International Baccalaureate programme is an internationally recognised programme, founded in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland, it has now completed 50 years, and its presence can be seen in more than 150 countries. IB has a curriculum which no one can beat, and it is a unique and extraordinary programme. IB’s programme is divided into three segments; PYP (Primary Years Programme) which runs from ages 3 to 12, MYP (Middle Years Programme) which runs from ages 11 to 16 and the last one being the Diploma Programme (DP) which runs from ages 16 to 19.
The most popular programme out of the three is the Diploma Programme, its history dates to 1968 approximately fifty years ago. Around fifty years ago was the time when IB as an educational body was formed and introduced their first programme the Diploma Programme. The Diploma Programme created a benchmark when it came to high school education, and it was a curriculum which had the right balance of academics and extra-curricular. Before digging more into IB’s Diploma Programme it is vital for us to know the benefits it offers, so let us get to it:
- DP aims to develop knowledgeable children who are well mannered and caring, and they indulge their students in various extra-curricular activities.
- Internationally acknowledged program: The IB Diploma is recognised as a fantastic scholastic program and a robust college passage accreditation.
- Functional learning: Application-based learning that concentrates on the overall development of the students. The main aim is on practical learning and not on retaining. IB does not focus on the quantity of the syllabus instead on the quality of the education being provided. Theory of Knowledge (TOK) particularly encourages understudies to associate and apply the information increased through instruction.
- All Over Development: Equal accentuation on co-curricular and additional curricular exercises. The program helps them in becoming confident and improve competitive performance.
- Social Responsibility: The weight on network benefit cultivates social duty on students at a remarkably youthful age.
- Fair Assessment: Assessment is made on student’s learning and not on his/her memory power or speed.
Now that we know the benefits of IB’s diploma programme we can get onto knowing about its curriculum and subjects studied in it. A total of six subjects are studied in it, here is the list of all of them:
- Studies in language and literature
- Language acquisition
- Individuals and societies
- The arts.
These subjects have different courses under them. It is compulsory for students to do courses under all of the subjects mentioned above. Some courses can be taken at higher level (HL) and some at standard level (SL). It is necessary for the student to take at least three subjects at higher level and the remaining three at standard level.
The teaching hours at standard level is a bit lower when compared to higher level as at 150 hours and 240 hours respectively. Diploma Program’s curriculum differs a lot when compared to CBSE, the standard board in India. CBSE divided its subjects into sciences, arts and commerce whereas in DP a student can take up a mix of subjects whichever he like and study, this helps the students in scoring well as they do where their interest lies.
IB’s Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme are all one of a kind programmes which have great curriculums, if you want to see your child succeed then admitting him/her into a IB school is the best option.