The IB Diploma stretches pupils by pushing them beyond the comfort zone of their two or three strongest subjects. We believe that this is inherently valuable because it not only improves their mental agility and resilience, but it also keeps educational doors open much longer, rather than closing off potential paths for future interests and studies too early.

IB Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), we believe, is the best possible pathway for our sixth form pupils. All pupils study six subjects drawn from six groups, with three taken to the higher level (HL). This approach enables them to develop a broader knowledge base yet demands significant depth. This is a combination that understandably is highly respected by the world’s most prestigious universities and higher education institutions.

Why IB

  • Critical thinking 
  • Balanced Programme
  • Recognised worldwide

Beyond the six academic subjects, the IBDP includes three core requirements – the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge, and Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) – that aim to enrich their experiences as learners. Collectively, these elements serve as a platform for pupils to achieve greater personal and academic development during their time in the sixth form. By the end of the programme, we believe that they will be more mature, capable and responsible young adults, well equipped to take on the challenges of higher education and their future career paths regardless of where this takes them.


IB learner profile

IB learners strive to be:
  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective


More information on the details of the programme and the courses on offer can be found in the IB Diploma Programme

We recognise and reward academic excellence by offering a limited number of academic scholarships to pupils in Years 12 and 13 studying the IBDP. IB Scholars will play a significant role in the life of the College and will be expected to demonstrate leadership in the encouragement of non-scholarship holding pupils.


Awards of up to 50%* of the annual tuition fees will be offered to applicants who can demonstrate a consistent and proven track record of excellent academic performance.

Applicants should also have:

  • leadership potential;
  • an exemplary behavioural record, unfailing kindness to their peers; and
  • an ability to act as a mentor and role model.

Those pupils awarded a scholarship will be expected to and fully engage with every aspect of school life and the Wellington community, including participation in sports teams and performing arts activities.

Awards of up to 100%* of the tuition fees will be available to successful applicants entering the IB Diploma Programme (Year 12 only) in August 2020. Applicants will be expected to have outstanding IGCSE results or the equivalent.

* We wish to give the opportunity of a Wellington education to outstanding pupils whose families would not be able to afford our full fees. The value of the award will be based upon the applicant family’s annual net income.

How to apply

Applicants must submit a handwritten personal statement of one A4 page outlining why they believe they would make a good Wellington scholar. Scanned copies of the personal statement should be submitted to the Admissions Office by email to admissions.shanghai@wellingtoncollege.cn.  Successful candidates will be invited to a scholarship assessment day which will be held at the school shortly after the submission deadline.

Deadline for Applications: 17th April 2020




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