Diploma Programme Curriculum Framework
At ISPP the IB Diploma balances subject breadth and depth in six areas. IBDP students consider the nature of knowledge across disciplines through the unique theory of knowledge course. Critical understanding, philosophical reflection and international-mindedness are nurtured starting with a foundation in student’s own language and culture. They develop a positive attitude, self-reliance and become well adapted to learning that scaffolds them towards university study. The IB Diploma has a reputation for its rigorous external assessment with published global standards. This is a qualification welcomed by universities worldwide.
This is a two year programme in which students choose six subjects from six group areas (Literature, Additional Language, Humanities, Science, Mathematics and the Arts). Three subjects are studied in depth (Higher Level – 240 hours tuition recommended), three subjects are studied at Standard Level (150 hours tuition recommended). Students are assessed through a mixture of internal assessment (coursework) and external assessment (final exams).
In addition the programme has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding.
• The extended essay is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.
• Theory of knowledge (TOK) is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific c, artistic, mathematical and historical).
• Creativity, Action, Service requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately.
Around 90% of eligible students at ISPP choose to take the IB Diploma each year.
Students can also elect to take any individual IB subject for external assessment. This facility is ideal for a student who is weak in one or more areas of the curriculum but can succeed at the highest level in other areas. Student achievement throughout the course is very carefully monitored and communicated to students and parents. In this way each student maximizes his or her potential.