IB Diploma Programme

Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation offering 4 highly respected programmes of international education that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.

The IB Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final exams that prepare students aged, 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond school. The programme is normally taught over 2 years and has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities. Click on the + icons below to view more information.

The IBDP Programme prepares students for effective participation in an increasingly global society as they:

Develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.
Acquire breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding studying courses from 6 subject groups.
Develop the skills and a positive attitude towards learning that will prepare them for higher education.
Study at least 2 languages and increase understanding of cultures, including their own.
Make connections across traditional academic disciplines and explore the nature of knowledge through the programme's unique theory of knowledge course.
Undertake in-depth research into an area of interest through the lens of 1 or more academic disciplines in the extended essay.
Enhance their personal and interpersonal development through creativity, action and service.

The Curriculum

IBDP students study 6 courses, 3 at higher level and 3 at standard level. Students must choose 1 subject from Groups 1 to 5, thus ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics. The 6th subject may be an arts course chosen from Group 6, or the student may choose another subject from Groups 2, 3 or 4.

The 6 Groups include the following:

Group 1
Studies in Language and Literature
Language A (Literature), Language A (Language and Literature) and Literature and Performance.
Group 2
Language Acquisition
Language B, Language ab initio and Classical Languages.
Group 3
Individuals and Society
Business and Management, Economics, Geography, History, Information Technology in a Global Society, Philosophy, Psychology, Social and Cultural Anthropology, World Religions and Environmental Systems and Societies.
Group 4
Sciences
Biology, Chemistry, Design Technology, Environmental Systems and Societies, Physics, Computer Science and Sports.
Group 5
Mathematics
Mathematical Studies SL, Further Mathematics HL, Mathematics SL and Mathematics HL.
Group 6
The Arts
Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Dance, Film and Literature and Performance.

Subjects Offered at ISL

The following subjects are offered at ISL:

Group 1
Language A
English A Language and Literature (SL and HL) and school supported self-taught Literature (SL).
Group 2
Language B
French B (SL and HL), Spanish B (SL and HL), Spanish ab initio and school supported self-taught Literature (SL).
Group 3
Individuals and Society
History (SL and HL), Geography (SL and HL), Business Management (SL and HL), Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) online (SL and HL) and Psychology online (SL and HL).
Group 4
Experimental Sciences
Biology (SL and HL), Physics (SL and HL) and Computer Science (SL and HL).
Group 5
Mathematics
Mathematics (SL and HL) and Mathematics Studies (SL).
Group 6
Arts and Electives
Visual Arts (SL and HL), Chemistry (SL and HL), Economics (SL and HL) and Psychology online (SL and HL) and Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) online (SL and HL).

The Diploma Programme Core

At the core of the IBDP Programme are the Extended Essay (EE), Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Creativity, Action and Service (CAS).

The Extended Essay (EE) asks students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying. Theory of Knowledge (TOK) develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines while Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the IBDP Programme. Please see the links to the right for more information.