What is the International Baccalauréate Diploma?

The IB Diploma is a two year pre-university programme for students aged 16 to 19. Schools offering the IB diploma follow a curriculum based on a holistic approach to education, incorporating languages, arts, science, maths, and social sciences. The IB diploma can be taken in English, French and Spanish, and leads to an internationally recognised qualification that is accepted by universities in over 100 countries. Since 2008, for students in Britain, the IB diploma has counted towards UCAS tariff points for entry to higher education. There are currently over 196 schools offering the IB Diploma in the UK.

For more information about the IB Diploma visit: http://www.ibo.org/

Social and Cultural Anthropology as a subject within the IB Diploma

A core part of the curriculum for the IB diploma is entitled Individuals and Societies, incorporating social sciences. Within this section, schools can offer history, geography, psychology or social anthropology. The aims of the social anthropology course in the IB programme are to enable students to:

• explore principles of social and cultural life and characteristics of societies and cultures
• develop an awareness of historical, scientific and social contexts within which social and cultural anthropology has developed
• develop in the student a capacity to recognise preconceptions and assumptions of their own social and cultural environments
• develop an awareness of relationships between local, regional, and global processes and issues.

This above information is taken from the IB Social and Cultural Anthropology Guide.


Several colleges in the UK offering anthropology as part of their IB Diploma:

Bexley Grammar school

Dane Court Grammar School

Hockerill Anglo-European College

The Malling School

Parkside Sixth

UWC Atlantic college

Truro and Penwith College


Resources for students:

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/- an online student community helping students with various aspects of student life.

Free RAI anthropology outreach events such as the London Anthropology Day and ESRC Festival of Social Science

Take a look at films about studying anthropology, careers and more on RAI's You Tube channel. 


Get involved in anthropology through the RAI's Education Outreach Programme

image © Nafisa Fera The RAI's Education Department organises events, activities, contests as well as produces teaching and learning materials for anyone interested in learning about anthropology. Take a look at the many ways to get involved with like-minded people who are passionate about the subject:



  • Become an RAI member: take a look here for all the benefits associated with joining the RAI.  
  • Attend an event: take a look at our events page for a list of various anthropological events which take place nationally. 
  • Take part in discussions by joining our community forum and our Facebook Group
  • Join our Student E-Network by emailing the RAI's This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Become a volunteer: the RAI's Education Department is always looking for enthusiastic individuals to help out with our outreach events, such as the London Anthropology Day and the ESRC Festival of Social Science. If you are interested in volunteering, email the RAI's This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Apply for an internship: interns form an essential part of the RAI's Educational Outreach Activities. If you are interested in becoming an intern for the RAI's Education Department, email the RAI's This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your CV and a cover letter. A minimum of two months is required in order to be considered. For further information about volunteering at the RAI, visit: http://www.therai.org.uk/about-the-rai/governance/getting-involved/
  • Be creative: If you have a poem, song, artwork or photographs which reflect anthropological topics, email the RAI's This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Take a look at the Your Space section for inspiration!


Disclaimer: The above information is provided for information and guidance only. It should not be interpreted as endorsement or otherwise by the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) for any external institution listed.  Furthermore, the RAI accepts no responsibility for material created by external parties or the content of external websites.