International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a challenging two-year curriculum for students in their last 2 years of school education. It leads to a qualification that is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities.
It enhances students to learn more than collection of facts. The Diploma Programme prepares students for University and encourages them to:
- Ask challenging questions
- Learn how to learn
- Develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture
- Develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.
The IBDP comprises of six subject areas: Studies in Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics and The Arts. Students have to study three of these at Standard Level and three at Higher Level.
In addition to the 6 subjects studied, there are three compulsory requirements:
- Extended essay
- Theory of knowledge
- Creativity, Activity, Service
The students also have to write an extensive research work, the Extended Essay, which is of 4000 words. In addition, they explore the nature of knowledge across disciplines as well as gain an appreciation for other cultural perspectives through another core component, that is, Theory of Knowledge. The students also participate in CAS – Creativity, Activity, Service – which encourages them to explore artistic pursuits, sports and community service work. The students are assessed at the end of two years.
The grading system is criterion based (results are determined by performance against set standards, not by each student’s position in the overall rank order); validity, reliability and fairness are the watchwords of the Diploma Programme’s assessment strategy. The IB works closely with universities in all regions of the world to gain recognition for the IB diploma.
In a nutshell, the IBDP Programme encourages the students to be thinkers, inquirers, communicators, open-minded, risk takers, principled, balanced, knowledgeable, caring and reflective. IB Diploma is truly a passport to higher education around the world. Leading Universities welcome IB graduates as the Diploma Programme prepares the students for the Learning styles essential for University education. Over 2000 of the best Universities around the world list their IB admission policies on the IB web site at www.ibo.org.