either to study for the full IB Diploma, in preparation for entrance into the world’s best universities;
or to study for the IB Course, which will provide entry into many universities and is recognised as an excellent passage into colleges or the work force. Students may select those subjects which are of interest to them, without any restrictions.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a well-established and respected programme, recognised by universities and colleges throughout the world. It is characterised by its academic breadth, depth and rigour and the attention it gives to developing internationally aware and socially responsible citizens.
In order to gain the full IB Diploma, students are required to study six (6) subjects:
- three (3) subjects must be studied at Higher Level (HL) a minimum of 240 hours of classroom study (6 periods a week) during the two-year period.
- three (3) subjects must be studied at Standard Level (SL) a minimum of 150 hours of classroom study (4 periods a week) during the two-year period.
Please note that the subjects listed here are provisional and are subject to student numbers, teacher availability and final timetable arrangements.
Group 2 Language B: French, Indonesian, Spanish, Mandarin. Spanish Ab Initio (SL only)
Group 3 Individuals and Societies: Business & Management, Economics, Geography, History, Psychology (online)*
Group 4 Experimental Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Design Technology, Computer Science, Environmental Systems and Societies (SL only)**
Group 5 Mathematics: Mathematics Higher, Mathematics Standard (SL), Mathematical Studies (SL)
Group 6 The Arts & Electives: Music, Theatre, Visual Arts. A second subject from Groups 2,3 or 4***
*Psychology is taken online in conjunction with Pamoja Education who work with the International Baccalaureate Organisation to provide online courses.
**Please note that Environmental Systems and Societies is a trans-disciplinary subject which may allow students to take two Group 6 subjects.
***Note that a student cannot take both Business & Management and Economics
The requirement to maintain studies in Languages, the Humanities, Mathematics and the Sciences throughout the course ensures the breadth of curriculum required by some national university systems. The choice of appropriate Higher Level (HL) subjects enables students to obtain the degree of specialisation required for university entrance.
The unique appeal of the IB programme comes from the additional requirement that students:
- write an Extended Essay of 4000 words in a subject of their own choice; providing students with a chance to become involved in independent research;
- complete a Theory of Knowledge course; giving students time for critical reflection on their studies;
- participate in CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) throughout the programme; giving students an opportunity to pursue their interests into a wider sphere than their immediate school environment.
Time spent on homework and private study is additional to this.
For most subjects the assessment is made up of internal assessment (coursework) and external examinations. The internal assessment (coursework) is normally marked internally and then moderated by the IB Organisation (IBO). The final examinations are set and marked externally by the IBO and taken during the month of May in the second year of the course. Details of the methods of assessment are supplied with each of the subject descriptions on their respective pages.
Conditions for the Award of the IB Diploma
Each of the six subjects is awarded a grade on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 being the highest grade.
In addition, a maximum of 3 bonus points may be gained from a candidate’s combined Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge grades.
Maximum number of possible points to be obtained on an IB Diploma: [(6 subjects x 7 points) + 3 bonus points] = 45 points
A candidate must gain a minimum of 24 points in order to pass the full Diploma. There are some restrictions on the way in which these points are achieved. For example, a Diploma will not be awarded if students achieve a grade 1 in any subject, no matter how well they do in the others. In addition to obtaining a full Diploma, some universities and colleges may have other requirements, such as particular grades at Higher Level, in their offer of a place to a student. Many universities will make offers to non-Diploma students as long as the student completes the IB Course.
The IB Course (Former Certificate) Programme
Students will have a free choice, within the limits imposed by the school timetable, of up to six subjects. Subjects may be taken at either Higher Level (HL) or Standard Level (SL).
A student’s choice of subjects within the IB Course programme will be planned to suit the individual needs of the student. It will normally consist of a minimum of 5 subjects and include English and Mathematics. Additional IGCSE subjects may also be included in the package.
Course students will normally be required to participate in the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course and complete the CAS programme. Most students will also undertake an Extended Essay.
Subject Choices will be made provisionally during Year 11 with final confirmation at the start of Year 12.
When choosing IB subjects, students must bear in mind any special requirements for the course of study they think they will/may follow when they leave school. There is plenty of information relating to this in the school and there are two University Guidance Counsellors at BSJ. All students will need to discuss their plans with their tutor, subject teachers, parents, and the IB Coordinator before finalising their choices.
The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
The IB learner profile represents 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools. We believe these attributes, and others like them, can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities. Read more about the IB Learner Profile.
To learn more about the IB Programme generally please visit the IBO’s website.