use not just at university but throughout their lives.

CAS, a compulsory non-academic component, takes seriously the importance of life outside the world of scholarship, and thus provides a refreshing counterbalance to academic studies’. In addition to this, CAS is a character-building exercise which is one aspect of education that is taken very seriously at St Edward’s College. We strongly believe that the all-round student is not achieved by filling heads with facts and information that can be regurgitated in an exam and forgotten. Creativity, sports and community service are all aspects of the IB Diploma which creates interesting, active, empathetic and responsible citizens who can make a difference in this world.

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IB Documents Required when applying:



 School hours are from 8:30 - 15:30



08:30 - 08:40


08:40 - 09:20

1st Period

09:20 - 10:00

2nd Period

10:00 - 10:40

3rd Period

10:40 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:40

4th Period

11:40 - 12:20

5th Period

12:20 - 13:00

6th Period

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:40

7th Period

14:40 - 15:20

8th Period


Mr Jolen Galea

Head of Sixth Form
Telephone: 356 2788 1199






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