A CourseLeap Guide to the IB Diploma Programme
- May 13, 2022
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a rigorous curriculum focused on the holistic development of every individual student as they develop an inquiring, knowledgeable, principled, reflective and communicative profile. It encourages students of all ages to think critically, challenge assumptions and solve complex problems across both local and global contexts.
The program has a stellar reputation for its focus on meticulous assessment, and ideal preparation for entry into colleges and universities worldwide. It is known for its breadth and depth both in terms of content and skills that are heavily research focused and provide personal pathways for learning and projects. The IB syllabus evolves every five years based on the changing requirements of universities and the professional world. This upholds the academic emphasis on relevant skills and capacities required for future success.
Are you considering embarking upon the IB journey? Read on to learn more about the core components of this programme.
Subject Groups in the IB
There are six IB subject groups based on principal domains of knowledge:
- Group 1: Language acquisition
- Group 2: Studies in Language and Literature
- Group 3: Individual and Societies
- Group 4: Sciences
- Group 5: Mathematics
- Group 6: The Arts
Students have to pursue a total of six subjects, three at Higher Level and Standard Level respectively. They will have the opportunity to refine their science and maths skills, broaden their global knowledge, and learn a foreign language.
The Nature of Assessments in the IB
The IBDP has a balance of internal and external assessments, which means students will complete externally graded written exams as well as Internal Assessments [IA’s], written tasks and class projects. Subjects are graded on a scale of 1-7, allowing a maximum score of 42 points based on subject scores alone. An additional 3 points are awarded upon successful completion of the IB Core, which consists of three separate elements.
The IB Core
The IB core comprises three elements which are the Extended Essay (EE),Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and CAS. The EE is a self directed research paper of 4000 words. The TOK is a critical part of the programme which encourages students to investigate the nature of knowledge and question how it is acquired. Finally CAS, which stands for Creativity, Activity and Service, is an extracurricular focused component that aims to encourage artistic tendencies, physical development and community engagement to further encourage the evolution of each student.
Long-term Benefits of the IB Diploma Programme
This dynamic pre-university program prepares students with essential skills such as managing time, responding to academic expectations and constructing well-researched papers. By the end of the program, students will be fully equipped with tangible skills and a heightened sense of self-assurance to take on any challenge in their academic pursuits. They develop strong emotional, social, and academic characteristics which maximises their potential as individuals. According to some studies, IB students have a higher chance of performing better than students from any other curricula.
We encourage you to read more about these IB Key Findings on the official IBDP website
How Does Courseleap Support IB Students?
Courseleap’s IB Tutoring offers customisable online tutorials to help students build skills strategically towards exams. These personalised courses are geared towards raising students’ performance by boosting motivation to encourage independent problem solving. Since teaching is mapped to individual goals and needs, this model of tutorial hours results in exceptional student performance and growth.
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