International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
This is offered in many schools around the world.
The Diploma programme is a rigorous two year programme for students aged 16 to 19 years of age. In addition to the high academic standards, students are encouraged to think creatively, behave responsibly and to have knowledge of and respect for other cultures and religions.
Students study six subjects, three at higher level and three at standard level, from six different groups.
Group 1 – Language A1
This is considered to be the students best language and there are over 40 languages automatically available ranging from English to Slovak.
Language A2, Language B, Ab Initio (SL), Classical languages (Greek or Latin).
This will be the students second language choice.
Group 3 – Individuals and Societies
Business and Management, Economics, Georgraphy, History, ITGS, Philosphy, Psychology or Social and Cultural Anthropology.
Group 4 – Experimental Sciences
Biology, Chemistry, Design Technology, Environmental Systems (SL) or Physics.
Group 5 Mathematics and Computer Science
Group 6 – The Arts
Music, Theatre, Visual Arts or another subject from Groups 2,3 or 4.
In addition students are involved in:
(a) Theory of Knowledge. This aims at providing unity and a sense of perspective to the academic content of the IB Course.
(b) Extended Essay. A 4,000 word essay that is produced after personal research and within the criteria as laid out by the IBO.
(c) Creativity, Action and Service (CAS). Creative and social service activities. CAS is considered to be an integral part of the Diploma programme. No points are awarded for this, but it has to be completed successfully over the two year course to enable the student to be awarded the Diploma.
An examination is taken at the end of the second year conducted by an International Board of Examiners. Assessment is by written papers, oral examinations and course work. Each subject is graded from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest).
A total of 24 points is necessary to achieve the Diploma, but certain conditions have to be met (e.g. all Higher level subjects must have a grade 3 or above). Bonus points are awarded for the Theory of Knowledge Course and Extended Essay, so the maximum number of points a student can achieve is 45.
The IB Diploma is highly regarded by the most prestigious universities worldwide.