IB Middle Years Programme
Newland College is a candidate school for the world class International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP). Only schools that are authorised by the IB Organisation can offer any three of its academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (DP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorisation will be granted. The MYP curriculum prepares students for the prestigious IB Diploma. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit the IBO website.
The IB MYP is an academically challenging curriculum framework with eight discreet academic areas: English, Maths, Science, Modern Languages, Humanities, Arts, Technology and Physical Education. We place an emphasis on the relationship between subjects so that the different academic departments work together during the year to complete projects utilising skills, concepts and content from several subject disciplines. This encourages students to embrace and understand connections between the subject content and the real world, while developing critical and reflective thinking skills.
Running through our programme are three fundamental concepts:
1. Holistic learning: Knowledge is inter-related and schools should develop the whole person.
2. Intercultural awareness: We should understand people from other cultures and our international institutions.
3. Communication: Students learn how to communicate well in their own language and another.
These are supplemented by a further five areas of interaction that are interwoven into the programme: Human Ingenuity, Environment, Health and Social Education, Community and Service and Approaches to Learning,
Students are therefore encouraged to:
Pose challenging questions and to seek answers
Learn how to learn
Develop a strong sense of identity and culture whilst being appreciative of the culture of others
Develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries
Students may leave college when lessons finish for the day, or they are welcome to participate in our free after-college clubs, which run from Mondays to Fridays.
Guide to eAssessment for the MYP Certificate from the IBO
IB Diploma Programme
Pending IBO authorisation, Newland College will offer the gold standard of education, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma from September 2018.
The IB Diploma is a challenging programme that is considered to be at least the equivalent of A-Levels and the Advanced Placement Programme. It is an excellent pre-university course and Diploma graduates are much sought after by universities across the globe.
The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on behalf of the International Baccalaureate, reported that
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.
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The Diploma is the culmination of the IB learning continuum and builds upon the skills and international understanding gained by students through the IB Middle Years. Entry to the Diploma Programme at Newland College will be open to those who have not taken these courses but their equivalents (e.g. GCSEs).
There are several advantages to studying the IB Diploma at Newland College. Our small class sizes and classroom set-up allow for a discussion based teaching style. Our location affords easy access to museums and libraries in London.The programme is broad and balanced with students studying subjects from six different subject areas.
The IB Diploma Programme is taught over two years and is assessed via coursework (20% of the final grade) and final exams (80% of the final grade).
Students study six subjects, one taken from each of the subject groups:
In addition all Diploma students study three core components:
Theory of Knowledge (a course that develops the critical thinking skills valued at university)
Creativity, Action, Service
Students select three subjects at Higher Level and three subjects at Standard Level. Higher Level courses (240 hours study) involve two years of study of significant breadth and depth. Standard Level courses involve 150 hours of study over two years.
The Diploma Programme requires students to become independent learners. Each individual’s timetable will include time for personal study and research in preparation for life at university. The Diploma Programme prepares students for life at university and beyond. It encourages them to:
Ask challenging questions
Learn how to learn
Develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture whilst being appreciative of the cultures of others
Develop the ability to communicate and understand people from other countries
IB Learner Profile
The Learner Profile is our reference point for developing students beyond the academic curriculum. The areas of development reinforce the pedagogic approach of the IB programmes as well as offering a framework for development of a student who is well rounded academically, is comfortable with themselves and who they are, and who will have a passion for an area to focus on at university. The nine characteristics IB students are encouraged to develop are to be:
Inquirers. They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives. University faculties regularly note IB students’ passion for discovery.
Knowledgeable. They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines. IB students are extraordinarily well prepared for the academic requirements of university coursework.
Thinkers. They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions. IB students contribute to discussions in a meaningful way. They do not shy away from challenging questions and, once they know the answer, follow up by asking “why?”
Communicators. They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others. IB students regularly deliver stimulating presentations and drive excellence in group assignments.
Principled. They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them. IB students are infused with the academic integrity that is a fundamental value of universities and colleges.
Open-minded. They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience. IB students have a deep understanding of various cultures and views, bringing an appreciation of new views to both their academic study and their involvement in local and wider communities. Their international mindedness complements the missions of the best tertiary institutions.
Caring. They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. IB students tell us they bring this commitment to community and others to their activities and leadership roles at university and carry it throughout their lives.
Risk-takers. They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs. IB students transition well to challenging university settings and show resilience and determination in their work. In academics, they have the confidence to approach new or unfamiliar subjects or material.
Balanced. They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others. IB students are active participants in a wide range of aspects of campus life, as well as focusing on their academic development.
Reflective. They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development. IB students have developed an ability to reflect on their learning and to articulate how they learnt. They have learned that critical reflection is an important academic and life skill.