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Honours components

The Honours component of Modern Baccalaureate supports personal development through powerful contextualised learning: building confidence and character, supplementing the pursuit of knowledge, and leading to a whole education experience. It is a celebration of opportunity.

The aim of the Honours component is to ensure that there is recognition of breadth and specific interests of the learners. It is not necessary to evidence honours from any particular source. The evidence could come from the Core or the Employment Skills components or they could come from a source completely outside school (informal and non-formal learning experiences which contribute to  ModBac evidence are positively encouraged). This provides the flexibility to prevent over-loading the learners with too much content but at the same time enabling recognition of their achievements that are outside the scope of the formal curriculum.


Some specific examples might be an individual with a poor attendance record developing a good attendance record as evidence of overcoming a personal challenge. It could be a shy student demonstrating effective group leadership or a very bright person achieving top grades in a qualification at an earlier than scheduled date.

Community support could be evidenced from a sustained period helping an elderly neighbour with their garden, working with a local charity to help in an environment project or participating in an open source on-line community project. In the latter case it would also be possible to cover the Digital Competence dimension and since most such projects are international, international perspective. Indeed it would be possible to cover all or any subset of the Honours requirement by choosing a particular context for an extended project.

It is up to the school to decide how it wants to approach the Honours requirements. You should be prepared to justify the overall value and credit achieved if the ModBac Foundation asks for evidence.

External Verification and Accreditation of Honours components (ENTRY LEVEL upwards)

To gain a PASS grade in the Honours section at Entry Level and upwards, it is acceptable for a teacher to simply verify that the activity has taken place (internal verification).  It could also be  a witness statement from a beneficiary or their representative as might be the case for example with community service. This does not need to be more than a simple statement that the work was of value and for an appropriate period of time.

However, to gain the higher grades external validation is required. This could be from externally set qualifications, such as IT Qualifications in the case of digital competence, Foreign Language GCSEs or ASSET qualifications, or Community Volunteering Qualifications (CVQ) in the case of community work.

External validation can also come from challenges and activities organised and certified by Approved ModBac Providers. These are organisations who work closely with the Modern Baccalaureate Foundation, and whose curriculum offer meets appropriate standards. Partner organisations include Duke of Edinburgh Awards (a brilliant solution to many aspects of the Honours and Skills components of ModBac), Young Enterprise, Life Skills CiC, Gap Medics and many others.

Please see the relevant sections on the website for further details.

Participation in the NATIONAL CITIZEN SERVICE is another way of drawing together accreditation towards the Honours and Skills components of ModBac. Contact the Modern Baccalaureate Foundation for more information.

There are no requirements for external verification of Honours activities within the MiniBac and MidBac frameworks.