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International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is an assessed programme for students aged 16 to 18. It is respected by leading universities across the globe.

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IB Diploma Programme

for students aged 16-18

The IB Diploma is for students aged 16-18 and requires no specific preparatory classwork, so can be undertaken directly from IGCSEs. It offers a broad curriculum made up of six subject groups – students usually study three at a higher level and three at a standard level.

Importantly, the main aim of the DP Core is to broaden students’ educational experiences and challenge their application of knowledge and skills. The Theory of Knowledge asks students to reflect on the nature of knowledge; Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) requires students to take part in a range of activities and projects such as music, sports, or fundraising; while the Extended Essay is an independent piece of research, culminating in a university-level 4,000-word paper.

The six subject groups are Studies in Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics, and the Arts. Each subject is graded on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum). To pass the IB Diploma requires a minimum score of 24 points (260 UCAS points), and the successful completion of the DP Core requirements, which carry an additional 3 points. The maximum score achievable by any student is 45 points.

Should you require more information please click the following link: IBDP Subject Options Booklet

The IBDP: A broad and balanced education

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The 3 DP Core Elements

The Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Extended Essay (EE) components are awarded individual grades and, collectively, can contribute up to 3 additional points towards the overall Diploma score.

Creativity, Activity, Service – the remaining element in the DP core – does not contribute to the points total but authenticated participation is a requirement for the award of the diploma.

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Theory of knowledge

Theory of knowledge (TOK) is assessed through an oral presentation and a 1,600 word essay. It asks students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know. TOK is part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) core, and is mandatory for all students.

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Extended Essay

The extended essay is a required component of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). It is an independent piece of research, culminating with a 4,000-word paper. It provides practical preparation for undergraduate research and the opportunity for students to investigate a topic of personal interest to them, which relates to one of the student's six DP subjects.

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Creativity, Activity, Service

Creativity, activity, service (CAS) is one of the three essential elements that every student must complete as part of the Diploma Programme (DP). Studied throughout the Diploma Programme, CAS involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies. It is not formally assessed. However, students reflect on their CAS experiences as part of the DP, and provide evidence of achieving the seven learning outcomes for CAS.

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The IBDP subject options 2020-2022

Students should select a total of 6 subjects 3 at SL (Standard Level) 3 at HL (Higher Level) and will also have to study Community Action Service (CAS ) Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Extended Essay (EE).

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 Mandarin B  Geography  Biology

 Mathematics -
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   English B  Business
  Mandarin Ab
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 Economics  Physics    
   French Ab
initio (SL only)


The number of subjects offered will be dependent on your IGCSE results.

All students will have PE lessons, one lesson of PSHCE, and an EPQ (International Project Qualification) lesson compulsory during the week.

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The Senior School curriculum is divided into three Key Stages

The transition between Key Stages within the Senior School is also supportive and informative. Students make their choices for IGCSE courses during Year 9 with external examinations normally taking place at the end of Year 11. Unique in the region, and to many international schools, is the privileged opportunity to opt for either the IBDP or A Levels. Offering parallel curriculum pathways ensures that our students have the best opportunity to study in a way that suits them. Additionally, they benefit from remaining in the learning environment where they have flourished and have been nurtured over time.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 - 9

Key Stage 4

Year 10 - 11

Key Stage 5

Year 12 - 13

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