Curriculum - Key Stage 5 - Westminster Academy

Curriculum - Key Stage 5

At key stage 5, Sixth Form students follow the International Baccalaureate curriculum. This framework has the advantage of being consistent across all IB schools all over the world.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)

The IBDP curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the IB Core. To view the courses available at Westminster Academy, please visit our IBDP page. For more information about the curriculum content, please select a subject group or Core element below.

IBDP subject groups


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

  • The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word essay.

  • Creativity, activity, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching and learning in the IBDP takes place in small classes, taught by specialist teachers. As such, teachers build strong relationships with students and are able to effectively challenge and motivate them to achieve their full potential in all aspects of the Diploma. The Academy strives to encourage independent inquiry, develop students’ self-management and workplace skills, nurture open minds and develop global awareness and connectivity.


International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme

The IBCP is a three-part educational framework consisting of courses from the IB Diploma Programme, a career-related study and the IBCP Core.

Courses from the IBDP

IBCP students at Westminster Academy study two IB courses. To view the curriculum content, please select from the six subject groups listed above under ‘IBDP subject groups’.

Career-related studies

Students study one of the BTEC Extended Diploma programmes listed below. Please select a subject for more information regarding the curriculum content.

Applied science



Creative Media Production

The IBCP Core

The IBCP Core enhances the personal and interpersonal development of students, with an emphasis on experiential learning. The four interrelated components which form the Core are:

  • Personal and Professional Skills

  • Service Learning

  • Reflective Project

  • Language Development

For more information about the IBCP Core curriculum, please click here.

Teaching and Learning

IBCP learning places an emphasis on practical skills developed through projects, such as filming, building websites or preparing business plans to pitch to investors. Classes aim to equip students with the professional skills, academic strength, research skills and international perspective for university, employment and life-long learning.

For more information about the IBCP at Westminster Academy, please visit our IBCP page.

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