Sixth FormHurstpierpoint College Sixth form




IB World SchoolHurstpierpoint College an IB World School

Students entering Hurst's Lower Sixth are able to choose between A Levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

"How best should today’s students begin to prepare for their journey into our challenging and ever-shifting world?

"For some, although by no means for all, the International Baccalaureate Diploma is an important first step.

"Our on-line brochure gives more details about this exciting programme at Hurst."

Tim Manly BA MSc
Hurstpierpoint College



Course Structure

We look to respond flexibly to what students wish to study in the Sixth Form, and if there is sufficient interest in the IB, a programme we rate highly, then we will look to provide it.

The IB Diploma Programme is an alternative to the A Level Programme.  It encapsulates everything we strive to achieve with our pupils at Hurst: as well as studying 6 subjects, there is a core comprising a course in the Theory of Knowledge, a CAS programme made up of Creativity, Action and Service, and an Extended Essay.
All subjects involve an element of coursework and there are external examinations in May of the Upper Sixth year.  Results are published early in July and, where necessary, examinations can be re-taken in the November or May of the year following completion of the course. 
Students choose six subjects in total, three at Higher Level and three at Standard Level, including one subject from each of the following five groups:

1.     English Literature or German Language and Literature
2.     English, French, Spanish, German, Latin
3.     History, Geography, Economics, Psychology, Philosophy
4.     Physics, Chemistry, Biology
5.     Mathematics or Mathematical Studies

Environmental Systems and Societies is a course covering both groups 3 and 4, giving students the ability to have a free choice for both their fifth and sixth subjects. The sixth subject is either another subject from groups 1-4 or a creative subject chosen from Music, Visual Arts and Theatre.  The College cannot guarantee that every combination of subjects will be possible.  A bilingual certification is awarded to students who study German in group 1.

To hear five of Hurst's current IB students talk about their course please click the play button, once the video box below has loaded


To hear an Upper Sixth form student from Germany talking about the IB and her life at Hurst please click the play button, once the video box below has loaded


To view a pdf version of the IB Programme Prospectus, please click here

A printed version of our IB prospectus is also available. To order your copy now, please either:
telephone Mrs Dianne Allison on 01273 836937