International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate

The international Baccalaureate is an academically-challenging international qualification which prepares pupils for success at university and global leadership.

Watson's is proud to be the only School in the world to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme alongside Scottish Qualifications.

  • About the IBDP

    GWC has been an IB accredited School since 2011. The values and approaches of the IB are entirely in keeping with Ex Corde Caritas and our quest to challenge ourselves and care for others.

    From the IB’s mission statement: “The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect [...]. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”

  • Student profile

    IB learners are:

    • inquirers
    • knowledgeable     
    • thinkers
    • communicators
    • principled
    • open-minded
    • caring
    • risk-takers
    • balanced
    • reflective
  • Curriculum

    The IB believes that breadth and depth of study are an important feature of school education and to this end pupils study six academic subjects throughout both S5 and S6; three at Standard Level and three at Higher Level.

    Pupils must choose one subject from each of the groups represented above, with the exception of the Arts: pupils can either choose an Arts subject or a second subject from the other five groups.

    IB Diagram ©IBO 2012

    The IB Diploma Programme aims to develop the whole person beyond purely their academic potential. Theory of Knowledge; Creativity, Action and Service; and the Extended Essay; the three compulsory components of the ‘Core’, have a strong role to play in this.

    Extended Essay (EE)

    4000 word independent research paper on topic of choice.

    Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

    Course in critical thinking and inquiry.

    Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

    Programme of activities designed to enhance personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning.

  • Understanding assessment
    • Exams undertaken in S6 only
    • 20% - 100% coursework component
    • Points out of 45 total, 24 minimum
      • 7 points per subject
      • 3 additional points for EE/TOK
      • No points for CAS, although it is a requirement of the DP
  • Results

    Pass Rate

    Average Score

  • Benefits of studying the IBDP
    • Breadth and depth
    • Excellent preparation for Further Education
    • International outlook
    • Relevant, constantly revised content
    • Different teaching approaches
    • Smaller classes
    • Easily tailored to your interests


  • Fiona Glen

    "I feel that my diploma is hard-earned and I love the internationalism and flexibility that having a universally comparable IB grade promotes. I can be fairly compared with students from Beijing, Beirut or Brasilia, and I feel equipped to take on the world.
    Energy and passion are the key factors to making IB your own, and I felt fulfilled each time a goal was reached. I believe that this rewarding element shaped all of us into individuals with a strong work ethic who know the value of our time and thinking power, qualities that will help us for the rest of our lives. I can safely say that we are not just more globally aware for having taken IB, but also more self-aware."

    Fiona Glen

    Fiona Glen
    Class of 2013

  • "I think the IB was a great decision for me and has given me a lot more confidence in my own learning abilities, and my academic skills than I think I would have gained if I had taken another route."

    Courtney Levey
    Class of 2013

  • Kinga Kaluszynska

    "In my opinion, IB is a brilliant course; it shapes you to be a more independent and intuitive student. You learn more than just how to memorise and regurgitate answers in order to pass exams, because you have time to actually learn what interests you. A lot of the time, you get to choose what you want to study, or write an essay about, and this often means you enjoy it a bit more. So far I’ve really been enjoying it, and I highly recommend it anyone considering it."

    Kinga Kaluszynska

    Kinga Kaluszynska