International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Core

IBDP Core

The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups.

Made up of the three required components, the DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.

Extended Essay (EE)

This offers students the exciting prospect of investigating a topic of special interest to them. The Extended Essay is an in-depth study of a limited topic chosen from one of your subjects on the IB Diploma programme. Emphasis is placed on the development in skills of organization and expression of coherent and logical ideas. Students will be personally supervised by a dedicated tutor and supported by the librarian. The Extended Essay is externally assessed and points are awarded together with the Theory of Knowledge oral presentation and essay. The experience of writing this essay will benefit students both academically and intellectually. Students will gain confidence in terms of the substantial piece of individual work achieved and become acquainted with the process of research and information processing – all key skills expected at university or in the business world.

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

The Creativity, Activity, Service element encourages students to be involved in creative pursuits, physical activities and community projects at local, national and international levels. Students will work towards gaining the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Bronze, Silver or Gold Level.

The IB curriculum offers a complete educational programme in which the experiential parts of the curriculum are of comparable importance to the traditional academic subjects. CAS has the same status as each of the six academic subjects required for the IB Diploma, the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge. The philosophy behind completing CAS is that some essential aspects of education sometimes take place outside the classroom or examination hall and in the ‘real world’ – experiencing first hand ‘life’ lessons.

Assessment for CAS is through self-evaluation, followed by peer and teacher evaluation of your involvement in a series of projects. The projects are wide ranging and cover sports and expeditions to Arts projects and Charity involvement such as working with local community projects and attending international student conferences.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

The Theory of Knowledge course is designed to develop a coherent approach to learning across all academic areas and encourages appreciation of other cultural perspectives. It is the ‘glue’ that binds the Diploma together. Run in seminars students are expected to contribute to class discussions, reflecting on what it means to know something – for example ‘What makes a great piece of art?’ ‘To what extent am I influenced by my culture?’ to ‘How can I know what is right?’

In TOK there may not be a right or wrong answer but it will ask students to develop an awareness of how knowledge is constructed, evaluated and renewed by societies and individuals. Students learning experiences will focus on real and very topical issues and students will be encouraged to develop their presentation and group work skills.

Students will receive on – going feedback from the TOK Coordinator and a dedicated tutor before completing an internally assessed oral presentation (which will be research and presented by groups of two to three students) and an externally assessed TOK essay from a choice of themes.