What is the International Baccalaureate?
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a rigorous two-year programme recognised internationally for:
- offering academic, personal and social development
- allowing students to personalise their learning programme from a broad base of languages, Mathematics, Sciences and Arts
- giving students the opportunity to learn skills which are relevant to future undergraduate and life long learning whilst gaining a strong knowledge base in their chosen fields
Students who enjoy the challenge of learning in the English language and are willing to put significant effort into their academic and personal development can opt for the IB, provided they can show evidence of academic success in the past. Students must take 3 or 4 courses as Higher Level subjects and the rest at Standard Level.
Over the years, success in these examinations has led to an increasing number of Markham students entering some of the best universities around the world. Details of student placement at such universities can be obtained from the Careers and Counselling Department on request.
Preparation to enter Peruvian and international universities
The IB Diploma Programme facilitates direct access to the UK and other European universities and also Australian, New Zealand and Canadian universities which may make students the offer of a place conditional on gaining certain overall and/or specific grades.
Students interested in US university entrance may prepare for SAT entrance examinations while doing the IB Diploma; the SAT examination may now be taken at Markham College.
Most private Peruvian universities accept 24 Diploma points for direct entry. Some others give credits towards the first year of general studies for IB students with 32 points or higher, in addition to accrediting certain courses depending on the IB grade obtained.
What does the IB programme consist of?
A two-year course at Markham College (Sixth Form: 5B & 6B)
Considered to be a very rigorous academic programme
Taught almost entirely in English
Excellent preparation for university both here in Peru and abroad
Students who choose to follow this course must agree to stay on at school for a sixth year of study. We have sustained this policy for more than 16 years with a high degree of success.
What subjects does it include?
Students are expected to complete the following courses which may be taken at a higher or standard level:
At least one first language (English, Spanish or French)
Mathematics (several levels are available for different career choices)
At least one Science course (several choices are available for different career choices)
At least one Humanities course (several choices are available for different career choices)
P.E. (Physical Education): Markham requires all IB students to continue with weekly P.E. classes for the two years of the Programme
Choice of elective: an arts subject or another language first or second level (English, Spanish or French) or another science or humanity
Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and a 4,000 word extended essay
Complete a course in CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service)
The IB Diploma Programme options for subjects at Markham include:
Science: Biology; Design and Technology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Physics; Sports: Exercise and Health Science; and Environmental Systems and Societies
Humanities: Economics; Geography; History; Psychology and Environmental Systems and Societies
Arts and Languages: Film; French; Music; Theatre and Visual Arts
2020 International Examination Results
Unfortunately, in 2020, due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the school was unable to administer final examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. However, official grades were awarded to the students on the basis of their coursework, oral work and internal assessments, and many obtained excellent levels of achievement in their on-line lessons.
- 94 students received the Diploma, our highest-ever number
- The average points score of 33.05 was above average for results obtained at the school since the introduction of the Diploma
- 6 students achieved a points score of 40 or above
We are particularly pleased and proud of the results of all of our students who responded magnificently to the challenges they experienced throughout the year. If circumstances permit, it is hoped that these examinations will be available for them in 2021.
In 2019, the school entered 97 students for the IB Diploma with a choice of study from 41 different subjects and levels. This was both our largest-ever student entry and our largest-ever offering of courses. The average point score of 33.14 is above average for results obtained at the school since the Diploma was introduced and is nearly 5 points above the world average of 28.48. We are very proud that Philippe Chabaneix obtained the maximum points score of 45 points.
*Markham College has a policy of complete transparency in regard to the levels of academic achievement of our students and we have always been proud to publish our public examination results on our website in full.