IB Inner Core

Be future ready

Ensuring every student graduates from Westbourne fully ‘future-ready’, the inner core of the IB Diploma is one essential part of that preparation.

Studied alongside six group subjects, the inner core is designed to develop you into an all-round leader of the future. Greatly distinguished from other Sixth Form curriculum options, the core helps shape a well rounded applicant and greatly improves university chances.

Theory of Knowledge (ToK) – philosophy for 17 year olds – is an interdisciplinary requirement intended to stimulate critical reflection on the knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom.

The course challenges students to question the nature of knowledge, to be aware of subjective and ideological biases, to think critically and to analyse evidence. It is a key element in encouraging an appreciation of different cultural
perspectives.

Through the Creativity, Activity & Service (CAS) programme, students are encouraged to share their passions and talents with others, as well as developing soft skills that are much sought-after by employers. CAS activities are ongoing, challenging and present new experiences, and allow the student to develop greater awareness of themselves and others, whilst also working cooperatively with other people.

Finally, the Extended Essay (EE) allows investigation of a topic of special interest, in the form of a 4,000-word piece of independent research. Students select a research topic from the Diploma Programme subjects, before honing the independent research and writing
skills expected at university. This leads to a major piece of formally-presented, structured writing, in which ideas and findings are communicated in a reasoned and coherent manner.

The EE promotes high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity, is extremely rewarding, and provides excellent material for students to discuss with university admissions tutors at interview.

‘Two years in this school with amazing teachers and an infinite amount of support and help enabled me to achieve a grade in the IB that I did not think was possible - I couldn't be happier’ Thalia, Westbourne alumni