THE IB DIPLOMA PROGRAMME
The International Baccalaureate Diploma combines continuous assessment and examinations in six major subjects with other activities designed to prepare the student for future studies and the modern world in general.
The programme that leads to the diploma being awarded can be tailor-made to suit any student, but consistency and hard work is required throughout.
The IB course is prepared over two years and may be taught and studied in any one, or combination of the following, language(s): English, French or Spanish. The students have to select one subject from each of the following groups:
- Group One: First Language referred to as A-Literature. A combination of the language and literature studies with oral work and presentations in English or French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Italian, Russian, etc.
- Group Two: Second Language (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Mandarin) with 3 possibilities:
– B (HL) includes literature and language (Advanced Level)
– B (SL) covers the written and oral components of the language (Strong Working Level)
– Ab initio is for “debutants” (Basic Level)
- Group Three: Humanities subjects such as Geography, History, Global Politics, Economics and Business and Management.
- Group Four: Sciences sector with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Environmental Systems & Societies, Sports, Exercise and Health Science
- Group Five: Mathematics available at three different levels.
- Group Six: Elective – one can take an extra subject from one of the groups previously mentioned or Theatre Studies, Visual Arts or Business and Management.
To be eligible for the diploma, the student must choose between 3 and 4 of these subjects at Higher Level, and the others at Standard Level. Each examined subject is graded on a scale of 1 to 7 and the student must complete ALL of the following:
- An “Extended Essay” of some 4000 words on a precise topic normally chosen from one of the subject areas studied. This should demand 40 hours of work in collaboration with a tutor. Completed essays are due at the beginning of the 2nd year.
- The “Theory of Knowledge” course will require the completion of an essay and a presentation. This course is designed to ensure that students engage in critical reflection and analysis of what we call ‘knowledge.’
The award of 3 extra bonus points accompanies excellent performances in the above two disciplines.
Creativity, Activity and Service: A popular part of the IB Diploma Programme that involves the students in Art, Theatre, Music, Sport and a wide variety of Volunteer activities is designed to be of service to the community both here and abroad. A total of 150 hours of CAS must be accumulated over the two-year period of IB studies.
DOCUMENTS – The International Baccalureate at IBS of Provence