International Baccalaureate in Zaragoza

WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE?

WHAT IS THE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME?

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is an educational programme with its own assessment system for students aged 16-19.

The programme aims to develop students who achieve excellent breadth and depth of knowledge while growing physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.

Programme

The fundamental aim of the IB programmes is to develop internationally minded individuals who, aware of their common humanity and shared responsibility for the planet, contribute to creating a better and more peaceful world.

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Facilities

Students have quiet and pleasant spaces in which to relax and work, which enhances their autonomy to learn how to learn.

WHY STUDY THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE AT BRITISH SCHOOL

We are the only centre in Zaragoza where it is possible to study the IB with the maximum teaching load in English (up to 70% depending on the subjects chosen), allowing the student to obtain the Bilingual Diploma.

We have a wide range of interesting subjects so that the student has greater freedom of choice.

The characteristics of our programme allow us to admit students from different parts of the world, which positions us as a school of international reference in the educational sector.

Our facilities are equipped with the latest technology in the laboratories, art rooms, video and radio editing rooms and the library. The classrooms are arranged according to the needs of the class: large groups, small groups, pairs, individual or mixed, developing the most innovative active methodologies in education. Students have quiet and pleasant spaces where they can relax and work, which enhances their autonomy to learn how to learn.

The use of technology is a defining characteristic of our school. Each pupil in Baccalaureate has their own Macbook and all the necessary software applications to work on a daily basis.

Each student is assigned a personal tutor who will accompany and guide them throughout their Baccalaureate. We continuously monitor the student’s progress and are in close contact with the family through tutorials.

This programme is an exciting and motivating challenge for students, families and teachers.

WHY STUDY THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE AT BRITISH SCHOOL

We are the only centre in Zaragoza where it is possible to study the IB with the maximum teaching load in English (up to 70% depending on the subjects chosen), allowing the student to obtain the Bilingual Diploma.

We have a wide range of interesting subjects so that the student has greater freedom of choice.

The characteristics of our programme allow us to admit students from different parts of the world, which positions us as a school of international reference in the educational sector.

Our facilities are equipped with the latest technology in the laboratories, art rooms, video and radio editing rooms and the library. The classrooms are arranged according to the needs of the class: large groups, small groups, pairs, individual or mixed, developing the most innovative active methodologies in education. Students have quiet and pleasant spaces where they can relax and work, which enhances their autonomy to learn how to learn.

The use of technology is a defining characteristic of our school. Each pupil in Baccalaureate has their own Macbook and all the necessary software applications to work on a daily basis.

Each student is assigned a personal tutor who will accompany and guide them throughout their Baccalaureate. We continuously monitor the student’s progress and are in close contact with the family through tutorials.

This programme is an exciting and motivating challenge for students, families and teachers.

"We offer a wide range of interesting subjects to give the student more freedom."

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GET TO KNOW OUR NEW FACILITIES

Our new building is a benchmark in the field of innovation and school architecture. A new bioclimatic building that responds to our exclusive methodology focused on the acquisition of leadership skills, communication, creativity and shared knowledge.

It has flexible, multi-purpose, glazed and bright classrooms; versatile and ergonomic furniture; video and radio editing rooms; spaces for students; a bioclimatic atrium for common use; laboratories; art and music spaces; a slide to go down to the playground and a cafeteria. It will be a place under the heading of school neuroarchitecture and at the service of all.
 

Learn all about the International Baccalaureate!

The fundamental aim of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes is to develop internationally minded individuals who, aware of their common humanity and shared responsibility for the planet, contribute to creating a better and more peaceful world.

As members of the IB learning community, we strive to be:

INQUIRERS

We cultivate our curiosity, while developing enquiry and research skills. We know how to learn autonomously and together with others. We learn with enthusiasm and maintain this eagerness to learn throughout our lives.

INFORMED AND LITERATE

We develop and use our conceptual understanding by exploring knowledge in a variety of disciplines. we engage with ideas and issues of local and global importance.

THINKERS

We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and act responsibly on complex problems. We act on our own initiative in making reasoned and ethical decisions.

GOOD COMMUNICATORS

We express ourselves confidently and creatively in a variety of languages, idioms and manners. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

INTEGRAL

We act with integrity and honesty, with a deep sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our own actions and their consequences.

OPEN-MINDED

We develop a critical appreciation of our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and consider different points of view and are willing to learn from experience.

SOLIDARITY

We show empathy, sensitivity and respect. we are committed to helping others and act with the purpose of making a positive difference to people’s lives and the world around us.

AUDACES

We approach uncertainty with foresight and determination with foresight and determination. We work autonomously and collaboratively to exploit new ideas and innovative strategies. We show ingenuity and resilience when faced with change and challenges.

BALANCED

We understand the importance of physical, mental and emotional balance in achieving wellbeing for ourselves and others. We recognise our interdependence on others and the world in which we live.

REFLECTIVE

We carefully evaluate the world and our own ideas and experiences. We strive to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to contribute to our learning and personal development.

The learning community profile encompasses ten attributes valued by IB World Schools. We are convinced that these attributes, and others like them, can help individuals and groups to be responsible members of local, national and global communities.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE?

It is a baccalaureate of international prestige, very suitable for our students who are used to communicating in this language and which today is the best preparation for higher education and a professional future. The teaching is centred on the student, who has greater freedom of choice of subjects and develops a personal service project with an impact on society.

It allows students to access any university degree, making their baccalaureate a motivating and enthusiastic challenge. It is not necessary to take the university entrance exam.

Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme are highly valued by universities for their high level of competence.

It is a commitment to the future, in line with the demands of companies.

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ACCESS TO UNIVERSITY AND THE WORLD OF WORK

Access to Spanish Public Universities

Students do not have to take the EVAU (Selectividad). The grade equivalent to the General Phase of the EVAU (access grade out of 10 points) is calculated by averaging the grades obtained in the 6 subjects of the PD. A conversion formula is applied which results in the following equivalences:

The 4 additional points that a student can obtain in the Specific Phase of the EVAU with the mark of two subjects to increase their access mark, can be obtained through two mutually compatible ways:

  • Taking the mark of the grade obtained in the PD in these two subjects.
  • Taking the specific UNED exam for these two subjects.
  • The student can choose the best mark obtained in either of the two ways.
Access to Spanish Private Universities

Please check with each university the access requirements for students with an International Baccalaureate.

Access to Foreign Universities

Please check with each university the access requirements for students with an International Baccalaureate.

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) at the British School of Aragon is recognised and respected by the world’s leading universities.

By studying with the IB, students develop essential skills for university success. Through our programmes, students develop:

  • An understanding and appreciation of research
  • Presentation and communication skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Report writing skills
  • A sense of international mindedness and intercultural understanding
  • Time management skills

HOW ARE THE SUBJECTS ORGANISED?

The curriculum of the Diploma Programme (DP) of the International Baccalaureate® (IB) sets out the requirements for the programme. The curriculum consists of the DP Common Core and six subject groups.

The DP Common Core, which is made up of three core components, aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.

The three core components are as follows:

Theory of Knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and how we know what we claim to know.

The Monograph, which is a student-led independent research project culminating in a 4,000 word essay.

Creativity, Activity and Service, in which students complete a project related to these three concepts.

The subject groups are as follows:

  • Group I: Language and Literature Studies
  • Group II: Language Acquisition
  • Group III: Individuals and Societies
  • Group IV: Science
  • Group V: Mathematics
  • Group VI: Arts
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HOW IS THE IB ASSESSED?

 

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In the IB Diploma Programme, assessment is taken to a higher level. The purpose of this assessment is to assess the extent to which students have mastered advanced academic skills to meet these objectives, such as:

  • Analysis and presentation of information
  • Evaluation and argumentation
  • Creative problem solving
  • Basic skills are also assessed, including:
  • Retention of knowledge
  • Understanding of key concepts
  • Application of standard methods

In the DP, students are awarded a grade ranging from 1 to 7 (the highest) for each subject they study.

The student’s final Diploma Programme score combines the scores for all subjects. The Diploma is awarded to students who score at least 24 points and is subject to certain minimum levels of performance, including successful completion of the three core components of the DP.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Do IB students have to take the EVAU (Selectividad) if they want to access national universities?

Students do not have to take the EVAU (Selectividad). The grade equivalent to the General Phase of the EVAU (access grade out of 10 points) is calculated by averaging the grades obtained in the 6 subjects of the PD. A conversion formula is applied which results in the following equivalences

The 4 additional points that a student can obtain in the Specific Phase of the EVAU with the marks of two subjects to increase their access mark can be obtained in two mutually compatible ways:

  • Taking the mark of the grade obtained in the PD in these two subjects.
  • Taking the specific UNED exam for these two subjects.

The student can choose the best mark obtained in either of the two ways.

What is the percentage of IB subjects in English at The British School of Aragon?

The maximum level of English that can be achieved in an IB with our mother tongue being Spanish. The IB considers the study of the mother tongue to be fundamental and does not leave it out. At our school, the learning of English is also fundamental.  Depending on each student’s choice of subjects, it can vary between 35% and 70%.

How much extra effort does it take for a student to take the IB as opposed to the national baccalaureate?

It is important that the student has a positive attitude of responsibility and autonomy and is able to plan ahead. Self-motivation is essential.

The in-depth study required by the IB requires an important effort to analyse, relate, propose and create in order to achieve critical thinking that will enable them to have a global knowledge of the world at the end of their studies and to be able to consider how to contribute to its improvement.

Is it worth it if you are going to study at a Spanish university?

Yes, both the academic preparation and the paracurricular skills (social, thinking, communication, research and self-management skills) are an added value of the IB.

When are the DP subjects chosen?

Students in the 4th year of ESO receive information about the IB throughout the academic year and choose their subjects in the 2nd term of the academic year. Incoming students will receive the information once they have been admitted after the admissions process and will choose their subjects at that time.

Can a student change subject or subject level (upper intermediate) once the IB course has started?

Yes, as long as they do so in the first term of the course.

What does Middle Level and Upper Level mean in the subjects?

Most subjects can be taken at two levels: 

Intermediate Level: 150 hours. This is a very good level of the subject.

Higher level: 240 hours. This is a more in-depth level for those students with greater interest and ability in the subject.

Each student must take 3 higher level subjects and 3 intermediate level subjects.

Can I do the IB if I have learning difficulties?

The IB is inclusive and one of the principles of the teaching approach is that it should be differentiated to meet the needs of all students.

The student’s attitude to study is very important, as well as prior guidance in the choice of subjects according to their interests and abilities.

Es muy importante la actitud del alumno ante el estudio e igualmente la orientación previa en la elección de materias de acuerdo a sus intereses y capacidades

Does the IB enhance analytical skills? Is memory not necessary? How does it work?

Yes, it does strengthen the capacity for analysis and memory in a significant way. It is always memorised by encouraging comprehension, application and analysis of what has been memorised.

What are the criteria for admission to the IB at The British School of Aragón?

In order to gain admission to our International Baccalaureate we will assess the following aspects in a personal interview:

  •  English language proficiency
  • Proficiency in Spanish (for students with another mother tongue).
  • Personal handwritten letter from the student explaining their interest in studying IB at The British School of Aragón.
  • Letter of recommendation from the school of origin
  • Experiences and projects related to the social field
  • Certificate of marks obtained in the last evaluation in 4th ESO

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