International Baccalaureate

ΙΒ Diploma - International Baccalaureate

 

The ΙΒ Diploma (international school certificate) is a two-year curriculum and evaluation system for the last two last classes of high school. It is to effectively prepare potential students for a range of specialized studies abroad. The International Baccalaureate is equivalent and corresponding to the Greek Lyceum certificate and widely recognized internationally by colleges and universities.

What is IB Diploma

 

During a two-year curriculum of secondary education i.e. the last two classes of Lyceum, pupils are asked to choose 6 electives from 6 different academic fields to complement the common courses applicable to all directions of study.

Of those 6 academic fields, candidates have to study 3 compulsory subjects (mother tongue, a foreign language and mathematics) and 3 electives from the social, empirical and art disciplines. At the end of their two years, pupils sit international tests whose topics are set and graded by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)

IB Diploma Courses

 

Within this structured framework, the IB offers a lot of flexibility by taking pupil’s interests and capabilities into account. Through carefully choosing their subjects, pupils can tailor their curriculum to their needs.

Regardless of the choice of subjects, all pupils are asked to investigate how the six major themes interconnect, to study each subject through an international perspective, develop critical thinking on the relevant scientific fields, analyze a theme in great detail through independent research (essay of about 4.000 words) and finally, they are asked to apply their knowledge and skills through 50 hours of creative and voluntary work of their choice

IB Diploma Schools

 

Cats College, Centerbury

Cats College, Centerbury

 

International Baccalaureate UK - Evaluation Method

 

Assessments are done in various ways throughout the two year course. It includes the evaluation of pupils work by both external examiners and their own teachers. Internal evaluation by the school or teacher contributes between 20% and 30% in the evaluation of progress, but may represent even 50% in some of the art classes. The assessment process itself undergoes careful scrutiny and monitoring to make sure that a common evaluation standard applies to the work of all pupils, no matter where in the world they come from. In short, every IB pupil is subject to the same evaluation principles.