IB Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is an academic programme followed in the final two years of many international secondary schools throughout the world. It is recognised by governments and universities worldwide as a highly-esteemed qualification with which to enter institutions of higher learning or the world of work.

Candidates study a total of six subjects: three subjects at Higher Level and three at Standard Level.

All students must meet three additional requirements:

  • Follow the assessed Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, which is at the heart of the IB programme.

  • Fulfil the requirements of Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS).  This is a programme of activities pursued outside the classroom.

  • Write an Extended Essay which is an independent piece of research led by the student. This allows students to demonstrate their research skills and knowledge in a specialised subject area.

IBDP candidates are expected to maintain a rigorous level of study which will enable them to successfully enter the institutions of higher learning they have chosen.

The diagram below will allow you to draw a potential subject package for students wishing to come to our school. However, they will be confirmed and approved once they have met with our school Deputy Principal or IB Programme Coordinator.

We need to emphasise that our subject offer will depend on student numbers opting for them and teacher availability.

As per IB Diploma Programme stipulations, students choose a total of six subjects, three at Higher level and three at Standard level.

Students choose one subject from each column from 2 to 6 and only one from 7A or 7B.

1

Games

(Compulsory)

2

English A - Literature
SL/HL

English A - Lang/Lit
SL/HL

English B
HL

3

USS
SL

Dutch A Lang/Lit
SL/HL

French B
SL/HL

Dutch B
SL/HL

Spanish B
SL/HL

Chinese Ab 
SL

Spanish Ab
SL

French Ab
SL

4

History
SL/HL

Geography
SL/HL

Economics
SL/HL

ITGS
SL/HL

5

Biology
SL/HL

Chemistry
SL/HL

Physics
SL/HL

ESS
SL

Sports Science,
Exercise and Health

SL

6

Mathematics
Analysis and Approaches

SL/HL

Mathematics
Applications and Interpretations

SL

7A

Visual Arts
SL/HL

Spanish B
SL/HL

Business Management
SL/HL

Geography
SL/HL

Biology
SL/HL

Physics
SL/HL

7B

Philosophy
SL
(Blended*)

Film Studies
SL
(Blended*)

Psychology
SL/HL
(Blended*)

Special Approval from IB**

*  - Blended learning classes are delivered via Pamoja. They have an additional cost for parents, not included in the school fees. The classes are within the students' timetables, supervised by a teacher and attendance is monitored.

** - Special dispensation and approval from the IBDP. These are special exemptions that are only approved formally by the IBDP. There must be a clear rationale, evidence-based information and a school formal written request sent to the IBDP to approve a different schedule that breaks the integrity of the Diploma Programme. This necessitates a meeting with our Deputy Principal.

Abbreviations

USS Standard only (school supported self-study
own language A)
SL Standard level
HL Higher level
Ab Ab initio
Language A     Denotes first language
Language B Denotes second language
Lang/Lit    Language and Literature
ESS Environmental Systems and Society course
(check subject brief for more information)