International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate Diploma

SKC_Bruce_House_2015_0010.jpegStudents entering Year 12 at Saint Kentigern College have a choice of qualifications. They may choose to enter into the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP); a two year course that leads to a qualification internationally recognised by universities around the globe.

Research suggests that there are many benefits to choosing the Diploma Programme (DP). The DP aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge - students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.

The Diploma Programme was established in 1968 after a group of teachers in Switzerland felt a need existed to better prepare students for university level education. The Diploma Programme is aimed at average to good students who are intending to go to university. Students do not have to be the top academics to undertake the IBDP. However, they need to be motivated, prepared to look at issues from different perspectives and willing to learn. 

IB Diploma students take six subjects. Three subjects are studied in greater depth at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL). One of the subjects must be a second language. In addition, the programme has three compulsory course requirements that are intended to broaden the educational experience and to challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding. Students are required to complete a formal Extended Essay (EE), a course in the Theory of Knowledge (TOK), and participate in Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) across the two years.

IBDP subjects are assessed by a combination of continuous coursework and external examinations at the end of the two year programme.

How does the diploma programme work?

IB New Logo.jpgIB students study six subjects (usually one selected from each subject group). The IBDP curriculum contains six subject groups and the compulsory 'Core' (comprised CAS, TOK, EE), illustrated in the IBDP Wheel.

Three subjects are studied at Higher Level and three at Standard Level.


Higher Level/Standard Level

At Saint Kentigern College, three subjects are studied at Higher Level and three at Standard Level.

All three parts of the core: The Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Activity and Service are compulsory, and are central to the philosophy of the Diploma.

The requirement to select a subject from each group ensures that the science-orientated student is challenged to learn a foreign language and the natural linguist becomes familiar with the scientific process. Whilst balance is maintained, flexibility is catered for with a student choosing Higher Level subjects to pursue areas of personal interest and to meet special requirements for university entrance.

The Senior School Course Handbook provides an enormous amount of detailed information about the both curriculums and the range of optional subject choices available at each Year level.

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