What is the IB Diploma?
The IB Diploma is one of the most prestigious, widely recognised and rigorous university entrance qualifications in the world and, we passionately believe, the best. The Programme was established in 1968 to provide students with a balanced education, to facilitate geographic and cultural mobility and to promote international understanding; as of May 2017, there were 2666 schools offering the DP, in 143 different countries worldwide.
The Diploma Programme is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education. It addresses the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students, and is respected by universities across the globe. DP students apply to more than 3,300 higher education institutions each year, in close to 90 countries. The most popular of these institutions are ranked among the top universities in the world.
Through the DP, schools are able to develop students who:
Have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge
Flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
Study at least two languages
Excel in traditional academic subjects
The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups. Students choose a course from within each subject group. The six subject groups are:
Studies in language and literature
Individuals and societies
Students may opt to study an additional science, individuals and societies, or languages course, instead of a course in the arts.
Students take some subjects at higher level (HL) and some at standard level (SL). HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level. Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level. Standard level subjects take up 150 teaching hours. Higher level comprises 240 teaching hours.
Three components make up the core, which are studied alongside individual subjects and throughout a student’s time in the DP. The DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.
The three core elements are:
Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.
Creativity, activity, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.
The result, at the end of the course, is a young person who is much better prepared for the challenges that lie ahead at university, and in their chosen careers, than those who, for example, opted for the much narrower options of A’ levels or the AP.
The IB Diploma is recognised by universities around the world. KISU graduates currently attend higher institutions throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
Successful completion of the IB Diploma provides students with the means to access some of the most prestigious universities, often with favourable standing. In North America, for example, university admissions officers often provide credit for good IB grades against firstyear courses, even on occasion, waiving the first year completely.
Research suggests that IB diploma students:
Achieve better at university
Are less likely to drop out from university
Have greater earning power upon entering their careers
Information adapted from: http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/
See also: Why the IB? & The IB at KISU