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UWC Atlantic College

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Whichever diploma faculty they choose, students are unlikely to spend much time sitting on their hands, all areas being long on activity. Derring-do comes with the territory no matter what the gradient, acquisition of skills in graceful failure as important as trappings of success (fallibility reckoned by Kurt Hahn to be essential part of the learning process). Beliefs that elsewhere would be on collision course (there’s a strong LGBT movement, for example) spark enduring friendships and sometimes more.  Courtesy on both sides is a given...

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The founding college of a global education movement (UWC), UWC Atlantic College is an international residential college for 16 - 18 year olds, located in a 12th Century Castle on the South Wales coast. 350 students from 90 different countries benefit from a world-class International Baccalaureate educational experience. UWC Atlantic College is committed to making education 'a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future'. The college was one of the first schools in the world to offer the IB and was involved in the development of the diploma. ...Read more

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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

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Since 2017, Peter Howe, previously head of college at UWC Maastricht in the Netherlands. Degree in accounting, finance and economics from Queen's University in Ontario and PhD in art and architectural history from University of Toronto. Had a brief stint in sales and marketing at Procter and Gamble before switching to teaching, and spent 13 years at Canadian universities. His UWC career began in 2005, as the IB coordinator and head of economics at the Italy-based UWC Adriatic. Later, he became the school’s deputy head and director of studies and ultimately, its rettore (head of school), before moving to Maastricht in 2012.

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Education starts with the IB and keeps on going long after other schools have ground to a halt, courtesy of the Diploma Programme, the compulsory, wrap-around co-curricular programme. Diploma extras take up...

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