Pre-IB Summer Course

The Pre-IB Course is the best way to ensure you’re perfectly prepared to start the International Baccalaureate in the new academic year. Our unique programme of core workshops will introduce you to the most novel aspects of the IB, and our subject tuition will make sure you hit the ground running when classes start.

Pre-IB Summer Course, 2019

Core Pre IB Workshops

29th July -4th August 2019
Grey Coat Hospital School - Central London
Call us for final spaces: 020 3302 3868

Integral to the Pre-IB support we offer are our Core Workshops, which introduce students to the most novel and challenging aspects of the IB which often leave them most confused and unsure. From Theory of Knowledge to subject selection, Extended Essays to Mathematics core skills, our programme of workshops is the perfect opportunity for students to get to know the IB before term starts. Tutors at the course constitute the finest members of the the team, and have received exceptional feedback from Elite IB students over the year.

Core Workshops cover the most important aspects of the IB syllabus outside of subject syllabi, like Extended Essays, TOK, and Maths Core Skills.


We only work with tutors who excelled in the IB and who know the syllabus inside-out. That's why our average tutor score is 43.

The flexibility of the Pre-IB Course means you can construct a programme of workshops that perfectly matches your IB plans.

Core Workshops

The first two days of the course are dedicated to demystifying the IB diploma, and developing the core skills that you will need to excel in the program. Learn all about the Extended Essay, CAS and Theory of Knowledge components of the IB, and gain an introduction to IB level academic writing, time management, and calculator skills. We will reach out to students before the course to find out which areas you would most like to cover, and what questions you would like answered.

The Goals of the IB

Whether you are entering the IB from the Middle Years Programme, GCSEs, IGCSES, or another programme, it is always daunting to be faced with a new syllabus, new teachers and new classmates. This workshop will highlight the IB's goals and its differences from other programmes and answer questions you may have: what type of learner does the IB try to foster? What core skillsets do you need for IB success? How do I balance study time between my HLs and SLs? Are there techniques which you can put in place to help you hit the ground running?

Theory of Knowledge: An Introduction

Unique amongst educational programmes, the IB’s core Theory of Knowledge course can be daunting in its unfamiliarity. Our Theory of Knowledge workshop tutor will guide you through the groundwork so you can begin in September with a confident understanding of TOK. As part of the core, it is compulsory and contributes to the possible three bonus points on offer, which can be crucial in terms of university offers.

Mathematics in the IB

This workshop will consider the fundamental mathematical principles which run through many subjects in the IB: linear and quadratic equations, mathematical regression and many other techniques which every IB student should have up their sleeve. It will also provide students with the knowledge they need to correctly choose the right Maths course and level in their IB Diploma, exploring the different programmes and considering each student's mathematical aptitude and career goals.

Study Skills & Academic Writing

All students will have to write Internal Assessments, Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essays, and in this workshop, an English and History specialist and Academic Writing expert will look at the methods students must master to ensure a high-quality, analysis-driven approach to writing in the IB.

Subject Selection

Can I change between SL and HL after my first term? What can I do if I know I need HL Maths for university, but I just don’t think I can handle it? In this workshop, the focus will be on looking at those subjects which have the broadest appeal to universities and employers, and the questions to ask yourself as you make your choices, as well as providing an overview of the university application processes for both the UK and the USA.

Extended Essay Overview

This workshop provides an opportunity to learn the answers to some of the most common questions students have about the Extended Essay: What is the Extended Essay? Which subject shall I choose for mine? Are there certain subjects I should avoid? An Extended Essay specialist will highlight the importance of forward planning - finding the right teacher, selecting the best subject and researching your ideal topic all in good time.

UK University Exploration Day

A whole optional day of the course is dedicated towards understanding the UK university application process as an IB student and the options available for IB applicants. We recommend any student considering applying to the UK to attend this day. On top of a morning workshop, the afternoon offers students the chance to take part in a tour of some of London's most prestigious universities including King's College, London School of Economics, UCL and Imperial.

Pre-IB Course Structure
  29th-30th July 31st July 1st August 2nd August 3rd August 4th August
IB Core Workshops          
UCAS Day          
English Literature          
English Language & Literature          
Business Management          
Maths Analysis and Approaches          
Maths Applications and Interpretation          

Are you looking for support in a subject not listed above? Please let us know on [email protected] and we will be in touch to discuss alternative arrangements.

Get in touch

We're happy to answer your questions about the Pre-IB Summer Course. You can get in touch using the form below, or call us on +44(0)20 3302 3868.