Looking for a diploma program after High School?
International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a two-year program offered by International Baccalaureate (IB) a worldwide, nonprofit foundation that offers high quality and challenging educational programmes for students aged 3 to 19. IB diploma programs develop student’s intellectual, emotional, personal and social skills.
3 Components of IB DP
The IBDP Programme is a pre-university qualification that comprises 3 core components:-
Theory of Knowledge
It is a mandatory subject that encourages critical thinking and develops exceptional knowledge and understanding of the learning process that can be applied to various subjects. It is evaluated through an oral presentation and a 1,600-word essay. It asks students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know.
The student has to write an extended essay on the topic which interests them in 4,000-word based on research. The extended essay is mandatory for all students.
Creativity, Action and Service (CAS)
Student have to document a project (minimum of one month’s duration) to showcase their participation in various experiences with a reasonable balance between creativity (including arts, and experiences that involve creative thinking), activity(physical action necessary to achieve a healthy lifestyle), and service (helping community)
Details of Other Subjects in IB DP
It also has six broad subject groups which students have to choose to develop specialised knowledge and skills in topics that interest them the most.
Students have to choose subject groups from
- Language and Literature
- Language Acquisition
- Individuals and Societies
Students can opt for additional subjects from the same groups instead of arts.
Students have to take some subjects at a higher level (HL) which take 240 teaching hours and some at a standard level (SL)which take up to 150 teaching hours. Each student has to take at least 3 but not more than 4 subjects at a higher level, and the remaining at a standard level.
What is the eligibility for an International Baccalaureate Diploma program?
IB DP is mainly for students who have passed high school (between 16 and 19) years.
What are the requirements of IB School in Singapore?
- Some schools may have GPA requirements
- Students interested in joining the IB program need to submit an application before the due date, which can be either enquired through school counsellors or can be checked on their school’s website
- Applications require teacher recommendation letters, grade reports, essays, vaccination reports and a list of extracurricular activities reports.
How to prepare for IB Diploma Program
It is better to ask students who have already done their IB DP and get their feedback to understand the in-depth detail.
Assess your learning style
Know that IBDP isn’t for everyone, and it’s okay IBDP involves a lot of group projects and challenges so first know whether you are ready for such challenges; will you be able to cope up.
Talk to counsellors or IB Dp experts
Students should get in touch with counsellors or experts in order to get guidance
and to look for alternatives.
Why GIIS – IB schools in Singapore?
With 40+ skills-based studios, digital classrooms and a well-designed curriculum GIIS SMART Campus stands out as a perfect IB School in Singapore
Not only that GIIS has a unique 7S methodology to check the academic and non-academic progress of students. In this method, teachers and coordinators gather student’s data from 7 different areas like school, segment, section, subject, subject-teacher, student and summary which gives an idea on student’s performances inside and outside the classroom.
The faculty at GIIS is recognised for its high standard in teaching methodologies; most of the faculty are IB trained with 60% of them being IB examiners.
GIIS is one of the leading IB Secondary Schools in Singapore and ranks among the top global IB schools. The school has produced 45 world toppers since 2005.