Why study the IB Diploma Programme?
Choosing a qualification to study during your last few years of school will define your path to getting into university. While there are several options to choose from, studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme will give you the greatest level of preparation for higher education. This explains the high level of respect the IB Diploma has in admissions officer at top universities around the world, including all of the Ivy League colleges, Oxbridge and Russel Group universities, and many others in more than 100 countries. Our experienced IB tutors can help you plan your revision and exam consolidation.
What is special about the IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma Programme?
The IB isn’t just academically rigorous, preparing students to think critically and skilfully rather than simply focusing on memorisation or exam taking, but it also strives to give their students a holistic and well-rounded education that also encourages personal excellence beyond academic success. Its international-minded curriculum therefore emphasizes the development of intercultural understanding, awareness towards worldwide issues, as well as scholastic curiosity and motivation. This gives its graduates an advantage not just when applying for higher education, but also guaranteeing they arrive at university with the skills necessary to succeed.
Choice of subjects
The IB International Baccalaureate Diploma offers an internationally respected curriculum made up of six subject groups and a programme core.
The programme core strives to make the most of the IB educational experience by giving students the change to apply their knowledge and skills outside of the classroom. It includes the following modules:
- Theory of Knowledge, also known as ToK, is a mandatory course where students analyse knowledge itself, how people learn, and everything that is behind a knowledge claim. Inspired by epistemological philosophy, this course gives students the opportunity to reflect on the knowledge they acquire through their classes. It is assessed by a 1600 word essay and an oral presentation.
- CAS – Creativity, Action, Service – requires students to participate in activities and experiences outside of the classroom. Its aims is for students to challenge themselves in the ‘real world’ through purposeful experiences that have tangible outcomes. CAS activities range from volunteering, to artistic performances, sports, and many other extracurricular events that are beneficial for the student and their community.
- The Extended Essay offers students the opportunity to produce their first piece of independent research through a 4000 word-long paper. This module gives the student essential skills in citation, writing and researching that will be crucial for their undergraduate studies. It also lets the student focus on an topic they find interesting and develop extensive knowledge on it.
The six subject groups, on the other hand, look to provide the student with a well-rounded, liberal arts education that covers many important academic fields. The student chooses a subject from each group so they can follow their particular interests while still covering all fields. Students take three subjects in High Level and three in Standard Level. The former having more challenging assignments and a deeper curriculum, and the latter being less time intensive, while still very comprehensive.
The six Subject Groups include:
- Language and literature A
- Foreign language acquisition, which give students the option of learning a new language or continuing previous learning.
- Humanities and social sciences
- The arts
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Useful IB Tutors & Students Links:
- More information on how the IB prepares students for further education: https://kingsinterhigh.co.uk/ib-online/articles/how-online-ib-diploma-prepares-for-university/
- Key facts about the IB: https://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/what-is-the-dp/key-facts-about-the-dp/
- Sample exam papers: https://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/assessment-and-exams/sample-exam-papers/
- More information on the curriculum, including links to each Subject Group’s possible courses: https://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/
- Courses examples and selection guidelines: https://www.ibo.org/university-admission/support-students-transition-to-higher-education/course-selection-guidance/
- https://www.ucas.com/further-education/post-16-qualifications/qualifications-you-can-take/international-baccalaureate-ib UCAS IB guide
- Sample ToK essays: http://tokessay.weebly.com/sample-essays.html
- 100 ideas for CAS experiences: https://lanterna.com/blog/cas-ideas-part-2/
- A helpful forum for IB students: https://ibsurvival.com
- The largest repository of IB International Baccalaureate resources: https://nailib.com
- Comprehensive self-study guides: https://studyib.net