Sixth Form and IB


Joining our Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13) will be the starting point of the two most challenging and exciting years of your academic career as you embark upon your International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

The personal qualities and academic approaches that you will be encouraged to develop and share during your time in the Sixth Form will prepare you effectively and thoroughly to deal not only with the momentous personal and academic change involved in moving on to university or employment but also the changing world in which you will live.

As a Sixth Form student here with us you will benefit from a high degree of individual attention and a careful system of academic mentoring led by Form Tutors, subject teachers and the Sixth Form Team. Collectively we work so that students can study with clear focus and purpose to attain the grades they require to enter the university course of their choice and carve out the career they wish to pursue.

IB Mission Statement & Learner Profile

'The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.' IB Mission Statement 

The IB  Learner Profile (2013) is the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century. The learner profile provides a long-term vision of education. It is a set of ideals that can inspire, motivate and focus the work of schools and teachers, uniting them in a common purpose.

IB Learner Profile

The Sixth Form Team

The Sixth Form Team works with Year 12 and 13 students to provide the help and support needed as they move through the busy and exciting time that is the Sixth Form at the BSM. The Director and Deputy Head of Sixth Form work closely with the Director of IB, the CAS and Extended Essay and ToK Co-ordinators.

IB Programme


The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the core programme.

The six subject groups are  (please note not all the subjects listed in the IBO website are on offer at the BSM):

Studies in language and literature

Language acquisition

Individuals and societies



The arts

There are different courses within each subject group.

Made up of the three required components, the DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.

The three core elements are:

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

Choosing subjects in the Diploma Programme

Students choose courses from the following subject groups: studies in language and literature; language acquisition; individuals and societies; sciences; mathematics; and the arts.

Students may opt to study an additional sciences, individuals and societies, or languages course, instead of a course in the arts.

Students will take three subjects at higher level (HL) and three at standard level (SL).  HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level.

At the BSM students can choose from the courses listed in our IB Booklets below:

SIXTH FORM BOOKLET 2017-19 - Current Year 13

SIXTH FORM BOOKLET 2018-20 - Current Year 12

SIXTH FORM BOOKLET 2019-21 - Prospective Year 12

For information for those students wishing to apply to universities in Italy following completion of the IB Diploma:

Recognition of IB Diploma For Admission to Universities and Colleges in Italy

Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS)


The nature of Creativity, Activity, Service


...if you believe in something, you must not just think or talk or write, but must act.
Peterson (2003)

“Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) is at the heart of the IB Diploma Programme. It is one of the three essential elements in every student’s Diploma Programme experience. It involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme. The three strands of CAS, which are often interwoven with particular activities, are characterized as follows:

  • Creativity: arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking.
  • Activity: physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the Diploma Programme.
  • Service: an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student. The rights, dignity and autonomy of all those involved are respected.”
What is CAS?

CAS enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning. At the same time, it provides an important counterbalance to the academic pressures of the rest of the IB Diploma Programme or school life. Each individual student has a different starting point, and therefore different goals and needs, but for many their CAS activities include experiences that are profound and life-changing. For student development to occur, CAS should involve:

  • real, purposeful activities, with significant outcomes;
  • personal challenge—tasks that extend the student and are achievable in scope;
  • thoughtful consideration, such as planning, reviewing progress and reporting;
  • reflection on outcomes and personal learning.

All proposed CAS activities need to meet these four criteria. It is also essential that they do not replicate other parts of the student’s Diploma Programme work.

CAS activities should continue on a regular basis for at least 18 months. Successful completion of CAS is a requirement for the award of the IB Diploma. CAS is not formally assessed but students need to document their activities and provide evidence that they have achieved eight key learning outcomes. The School’s CAS programme is regularly monitored by the IBO regional office.

Learning Resources Centre


'The underlying aim of the LRC is to promote independent learning, in an attractive, relaxing environment, where reading for pleasure is encouraged.'

The Learning Resources Centre (LRC), an important research facility for students and staff, is open from 08.30 to 15.30 daily. The facility is at the heart of the School’s IB Programme, and provides the whole Senior School community with a wealth of up-to-date fiction, reference books, journals and a range of online material.

Facilities and Resources
The LRC has a study area with 17 computers and printing facilities. This facility houses the non-fiction section area of the LRC and is available to students for private research, and for staff to book for lessons. The main area is divided into three sections:

  • Fiction Library
  • Sixth Form Study Centre (with six more computers)  
  • Presentation Suite (with projector, screen and sound system)

The LRC is well stocked with a range of publications and archives that support the educational objectives of the School. Subscriptions include:

  • The Week
  • The Economist
  • Time
  • Geographical Magazine
  • The New Scientist
  • Philosophy Now
  • History Today
  • Modern Foreign Language Learning Magazines

The BSM also subscribes to JSTOR, an online library for secondary school students. IB students can access a wide selection of academic sources and research tools either from School or from home using their school email address.

The library's bookshelves are well stocked with classics of world literature, award-winning fiction and non-fiction as well as the latest teen fiction titles. Regular displays in the facility include “Book of the Week” and mini card book reviews, written by students and staff.

We listen to the Student Voice. Its members are encouraged to recommend resources for purchase and use in the LRC.

Scholarship for IB

The British School of Milan

IB Diploma Scholarship Programme (Year 12)

Three academic scholarships awarded annually to students of high academic ability

A Scholarship is a prestigious award that recognises a student's academic performance, potential and participation in school life. As role models, scholars will be leading members of the Sixth Form and the broader school community.

The scholarships are open on a competitive basis to all candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria. The award of all scholarships will be based on merit.


Who are the Scholarships for?

The scholarships are for entry into Year 12, age 16+, the first year of the two-year IB Diploma course, and will last for two years.

When will they be valid from?

The scholarships will be valid for entry to Year 12 in September 2020.

Can anyone apply?

As long as you meet the eligibility criteria, then you can apply.

What are the eligibility criteria?

  1. Candidates must be born on or between 1st September 2002 and 31st August 2004. Those born before or after this date are not eligible for consideration for a scholarship for September 2020, but could apply next year for a scholarship for September 2021.
  2. Candidates are expected to be in the top ten per cent of the cohort in academic terms and be fluent in spoken and written English. As a guide in deciding whether or not to apply, for those students currently following the English National Curriculum it is likely that they are being predicted to achieve a minimum of 5 A* grades at I/GCSE including, where appropriate, those subjects they intend to study at IB Diploma level. Candidates currently attending an Italian school are likely to have achieved a minimum grade score (voto medio) of 8.5 in their most recent annual school report (pagella). For those students following different curricula, the expectation is that they would be predicted to achieve an IB Diploma score of at least 38 points.
  3. In addition to academic excellence, candidates for a Sixth Form Scholarship are expected to be able to demonstrate commitment to and active participation in a broad spectrum of co-curricular activity beyond the classroom, for example music, drama, sport, social and charitable service, etc..

Can I apply if I already attend the BSM?


How many scholarships will be awarded?

A minimum of one and a maximum of three scholarships will be awarded each year. In exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Principal, additional awards may be made.

How long does an award last?

The award is for two academic years (Years 12 and 13).

What is the value of a scholarship?

The value of individual awards will be means-tested and could be as much as 100% of the tuition fee for the relevant year. The minimum value of an award will be equivalent of 20% of the tuition fee for the year concerned. The value of individual scholarships will be based on declared family income and resources following a set procedure. At the discretion of the Principal, other fees may be waived for new entrants to the School.

All awards are subject to annual testing of parental means and may be varied upward or downward depending on parental circumstances.

How are scholarships awarded?

Scholarships are awarded on merit following the scholarship assessment, the interview and a satisfactory reference from the Head Teacher of the pupil’s current school and/or the most recent school report.

What form does the scholarship assessment take?

The scholarship assessment comprises two elements:

  • One written assessment, testing general intelligence
  • scholarship interview

Who will set the examinations?

The examination is an internationally recognised, standardised test set independently by a university.  It is designed to allow candidates to demonstrate their potential for outstanding achievement at IB.

What language will the written examination be in?

The examination will be in English.

Will practice papers be available?

No, as preparation is not necessary.

Where will the scholarship examination take place?

The examinations will take place at the school on the date specified in the schedule below.

What is the scholarship interview?

This is a formal interview with members of the Scholarship Committee - comprising the Director of IB and the Director of Sixth Form. The interview will last about thirty minutes and will include discussion of the candidate’s performance in the examination, their interests and motivation for wishing to be a Scholar. Only candidates who have performed sufficiently well in the written examination will be invited back for interview.

Is there a specific pass mark to be achieved to be invited for the scholarship interview?

There is no pass mark as such. The results of the written examination will be considered by the Scholarship Committee and decisions made as to who will be invited back for the second phase of the process.

What language will the interview be conducted in?

All interviews will be conducted in English.

Who makes the decision on the award of the scholarships?

The decision to award a Scholarship will be made by the Principal on the recommendation of the Scholarship Committee.

Are members of the Board of Governors involved in the process of awarding scholarships?

The Board plays no part in the deliberations of the Scholarship Committee or decisions relating to the award of scholarships.

What is the schedule for awarding scholarships?

The schedule for the award of scholarships is as follows:

Registration Closing Date Thursday 31 October 2019 
Date of Scholarship Assessment Tuesday 12 November 2019
Date of Interviews Tuesday 10 December 2019
Announcement of Scholarship Award  Friday 13 December 2019

Late applicants will not be considered for a scholarship.

If a candidate is not available on the dates specified, can the examinations and/or interview take place on different dates?

No. Candidates should ensure that they are available on the dates specified.

Once awarded are there any conditions associated with the tenure of a scholarship?

The continuation of a Scholarship is dependent upon good school reports for effort and achievement, attendance and punctuality. The Principal has the discretion to reduce and/or withdraw an award where:
•    a pupil’s progress, attitude, behaviour, attendance and punctuality are deemed to have been unsatisfactory;
•    the parents/guardians have failed to support the School, for example by the late payment of any contribution they are making to the fees, or failure to adhere to the Parental Code of Conduct.

How do I apply?

Candidates who wish to apply for a scholarship should complete the Sixth Form Scholarship Application Form available here or below. The completed form should be sent to by the closing date in October.

At the time of submission, scanned copies of the following must also be attached to the application form:
•    A copy of the applicant’s passport data page(s) or national identity card
•    A copy of the applicant’s most recent school report (pagella)

Further Information
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