What is the IB Diploma Programme?
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a rigorous and academically challenging pre-university curriculum for students aged from 16 to 19 years. The programme emphasises the importance of breadth and depth in academic study whilst maintaining a focus on the very way we understand knowledge through the Theory of Knowledge course. Students are encouraged to become active global citizens and understand the importance of care and compassion in an increasingly globalised world. The Diploma encourages students to develop their physical, emotional, intellectual and ethical selves and as such is well regarded and recognised by the world’s leading universities.
The IBO Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
The IB Diploma Programme Curriculum
The IB curriculum can be best understood through the IB Framework. Students must study six subjects when undertaking the Diploma programme, with one subject being chosen from each of Groups 1 to 5. The sixth subject may come from Group 6 or the student may elect to study a second subject from Group 3, 4 or 5. Three subjects must be studied at standard level or SL (equivalent of 150 teaching hours) and three at higher level or HL(equivalent of 240 teaching hours).
During the two year programme, students will also complete an Extended Essay, follow a Theory of Knowledge course and participate in the Creativity, Action & Service course.