Academics at UWCT

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected programmes of international education that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalising world.

Founded in 1986, the IB has a hard-earned reputation for high standards of teaching, pedagogical leadership and student achievement. There are currently over 4,000 IB schools and tens of thousands of IB educators spanning 150 countries around the world.

How is the IB different?

The IB aims to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.

  • It encourages students to think critically and challenge what they are told
  • It is independent of governments and national systems, and therefore able to incorporate best practice from a range of international frameworks and curricula
  • It encourages students to consider both their local and international environment

Through IB programmes, students ‘learn how to learn’. They are encouraged to try different approaches to learning and to take responsibility for their own educational progress. The IB programmes help students to:

  • Ask challenging questions
  • Think critically
  • Develop research skills proven to help them in higher education

For more information, please visit the IB website.


Ages 3-12

Preparing students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child.


Ages 11-16

A challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. It is inclusive by design; students of all interests and academic abilities can benefit from their participation.


Ages 16-19

Research suggests many benefits to choosing this programme. It aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.