IB Diploma Programme (IBDP)
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
The IBDP is a challenging two year course aimed at students aged 16-19. It leads to a qualification that is widely welcomed by the world’s leading universities and employers.
IB students learn more than a collection of facts. The Diploma Programme prepares students for further study and employment and encourages them to: ask searching questions, learn how to learn, develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture, and develop the ability to communicate with and respect people from other countries and cultures.
The International Baccalaureate Explained
Parkside International Sixth Form has created a presentation video, explaining the virtues of the IB. View the presentation in full screen and click on the speaker symbol to listen to the audio.
What is in the curriculum?
Students are required to choose one subject from each of the 6 academic groups (see page 7), although they can choose a second subject from groups 1 to 5 instead of a group 6 subject. Normally, students study 3 subjects at Higher Level (HL), and 3 subjects at Standard Level (SL).
Whether studied at Higher or Standard Level, all subjects are weighted the same in the final Diploma, but more time is given to the teaching of HL subjects.
In addition, all students complete the ‘IB Core’: Theory of Knowledge (TOK) an Extended Essay (EE) and Creativity, Activity, Service(CAS). TOK encourages students to reflect upon the nature of knowledge and what it means to learn. The EE enables all students to develop independent research skills surrounding a topic of their choice, related to one of their IB courses; these skills are particularly favoured by Universities. CAS enables students to get involved in the world around them, to learn through experience in a range of activities.
English Language and Literature
Self Study (SL only)
Ab initio Italian (SL only)
Ab initio Russian (SL only)
INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIETIES
Social and Cultural Anthropology
Nature of Science (SL only)
MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING
Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches
Mathematics: Application and Interpretation
* We can also support self-study courses for students fluent in another language
**Although we do not currently run these courses, we would be willing to do so for a sufficient number of students
The Mission Statement of the IB
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
All three parts of the core—Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Activity, Service—are compulsory and are central to the philosophy of the Diploma Programme.