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International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme at the School of the Nations is a rigorous two-year curriculum in Form 5 and Form 6, mainly aimed for students aged 16 to 19.
The IB Diploma Programme is an internationally recognised, academically challenging and balanced programme of education that prepares students for success at university and life beyond. It leads to a qualification that is widely recognised by the world’s leading universities.
The Diploma Programme prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society as they:
- Develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.
- Acquire breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, studying courses from 6 subject groups.
- Develop the skills and a positive attitude toward learning that will prepare them for higher education.
- Study at least two languages and increase understanding of cultures, including their own.
- Make connections across traditional academic disciplines and explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course.
- Undertake in-depth research into an area of interest through the lens of one or more academic disciplines in the extended essay.
- Enhance their personal and interpersonal development through creativity, action and service.
Students taking the IB Diploma Programme are engaged in six subjects and the following core elements
- The Extended Essay (EE) is a mini thesis that asks students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the Dp subjects they are studying.
- Theory of Knowledge (TOK) develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. In this course on critical thinking, students inquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction.
- Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme. Creativity encourages students to engage in the arts and creative thinking. Action seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Service with the community offers a vehicle for a new learning with academic value. The three strands of CAS enhance students’ personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning and enable journeys of self-discovery.
Students must take the following subjects, the current subject selection form can be downloaded on our website.
- Group 1 - Studies in Language and Literature: English
- Group 2 - Language Acquisition: Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, French
- Group 3 - Individuals and Societies: Psychology, Business and Management, Economics, Information Technology in the Global Society
- Group 4 - Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
- Group 5 - Mathematics - Mathematics, Mathematics Studies
- Group 6 - The Arts: Visual Arts, Music, Film
Students on the FULL DIPLOMA TRACK must take three subjects at the Higher Level (HL) and three at the Standard Level (SL). Core elements of EE, TOK and CAS are required.
Students on the CERTIFICATE TRACK can take one or two subjects at the Higher Level (HL) and rest of the subjects at the Standard Level (SL). Core elements of EE, TOK and CAS are required.
Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks like essays, case studies, oral presentations, laboratory work, investigations & art shows in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.
The marks awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). Students can also be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results on theory of knowledge and the extended essay. The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and to satisfactory participation in the creativity, action, service requirement. The details can be found in the document titled General Regulations – Diploma Programme. The highest total that a Diploma Programme student can be awarded is 45 points.
International Baccalaureate Organization website:
Mr. William Leong
IB Diploma Programme Coordinator
Ms. Meghna Thakkar
Assistant IB Diploma Programme Coordinator