International Baccalaureate

Villiers School is the only Boarding School in Ireland authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme as an international alternative to the traditional Irish Leaving Certificate.


International Baccalaureate students at Villiers School study six subjects within the following categories: Language & Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals & Societies, Sciences, Mathematics and The Arts.

Core Elements

IB Students at Villiers School also study the core elements of the IB - Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), The Extended Essay (EE) and Theory of Knowledge (TOK).

International Mindedness

A global mindset is at the heart of the IBDP at Villiers School. IB students understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities.

The International Baccalaureate is an educational experience for students that challenges and motivates, academically and personally.

The IB programme focuses on teaching students to think critically and independently, and how to inquire with care and logic. The IB prepares students to succeed in a world where facts and fiction merge in the news, and where asking the right questions is a crucial skill. IB inspires a lifelong quest for learning, infused with enthusiasm and empathy. IB programmes address social, emotional, and physical well-being and encourage students to become active, compassionate, lifelong learners.

The home of Villiers School IB Diploma Programme is within the stunning interiors of Derravoher House.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is a two-year programme for Senior Cycle students. All students study six subjects: three at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. In addition, students write an Extended Essay and follow a critical thinking course entitled Theory of Knowledge. Participation in creative activities, sport and service is also required.

By coming to Villiers, I have been able to take the opportunity to study the IBDP (International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme), which is globally recognised, making it easier to apply to colleges abroad.
Amy, Ireland
I thought I would stay here just for one year and then I would go back to Germany. Fortunately, I’m still here and an IB student. Of course, I have to study more and work more independently, but it’s nice to see the progress and the improvement.
Yara, Germany
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