Whilst their A-level colleagues still have a few weeks to wait, sixth form students at Rossall School are celebrating after receiving the results of their international exams. Rossall achieved an 81% pass rate in this year’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, which is offered by the school alongside the traditional A Level courses.
Pupils who opt for the IB diploma are required to study a broader range of subjects than A-levels, including languages and literature as well as Humanities, Science, Maths with the option to study Arts subjects.
The qualification, which is internationally recognised by all of the world’s leading universities, also requires students to do research and write a 4,000 word Extended Essay on a topic of their choice, as well as completing CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) projects.
Students must achieve a minimum of 24 points out of a possible 45 in order to pass the diploma.
Rossall student, Roddy June Lau was awarded 40 points for his diploma, the equivalent of 4 A* grades at A-level. 19-year-old Roddy, who studied Economics, Physics, Business, Chinese Literature, English, Mathematics and Philosophy as an additional subject hopes to go on to study Philosophy at the University College London (UCL).
He said: “It was always my ambition to do the IB. I was rejected from one of the top schools in China who offer the Diploma and so I always wanted to complete it to prove that I could. Rossall offered me a scholarship and the teaching they gave me was invaluable. Dr Dohmen was extremely supportive throughout my studies and my Physics teacher, Mr Simms, was a legend!”
Fellow student Felix Kohlhas from Germany achieved 42 points, placing him at the very top of worldwide results.
He said: “I want to thank Dr Dohmen for the great level of support she gave me. The A in my Extended Essay and the Level 6 in German have really surprised me. Without her feedback and guidance it certainly would not have been possible.”
Felix is now waiting until August to sit for the entrance examination for the prestigious ETH Zürich where he hopes to study Electrical and Information Technology.
Dr Doris Dohmen, IB Coordinator at Rossall, said: “The International Baccalaureate is an exceptionally challenging programme of study, so we are immensely proud of our students. Their results are testament to their hard work and dedication over the last two years and we wish them every success for the future.”