The IB diploma is a rigorous academic program with world-wide recognition; it prepares you to enter universities around the world.
Students can earn an IB Diploma by achieving points for each course gained through a combination of internal coursework and rigorous examinations at the end of Grade 12. For course selection, students choose 3 higher level subjects and 3 standard level subjects, in addition to completing the three elements of the IB Core: Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and Creativity, Activity and Service.
The IB Diploma Programme is designed to give students a balance of depth and breadth in subject material, and to prepare them to study at university level and beyond.
Explore the structure of the IB Diploma
Students following the IB Diploma take six subjects, 3 at Higher Level and 3 at Standard Level.
One subject is chosen from each of the six Groups below;
- Group 1 – Language A (studies in Language and Literature)
- Group 2 – Language B (Language Acquisition)*
- Group 3 – Individuals and Societies
- Group 4 – Sciences
- Group 5 – Mathematics
- Group 6 – The Arts**
*A second subject from Group 1 may be taken instead.
**A second subject from Group 3-4 may be taken instead.
- Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature
- Group 2: Language Acquisition Second Language
- Group 3: Individuals and Societies
- Group 4: Sciences
- Group 5: Mathematics
- Group 6: The Arts
The IB Core Subjects:
- Theory of Knowledge: Theory of Knowledge
- Extended Essay: Extended Essay
- Creativity, Activity and Service: Creativity Activity and Service
The Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course is designed to develop critical thinking and a coherent approach to learning, and transcends and unifies the academic areas, providing an opportunity for students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know.
The Extended Essay is a research report of up to 4000 words that offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest and prepares students with independent research and writing skills that will stand them in good stead at university.
The Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) program encourages students to be involved in sports, artistic pursuits and community service work.
The IB make no further specific restrictions on course combinations other than those listed above; students may choose any combination of subjects at HL or SL as long as the above requirements are satisfied.