IB Diploma Programme

A challenging programme that provides excellent breadth and depth of knowledge.

A CHALLENGING, REWARDING EDUCATION

The IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) is globally renowned and respected by leading universities across the globe. It is designed for students aged 16-19 who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge and flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.

The IBDP curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the core, comprising Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and the Extended Essay. Through the core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service.

The core is comprised of:

Extended Essay – an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper. Students are support by a supervisor.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) – this aims to make students aware of the interpretative nature of knowledge, including personal ideological biases – whether these biases are retained, revised or rejected. TOK gives students and their teachers the opportunity to:

  • reflect critically on diverse ways of knowing and on areas of knowledge
  • consider the role and nature of knowledge in their own culture, other cultures and the wider world

TOK is assessed through an oral presentation and a 1,600 word essay.

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) – learning through experience to enhance students’ personal and interpersonal development to become compassionate global citizens. CAS provides opportunities for self-determination and collaboration with others, fostering a true sense of accomplishment and enjoyment. It includes:

  • Creativity – arts and other experiences that involve creative thinking
  • Activity – physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the IBDP
  • Service – an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student and respects the rights, dignity and autonomy of all involved
Our IBDP students learn to challenge assumptions, embrace new perspectives and use their knowledge and skills to make an impact.Jane Barker, IBDP Coordinator

IB Results 2019 - 2021

All subjects 2019 2020 2021
BBIS Average
5.2
5.2
5.7
Worldwide Average
4.6
5.0
5.3

OUR COURSES

At BBIS, we offer a range of IBDP courses. Please note that course availability depends upon student demand – not all courses are offered every year. All students need to choose ONE subject per subject group (3 Higher Level and 3 Standard Level). Students who take two languages in Group 1 do not have to take a Group 2 language but can do so; and they are also eligible to receive a bilingual IB Diploma.

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature

English Literature: Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL)

English Language and Literature: HL and SL

German Literature: HL and SL

German Language and Literature: HL and SL

Native Language: Self-taught** SL

**Students who choose a school-supported, self-taught option as a Language A Literature course in their native language must have had education instruction in their home language for several years. They must also be capable of a high degree of independent work. The school's self-taught supervisor will meet with students regularly, guide, and support them through course objectives and assessment components. BBIS provides a first and best language tutor who will closely work with the supervisor and student to help support the student's language development and assessment.

Group 2: Language Acquisition

English B: HL

German B: HL and SL

French B: HL and SL

German ab initio: SL

Spanish B: HL and SL

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

Business and Management: HL and SL

Economics: HL and SL

Geography: HL and SL

History: HL and SL

Group 4: Sciences

Biology: HL and SL

Chemistry: HL and SL

Physics: HL and SL

Design: Technology HL and SL

Group 5: Mathematics

Math Analysis & Approaches: HL and SL

Math Applications & Interpretations: HL and SL

Group 6: The Arts and Electives

Music: HL and SL

Visual Art: HL and SL

Native Language: Self-taught** SL

Another Subject from Groups 1 to 4

**Students who choose a school-supported, self-taught option as a Language A Literature course in their native language must have had education instruction in their home language for several years. They must also be capable of a high degree of independent work. The school's self-taught supervisor will meet with students regularly, guide, and support them through course objectives and assessment components. BBIS provides a first and best language tutor who will closely work with the supervisor and student to help support the student's language development and assessment.

OTHER PATHWAYS TO GRADUATION

BBIS High School Diploma together with IBDP Certificates

Students who choose not to pursue the full IBDP may take individual IB subjects. They can choose up to six subjects at Higher or Standard Level, for which they complete the same coursework and assessments as IBDP students. They must also complete the CAS requirements and attend the TOK programme; however, they do not have to complete the Extended Essay. If students do not take an IBDP certificate in a course, their assessments are marked internally.

BBIS High School Diploma

High School Diploma students choose one subject from each of Groups 1 to 5 in the IBDP. They may also take an additional Visual Art or Music course from Group 6. To graduate, they must reach the required level for all their classes and complete the requirements for CAS. Their assessments are marked internally.