What is the IB Diploma?
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a rigorous, two-year curriculum for students aged between sixteen and nineteen. It has been designed with a number of objectives in mind:
- To prepare students for study at universities throughout the world
- To provide students with a balanced education
- To promote international understanding through a shared academic experience.
Strong commitment to learningThe student who satisfies its demands demonstrates a strong commitment to learning both in terms of subject content and the range of skills required in the contemporary world.
What subjects are studied?The Diploma Programme is divided into six subject groups:
Group 1 - First Language: the study of a native language such as English through literature
Group 2 - Second Language: the study of a foreign language or a second native language
Group 3 - Individuals and Societies e.g. History of the Americas
Group 4 - Experimental Sciences e.g. Biology
Group 5 - Mathematics
Group 6 - This group contains subjects such as Visual Arts but also allows students to choose another subject from Groups 1 to 5.
Students study three of the subjects at Higher Level and three at Standard Level Students must also complete three other Diploma requirements:
1. The Extended Essay: of some 4000 words, which provides experience of producing an independent research paper.
2. Theory Of Knowledge (TOK): a course, which explores the relationships among the various disciplines and ensures that students engage in critical reflection and analysis of the knowledge acquired within and beyond the classroom.
3. Creativity; Action; Service (CAS): students engage in activities covering these three areas.
Each of the subjects in Groups 1 to 6 is graded from 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum) and a student must reach a minimum of 24 points to be awarded the Diploma. Up to 3 bonus points are available for the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge so that the maximum score for a Diploma is 45 points.