The IB Diploma Programme is designed as a challenging and balanced programme of education for students in Years 12 & 13 (approximately ages 16–18), with final examinations that prepare students for success at university and life beyond.

The programme, which is taught over two years, has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities, is offered by some 2,200 IB World Schools in about 140 different countries.


Diploma Programme students study three courses at higher level and three courses at standard level. Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5, thus ensuring breadth of experience in languages, humanities, the experimental sciences and mathematics. The sixth subject may be an arts subject chosen from group 6, or the student may choose another subject from groups 1 to 4.

Subjects offered at KISU

Group 1: English A: Literature; French A: Langauge & Literature; Language A: self taught

Group 2: French B; Spanish ab initio

Group 3; Business Management, Geography, History, Information Technology in a Global Society

Group 4: Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Group 5; Mathematics, Mathematical Studies

Group 6: Music, Visual Art.

Students are also given the option to choose one subject from Pamoja Education online courses instead of a course offered at KISU. Further information can be found on the Pamoja Education website (www.pamojaeducation.com).

All subjects are largely externally assessed by examinations in May of the second year, but also include a component of Internal Assessment completed throughout the course.

In addition, the programme has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding:

The Extended Essay is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).

Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately.

Students are recommended to have a minimum of Grade B at IGCSE for subjects they wish to study at Higher Level, and a minimum of Grade C at IGCSE for subjects they wish to study at Standard Level. Further information can be found in the attached Options Guide.


Students who do not wish to take the full Diploma Programme are admitted on IB Certificate Courses. They must take a minimum of four subjects at either Higher Level or Standard Level, and are expected to complete the CAS requirements and either Theory of Knowledge  or Extended Essay. Students who do not meet the minimum grades for the IB Diploma as mentioned above are recommended to complete IB Certificate Courses.

For further information about the IB Diploma Programme or IB Certificate Courses you can contact the IB Diploma Coordinator Ms Liz Charsley on email: ib.coord@kisu.com