THE SIXTH FORM
at Aloha College Marbella

Welcome to Aloha College Marbella.—a dynamic learning environment where students thrive both inside and outside the classroom. Our dedicated and passionate teachers are experts in their fields, fostering a love for learning among our students.

In addition to academic excellence, we prioritise holistic development to create well-rounded individuals. Collaboration across departments, offers many opportunities for students to take on new challenges and to get involved in inspiring projects. We encourage initiative, creativity, and leadership, empowering students to build an impressive profile for university applications.

Aloha College Marbella, offering both A-Levels and the IB Diploma Programme, caters to diverse university aspirations worldwide.

Cultivating Principled, Confident, and Curious Learners

The Aloha College Marbella. Sixth Form provides an educational journey where academic success meets personal and social growth. Our students embody principles of integrity, responsibility, and through setting our high expectations, self-esteem and confidence are fostered.

Our students embrace both active and independent learning, nurturing their curiosity and research skills to sustain a lifelong love of learning. Our students develop essential self-management skills, such as emotional intelligence, decision-making, organisation, time management and goal setting—to thrive in the challenging Sixth Form environment and beyond.

We have an excellent University and Careers guidance programme. Detailed, specific and individual advice in the Sixth Form ensures that wise and appropriate choices about the future are made. We have an excellent record of students achieving places at universities of their first and second choice around the globe. Guidance is provided from the initial selection of A level or IB choices right through to possible changes of direction after the final results come out.

Introduction to IB at Aloha College Marbella

The IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous, academically challenging and balanced programme of education designed to prepare students aged 16-19 for success at university and life beyond. It places particular emphasis on the development of students’ abilities to research, think and express themselves and, additionally, aims to develop the whole personality, interests and capabilities of the students. The IB Diploma Programme aims to develop students to be knowledgeable, inquiring, caring and open minded. The success of the programme may be attributed to its highly individual structure, which allows students to study certain subjects in depth, while maintaining a broad and balanced education and to its universal, international acceptability by universities, governments and professional bodies.

What is an IB Education?

The curriculum of the IB Diploma programme includes the study of six subjects: three at Higher Level – that is, in greater depth – and three at Standard Level. One subject is chosen from each of the following groups:

  1.  Language and Literature (Language A). Students take their studies in a language in which they are academically competent. 

  2. Language acquisition (Language B). A modern language course with an emphasis on understanding another culture through its language.

  3. Individuals and Societies: Provides for the development of a critical appreciation of the nature and activities of human activities in history and the physical, economic and social environment that people inhabit.

  4. Experimental Sciences: The exploration of concepts, theories, models and techniques that underpin each subject area and through these, develop their understanding of the scientific method. 

  5. Mathematics: The development of mathematical knowledge, concepts and principles and the development of logical, critical and creative thinking. 

  6. The Arts: Students develop their understanding of the dynamic and changing nature of the arts and explore the diversity of arts and learn to express themselves with confidence and competence. Students may opt to study an additional science, individuals and societies, or languages course, instead of a course in the arts.

The requirement that students take at least one subject from each of the first five groups listed ensures a balanced education. Thus, the scientist continues the study of languages and one of the humanities, while the arts student continues to take mathematics and science. Furthermore, students may choose their study programmes to take into account their interests, abilities and future career or education requirements by the choice of the sixth subject and by the choice of subjects offered at Higher Level.

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Core elements of the IB Diploma Programme curriculum

There are three essential elements that every student must complete as part of the Diploma Programme. The IB curriculum is made up of the three essential Core elements and the six subject groups. The three Core elements are:

Theory of Knowledge (TOK), in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know. Students are required to write an essay of 1,600 words and an exhibition.

The Extended Essay, which is an independent, self directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), in which students complete a project related to those three concepts. The student should engage in activities that have real purpose and meaning.

Introduction to A-Levels at ACM

A-Levels are very demanding and academically rigorous courses offered by UK Examination Boards. Our A-Levels, provided by Pearson Edexcel International and Cambridge International Examinations, are renowned for their academic rigour.

Students can dive deep into their passions by studying individual subjects with intensity and specialisation.

Pearson Edexcel's modular approach spans two years, with AS Level being awarded after the first year and the A2 Level qualification being awarded upon completion. A seamless combination of AS and A2 modules is essential for the full A-Level qualification. Rigorous exams, marked by national exam boards, ensure a robust academic experience.

Check out the video link here to know more about what alumni and students are saying about Pearson Edexcel IAL.

Students are provided with the further opportunity to develop and demonstrate a range of skills, including independent research, project management, critical thinking, and communication through completion of the Extended Project qualification (EPQ).

For full details of the KS5 curriculum offered at ACM:

To know more about what alumni and students are saying about Pearson Edexcel IAL.

Students are provided with the further opportunity to develop and demonstrate a range of skills, including independent research, project management, critical thinking, and communication through completion of the Extended Project qualification (EPQ).

For full details of the KS5 curriculum offered at ACM:

Recognition of IB and A Level qualifications

University admissions officers have long held the IB Diploma Programme and A Level qualifications in high esteem. Both are recognised, respected and accepted among the world’s top higher education institutions. Our alumni of IB Diploma and A Level students have gone on to successfully study in countries such as Spain, the UK, Europe, USA, Canada and beyond...