How the IB works
Students study six subjects over two years, one from each of six subject groups. Three subjects are studied at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. Additionally, all students take the three Core Elements of the diploma: Theory of Knowledge, the Extended Essay and Creativity, Action and Service.
We strongly encourage you to discuss options with us before making your choices as we can help tailor-make a course that will suit you best (some flexibility allows students to choose two subjects from one group).
Theory of Knowledge
This interdisciplinary critical thinking course challenges students to examine the different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical), to become aware of the role of subjectivity and bias, and to give their personal responses based on analysis of evidence and rational argument.
Students engage in independent research on a topic of interest relating to one of the subjects they are studying. With the help of a supervisor, students learn the independent research and writing skills expected at university.
Creativity, Action and Service
A refreshing counterbalance to academic studies, this element is about life beyond the classroom and aims to foster self-awareness, compassion and the ability to co-operate as part of a wider team. Students work on projects for both their own interest and the benefit of others.
Assessment and examination
All subjects are assessed partly through internal assessment such as coursework and oral exams, and partly through exams at the end of the two-year course. External IB examiners mark all exams and either moderate or mark internal assessments. Grades awarded for each course range from 1 up to 7. Three additional points are allocated for Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay, making 45 the maximum score achievable. The Diploma is awarded to students who achieve at least 24 points, subject to achieving minimum standards within each aspect of the programme.