Programmes and syllabus IBDP

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate was founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968 as a non-profit educational foundation. A group of talented, forward thinking teachers at the International School of Geneva, with assistance from several other international schools, created the IB Diploma Programme. What started life as a single programme for internationally mobile students preparing for university, has today grown into three programmes for students aged 3-19.

The IBDP works with 2,740 schools in 138 countries to offer the three IBDP programmes to approximately 755,000 students. The IBDP encourages a positive attitude to learning by encouraging students to ask challenging questions, to critically reflect, to develop research skills, to learn how to learn and to participate in community service.

The Mission of the IBO

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. 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.

The IB Diploma Programme

The IB Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. The programme is normally taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

Advantage of studying the IB Diploma Programme

This outstanding programme offers a rounded education for students keen on university or college. The student who satisfies its challenges demonstrates a strong dedication to learning, both in terms of the acquisition of subject content and in the development of the skills and discipline necessary for success in a world of stiff competition. The IBDP is awarded on successful completion of the whole programme, with points score based on results in each subject.

The IBDP has been acknowledged for admission to universities in almost every country in the world. Studies to show how students from the IBDP perform indicate that students who have completed the course tend to be more accomplished in the higher skills necessary for advanced study as this curriculum encourages critical and independent thinking.

Core elements of the Diploma Programme

IBDP students study three subjects at ‘Higher Level’ (HL) and three at ‘Standard Level’ (SL). They study HL subjects for a greater number of hours (240 teaching hours) and in greater depth than SL subjects (150 teaching hours); thus, the IBDP student combines a broad education with detailed study.

Over the course of the two-year programme, students:
  • study six subjects chosen from the six subject groups
  • complete an extended essay
  • follow a theory of knowledge course (TOK)
  • participate in creativity, activity, service (CAS)
The three core requirements of the curriculum
  • Extended essay: The extended essay has a set limit of 4,000 words. It offers the occasion to examine a topic of personal interest, and teaches students how to conduct autonomous research and writing skills expected at university.
  • Theory of knowledge (TOK): The interdisciplinary TOK course is intended to provide consistency by exploring the nature of knowledge across disciplines, encouraging an admiration of other cultural perspectives.
  • Creativity, activity, service (CAS): Participation in the school’s CAS programme encourages students to be involved in artistic passions, sports and community service work, thus nurturing students’ consciousness and enjoyment of life outside the scholastic pitch.
    View our IBDP CAS report

IB learners strive to be: enquiring, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective.

We offer the following choice of subjects in IB Diploma Programme (XI & XII):

Group 1:
  • Language A - English Literature [HL/SL]
  • Self Taught Language A [If there are takers]
Group 2:
  • Language B – Hindi [HL/SL]
  • Language Ab Initio – French [SL]
  • Language Ab Initio – Spanish [SL]
  • Language B – French [HL/SL]
  • Language B – Spanish [HL/SL]
  • Language B – English [HL/SL]
    Note: A language studied at grade X level cannot be taken at Ab initio SL
Group 3:
  • Business & Management (BNM) [HL/SL]
  • Economics [HL/SL]
  • History [HL/SL]
  • Geography [HL/SL]
  • Environmental systems & societies (ESS) [SL]
Group 4:
  • Physics [HL/SL]
  • Chemistry [HL/SL]
  • Biology [HL/SL]
  • Environmental systems & societies [SL]
  • Computer Science [HL/SL]
Group 5:
  • Mathematics HL
  • Mathematics SL
  • Mathematical Studies SL
Group 6:
  • Visual Arts – [HL/SL]
  • Music – [HL/SL]
Subject Blocks At SBA
  • Hindi B/Spanish AB/French AB/French B/Spanish B/English B
  • Physics/Biology/ ESS
  • Chemistry/ BNM / History/Visual Art/Music
  • Economics/Computer Science/ Geography
  • Math HL/SL/Studies

Career Pathways - Possible Subject Choices

Options without Group 6
S. No. Career Option Group 3 Group 4
1 Engineering, Architecture Economics Physics, Chemistry
2 Industrial Design,
Product Design, Sustainability,
Environmental Engineering
Geography Physics, Chemistry
3 Computer Science BNM Physics, Computer Science
4 Computer Science,
Computer Aided Design
History Physics, Computer Science
5 CS, Environmental Science ESS Chemistry, Computer Science
6 Medicine, Biochemistry,
Microbiology, Bioinformatics,
Computational Biology, Statistics
Economics Biology, Chemistry
7 Environmental Science Geography Biology, Chemistry
8 Business, Law, Financial Analyst, Financial Journalism Economics, BNM Physics
9 Business, Law, Environmental Science, Financial analyst Economics, BNM Biology
10 Statistics, Environmental Science, Financial Journalism, Financial Analyst Economics, BNM ESS
11 Law, Econometrics, Environmental Science, Financial Journalism, International Relations, Public Policy Economics, History ESS
12 Law, Econometrics, Environmental Science, Journalism, International Relations, Public Policy Economics, History Physics
13 Law, Econometrics, Environmental Science, Journalism, International Relations, Public Policy Economics, History Biology
14 Environmental Science, Journalism, Public Policy, International Relations BNM, Geography Physics
15 Environmental Science, Journalism, Public Policy, International Relations, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology BNM, Geography Biology
16 Environmental Science, Journalism, Public Policy, International Relations BNM, Geography ESS
17 Environmental Science, Journalism, Public Policy, International Relations, Law History, Geography Physics
18 Environmental Science, Journalism, Public Policy, International Relations, Law, Computational Biology History, Geography Bio
19 Environmental Science, Journalism, Public Policy, International Relations, Law History, Geography ESS
Options with Group 6
S. No. Career Option Group 3 Group 4 Group 6
1 Engineering, Architecture, CS, Environmental Science, Music, Fine Arts Economics Physics Visual Art/ Music
2 Engineering, Architecture, CS, Environmental Science, Journalism, Music, Fine Arts Geography Physics Visual Art/ Music
3 Engineering, Architecture, CS, Environmental Science, Journalism, Music, Fine Arts Economics ESS Visual Art/ Music
4 CS, Environmental Science, Journalism, Music, Fine Arts ESS Computer Science Visual Art/ Music

 

In case of further queries regarding the IB Diploma Programme, please contact: IBDP Coordinator or the school office.

For more information about IB Diploma Programme please visit the website: www.ibo.org