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5. Three IB programmes Page 5
6. All three programmes include… a curriculum or curriculum framework
professional development for teachers
school support, authorization and evaluation.
the IB Learner Profile “the IB mission statement in action in the classroom” Page 6
7. The IB Learner Profile Page 7
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9. Page 9 IB growth has been remarkably consistent…
10. 2250 IB World Schools in 126 countries Page 10
11. Diploma Programme For students aged 16–19, is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and life beyond. Page 11
12. What makes the Diploma Programme special? A rigorous two year pre-university course that leads to examinations. Designed for students aged 16 to 19.
Breadth, depth and integration - the full Diploma requires:
six academic subjects
a 4,000 word extended essay
theory of knowledge
creativity, action and service
Well recognized by the world’s leading universities.
Supported in English, French and Spanish.
13. Students are encouraged to:
ask challenging questions
learn how to learn
develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture
develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures
become independent, self-motivated learners.
What makes the Diploma Programme special? Much more than a collection of academic subjects.
14. What does the Diploma Programme curriculum contain? The curriculum contains six subject groups and a core of three parts.
15. The extended essay:
has a prescribed limit of 4,000 words
offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of individual interest
familiarizes students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university
What does the Diploma Programme curriculum contain? Core requirements
16. Creativity, action and service (CAS):
encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service work
fosters students’ awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena. Encourages reflection. What does the Diploma Programme curriculum contain? Core requirements
17. Because of the greater degree of objectivity and reliability provided by the standard examination environment, externally marked examinations form the greatest share of the assessment for most subjects.
The grading system is criterion-based (results are determined by performance against set standards, not by each student’s position in the overall rank order). Assessment in the Diploma Programme External assessment
18. Examples include:
oral exercises in language subjects
practical laboratory work
How are students assessed? Students are measured against stated objectives for each subject.
19. Examples include:
world literature assignments for language A1
written assignments for language A2
essays for theory of knowledge, and extended essays.
How are students assessed? External assessment
20. Grading Each subject (HL and SL) is graded from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest)
0 – 3 points awarded for the Core
Maximum score is 45 points
Usually a Diploma is awarded for 24 or more points
21. Core Points Extended Essay
4000 words, students choose topic, academic format, opportunity to demonstrate depth of understanding and passion for subject
Theory of Knowledge
Presentation and essay
Analysis of knowledge claims, puts knowledge in context, encourages breadth of thinking and respect for knowledge in a range of academic fields.
Between them, the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge can lead to up to 3 Core Points, which contribute to student point totals.
CAS – At least one afternoon per week. Essential for award of Diploma. No points, but 8 Learning Outcomes.
22. Subject Combinations – examples I The Medic
Chemistry HL 6
Biology HL 7
Maths HL 5
French B SL 5
Psychology SL 7
English A1 SL 5
Points 37 The Linguist
French B HL 7
Spanish B HL 6
English A1 HL 6
Bus. and Man. SL 5
Biology SL 4
Maths SL 4
23. Subject Combinations II The Philosopher
Latin HL 4
History HL 4
English A1 HL 4
Philosophy SL 6
Physics SL 4
Maths SL 4
Points 27 The Artist
Art HL 6
English B HL 5
Spanish A1 HL 4
Psychology SL 3
Chemistry SL 2
Maths Studies SL 2
24. Subject Combinations III The Economist
Economics HL 6
Maths HL 6
Geography HL 5
English A1 SL 6
Spanish Ab Initio SL 4
Chemistry SL 5
English B HL 5
Chemistry HL 4
History HL 6
Russian A1 SL 6
Biology SL 4
Maths SL 7
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26. UK recognition of the IB Diploma The three largest political parties have all spoken positively about the IB
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