The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) aims to “develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. It encourages students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”

The IBDP provides another pathway for students in the senior secondary years through an education that enables students to make sense of the complexities of the world around them as well as equipping them with the skills and dispositions needed for taking responsible action for the future. It provides an education that crosses disciplinary, cultural, national and geographical boundaries, and that champions critical engagement, stimulating ideas and meaningful relationships.

The program is centred around the 10 Learner profile attributes which aim to educate students to be knowledgeable, reflective, thinkers, inquirers, principled, caring, open-minded, communicators, reflective and risk-takers.

Apart from six subjects selected from six subject groups, students are required to study the core consisting of three components: Theory of knowledge (TOK), Creativity, activity, service (CAS) and Extended essay (EE).

Students choose to study 3 subjects at Higher level (HL) and 3 subjects at Standard level (SL). Each subject has an internal (IA) and external assessment (EA) component.

Students are graded using Grades 1 to 7 according to the subject’s Grade descriptors as described in the IB Diploma Programme outline.

Subject selection form PDF

Group 1: Language A

Group 2: Language acquisition

Group 3: Individuals & societies

Group 4: Sciences

Group 5: Mathematics

Group 6: Arts

  • Music or a group 2, 3 or 4 subject

IB CORE (All three are compulsory)

The IB Diploma

The final diploma result score is made up of the combined scores for each subject. The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points out of 42including successful completion of the three essential elements of the DP core. 

SACE students may undertake the study of one IB subject which on successful completion may be counted towards their SACE points. They are advised to contact the IB Coordinator to discuss their selection.