IB DP (Full Diploma)
• 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.
The IB Bilingual Diploma
The IB Diploma = More Competitive at Top Universities
The IB Diploma Programme Explained
Component 1: 6 Single Subject Courses
- The courses begin in 11th grade
- 3 courses can be SL
- 3 courses must be HL
- The courses must represent the 6 groups of knowledge, which include
- Group 1: Language and Literature
- Group 2: Language Acquisition
- Group 3: Individuals and Societies
- Group 4: Experimental Sciences
- Group 5: Mathematics
- Group 6: The Arts
Component 2: Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
Component 3: The Extended Essay
Students start working on their essay in the second term of the first year of their IB Diploma Programme, around January.
The topic must be related to one of the six topics that the student is taking for their Diploma, or they can take an interdisciplinary ‘world studies’ issue that relates to two of their subjects. This requires that a global issue to be looked at through a local lens, for example how wider climate change, cultural, terrorism, technology or health trends are manifested in a specific context or place.
It is generally best for students to choose a topic that they are passionate about, not least because they will have to work on it for a year!
The question should not necessarily start with words like, ‘Does’, ‘Will’ or ‘Is’. To come to a meaningful conclusion, simply stating that ‘yes, it is true’ or ‘no, it is not true’ is insufficient. For this reason the highest scoring essays usually have a research question that start with, ‘To what extent’, ‘A study of’, ‘An analysis of’, or ‘How far’, or could even just be a statement to analyze.
Investigating, Analyzing, and Writing
Once all the data has been collected, it can be analysed. The outcomes of this should be evaluated against relevant concepts and reading in the chosen subject. It’s a good idea to write out the arguments, structure, and headings before beginning writing so the essay is presented clearly and logically, using any terminology correctly.
A rough draft of the introduction can be written at an early stage. After having collected, analyzed, and evaluated the data, the introduction can be adjusted to fit the essay. The introduction should explain why the research question is worth investigating, and how it relates to the subject, in other words, it should set the academic context for the essay.
The conclusion should be written at the end, and should not include any additional research or analysis. It should summarize what has already been stated. Examiners carefully look at this.
Abstracts were invented so that people who wanted to further research the topic could quickly learn if this essay would be valuable for their research. At the end of writing, the student needs to write the abstract, which is a 300-word summary of the essay. It should include the research question, a very short summary of the analysis and the answer to the research question.
Students also need a title page, contents page, references, bibliography, and any appendices (for example, containing any data). All of these things must be included in the word limit.
The viva voce is essentially a short interview with the supervisor, in which they ask students to reflect on the strengths and successes of their findings, as well as looking at any areas that caused unexpected problems, and what can be learned from the research report. It’s nothing to worry about – it’s just something that can be greatly enhanced with preparation and thinking beforehand. They are also making sure that the report hasn’t been plagiarized!
Component 4: Community, Action, Service (CAS)
Adding it Up: How You Earn the IB Diploma
4 YEAR MAP
|ELA 1||ELA 2||
IB Language & Literature HL
AP Language test embedded
|IM 2||IM 3||
IB Math Applications & Interpretations HL
AP Calc A-B test embedded
|IB Spanish ab initio SL||
IB Spanish B HL
AP Spanish Language test embedded
|VAPA||World History||American History||Gov / Econ|
IB Environmental Systems and Societies SL
AP Environmental Science test embedded
|PE||PE||IB Dance SL||IB Computer Science SL|