INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME
The IB Diploma Programme is a challenging, broad-based two-year pre-university curriculum, primarily aimed at students aged 16 to 19. It leads to a qualification (the IB diploma) that is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities.
It is of utmost importance that students learn to manage their time well in order to cope with the demands of the course and maintain high standards. Applying good time management skills must begin in the first year of the programme and be perfected in the second year to enable students to reach their potential and enjoy their learning.
The curriculum contains six subject groups together with the DP core: creativity, activity, service (CAS); the extended essay (EE); and theory of knowledge (TOK). This is illustrated by the Diploma Programme model, as shown below, with the learner situated in the centre.
Candidates studying for the diploma select six subjects from the various subject groups. One subject must be selected from five different subject groups:
- Studies in Language & Literature (Group 1)
- Language Acquisition (Group 2)
- Individuals & Societies (Group 3)
- Sciences (Group 4)
- Mathematics (Group 5)
The sixth subject may be selected from Group 6, Visual Arts or Theatre, or a second subject from Group 2, 3 or 4. Normally three subjects are studied at higher level (HL = 240 teaching hours), and the remaining three subjects are studied at standard level (SL = 150 teaching hours).
At the end of the two-year programme, IBDP candidates are assessed both internally and externally. They receive grades ranging from 7 to 1, with 7 being the highest. Students receive a grade for each of the six DP courses attempted. A student’s final Diploma result score is made up of the combined scores for each subject. The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance including successful completion of the three essential elements of the DP core.
BILINGUAL DIPLOMA AWARD
A bilingual diploma is awarded to a successful candidate who fulfils one or both of the following criteria:
- completion of two languages selected from Group 1 with the award of a grade 3 or higher in both
- completion of one of the subjects from Group 3 or Group 4 in a language that is not the same as the candidate’s nominated Group 1 language. The candidate must attain a grade 3 or higher in both the Group 1 language and the subject from Group 3 or 4.