Research suggests that there are many benefits to choosing the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP). The IBDP aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge.
The IBDP 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 core 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.