IB Diploma Programme

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

The IBDP is a challenging two year course aimed at students aged 16-19. It leads to a qualification that is widely welcomed by the world’s leading universities and employers.

IB students learn more than a collection of facts. The Diploma Programme prepares students for further study and employment and encourages them to: ask searching questions, learn how to learn, develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture, and develop the ability to communicate with and respect people from other countries and cultures.

What is in the curriculum?

Students are required to choose one subject from each of the 6 academic groups (see page 7), although they can choose a second subject from groups 1 to 5 instead of a group 6 subject. Normally, students study 3 subjects at Higher Level (HL), and 3 subjects at Standard Level (SL).

Whether studied at Higher or Standard Level, all subjects are weighted the same in the final Diploma, but more time is given to the teaching of HL subjects.

In addition, all students complete the ‘IB Core’: Theory of Knowledge (TOK) an Extended Essay (EE) and Creativity, Activity, Service(CAS). TOK encourages students to reflect upon the nature of knowledge and what it means to learn. The EE enables all students to develop independent research skills surrounding a topic of their choice, related to one of their IB courses; these skills are particularly favoured by Universities. CAS enables students to get involved in the world around them, to learn through experience in a range of activities.

GROUP 1
LANGUAGE A

English Language and Literature (SL only) English Literature*

GROUP 2
LANGUAGE B

French
Spanish
Latin
Ab initio Italian (SL only)
Ab initio Russian (SL only)
Ab initio Japanese (SL only)*
Ab initio Spanish (SL only)*

GROUP 3
INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIETIES

Economics (SL)
Geography
Modern History
Psychology
Social and Cultural Anthropology

GROUP 4
EXPERIMENTAL SCIENCES

Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Nature of Science (SL only)

GROUP 5
MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING

Mathematics Higher Level Mathematics Standard Level
Mathematics Studies (SL only)

GROUP 6
THE ARTS

Film
Visual Arts
Music

We can also support self-study courses for students fluent in another language
* In partnership with Impington International Sixth Form

The Mission Statement of the IB

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.

All three parts of the core—Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Activity, Service—are compulsory and are central to the philosophy of the Diploma Programme.

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