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Bridgwater & Taunton College is currently the only state-funded college in Somerset to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

This challenging and exciting two year course is an internationally recognised alternative to A Levels and provides a Level 3 qualification that is accepted and highly regarded by top universities and employers worldwide. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is ideal for those highly motivated, academic students who have an interest and ability across a wide range of subjects.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) has British and international recognition for entry into a very wide range of higher education courses and professional training options. It is especially good for entry into law, medicine and journalism. It is highly suitable if you want to work overseas with organisations such as Amnesty International, the United Nations and in diplomatic posts.

Apply Online

You can apply for the IBDP online, using the button below. During the process, when you have entered your personal details, you will be able to pick the courses you wish to study.

Apply Online

The programme

As part of this programme you will study six subjects from the following six groups

Group 1: English

Group 2: Languages

Group 3: Humanities

Group 4: Sciences

Group 5: Mathematics

Group 6: The Arts

There is also the opportunity for students not to study a subject from Group 6 but instead choose a second subject from groups 2, 3 or 4.

All students will study the Core alongside their studies which is made up of three separate components, these are:

Academic Scholarship

In order to continue to attract the most gifted and talented students to Bridgwater & Taunton College, we have recently introduced the Academic Scholarship Programme.

This is an exciting opportunity, aimed at high achieving young people wanting to progress to high ranking universities, conservatoires or medical schools and are only available to students of Bridgwater & Taunton College who are under 19 on August 31 on their year of enrolment.

Academic Scholarship Application Form

What our students say

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Student Megan Coutin

Megan Coutin

My favourite time at College was when we travelled to Morocco to volunteer in the small village. It was an amazing experience and I felt so lucky to have that opportunity. We hiked in the Atlas Mountains, worked and spent time with the villagers, and also spent two days in Marrakech. My time at College has prepared me for university by teaching me to organise my work and the importance of effective revision. Being surrounded by people who were striving to do well has helped me to work harder”

Originally from New York State, USA, is going to Newcastle University to Study Politics and International Relations with French.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Student Aidan Peppin

Aidan Peppin

Without doubt, travelling to Morocco with the IBDP was the most incredible experience of my life. Not only was it my first real experience of travelling — giving me an appetite for more — but the bonds built with the other members of the trip, and those who we met during our travels, coupled with the sights, sounds and even the smells of the trip will remain with me forever.”

Former student of Chilton Trinity in Bridgwater, Aidan is studying Drama at Queen Mary University whilst preparing to take a short comedy on tour culminating in a performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.