The IB Diploma is recognised worldwide as a superior qualification for university entrance which prepares students well for the demands of higher education. Based on the pattern of no single country, the Programme incorporates the best elements of many and is a deliberate compromise between the early specialisation required in some systems and the breadth preferred in others.
A candidate for the IB Diploma must complete a series of assignments, the central feature of which is study for six courses to be chosen from each of the following options:
Group 1 Language A
Group 2 Language B or ab initio
Group 3 The Study of Individuals and Societies
Group 4 Experimental Sciences
Group 5 Mathematics
Group 6 Visual Arts or an elective from groups 1-4
Some subjects are available at Higher Level (HL) and some are available at Standard Level (SL). For the IB Diploma, students must take three courses at the Higher Level and three at the Standard Level. Students are thus able to explore some subjects in depth and others more broadly.
In addition to these six courses, there are three additional requirements. All students must:
- Complete the Theory of Knowledge course.
- Engage in the CAS Programme - Creativity, Action and Service.
- Submit an Extended Essay, approximately 4000 words.
IB Programme (DP) Eligibility Policy
The International Baccalaureate Diploma is considered to be an advanced placement diploma made available by IST to its most outstanding students. For this reason we have a clear IB Eligibility Policy.