Students at Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology (QASMT) study the International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum. The aim of an IB Education is to provide students with the values and opportunities that will enable them to develop sound judgements, make wise choices and respect others in the global community. Teachers at QASMT are well qualified in their capacity to deliver this innovative curriculum.
At QASMT, we are also supporting the delivery of the curriculum through meaningful and relevant experiences that include such areas as biotechnology, nanotechnology and health sciences. The purpose of this process is to ensure maximum opportunity is taken to further these critical elements within our curriculum. The outcomes of this work provide a suitable platform for higher learning opportunities and to develop student awareness of career opportunities.
QASMT curriculum - IB Middle Years Programme (Years 7–9)
The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) was originally developed by the International Schools Association and then further developed by schools during the early 1990s. It is a purpose-built framework (taught at QASMT in Years 7–9) for both national and international schools and is now being taught and implemented worldwide. Teaching and learning in the MYP “focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside” (IB, 2018).
The IB MYP also relies on connecting classroom pedagogical practices and content to the world outside through the Global Contexts and the learner profile. The IB MYP prepares students for the IB Diploma Programme which was established to provide students with a balanced education, facilitate geographic and cultural mobility and to promote international understanding.
THe MYP curriculum framework comprises 8 subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents.
QASMT curriculum - Diploma Preparation Programme (Year 10)
Students entering QASMT in Year 10 will study a Diploma Preparation Programme course in the subjects they will complete for their IB Diploma Programme. Our Diploma Preparation Programme course is designed to consolidate curriculum learning while building skills and student capacity in preparation for the Diploma Programme in Years 11 and 12.
The Year 10 Curriculum is developed with a number of key objectives. These are to:
- develop the necessary skills and curriculum foundations required to meet the demands of the IB Diploma Programme
- provide each student with insight into real world applications of the subjects that they study
- inspire the students to want to continue to do further work in these fields in years to come.
QASMT curriculum - IB Diploma Programme (Years 11–12)
The Diploma Programme (DP) has the strengths of a traditional liberal arts education, but with three important additional features, shown at the centre of the curriculum model below.
The International Bacculaureate Organisation's (IBO) international curriculum has been designed to ensure that the organisation’s educational aims are embodied in the structure and content across the entire programme.
The Diploma Programme is displayed in the shape of a circle with 6 academic areas, or subject groups surrounding a core of requirements (Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Action and Service). Students study these subjects concurrently.
Students at QASMT can select one subject from each of the following 6 groups. At QASMT students may exchange a Group 6 subject for an additional Group 4 subject to support their specialisation in science, technology and mathematics.
|Group 2||Language Aquisition|
|Group 3||Individuals and societies|
|Group 6||The Arts|
QASMT will provide detailed information around subject selections to students and parents. The IB rates each student’s performance within each of the 6 subject groups on a scale of 1–7 and offers three extra points through additional assessments in Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay. Most assessments are carried out externally to ensure validity.
This means that students can achieve a maximum of 45 points through the Diploma Programme. To be awarded the Diploma, students must achieve a minimum of 24 points, of which 12 points must be from Higher Level subjects. CAS must be completed in order to receive an IB Diploma, but this does not have any IB points associated with its completion.