International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a comprehensive pre-university two-year curriculum course of study designed for students in the 16 to 19 age range. It is a broad-based two-year course that aims to encourage students to be knowledgeable and inquiring, but also caring and compassionate. There is a strong emphasis on encouraging students to develop intercultural understanding, open-mindedness, and the attitudes necessary for them to respect and evaluate a range of points of view.
The IB Diploma Program is widely recognised by the world’s leading universities. The program is unique in that it is based on no particular national education system, but is a deliberate balance between breadth and the specialisation which is required by many universities.
Students learn more than a collection of facts.
The Diploma Program prepares students for university and encourages them to develop:
- critical thinking and analysis skills
- an international mindedness necessary to live and work in a global community
- an understanding of global issues and a concern for others in our community and the broader world
- a strong sense of their own identity and culture
- a balanced education for the ‘whole’ student
- an extensive knowledge and skill base in preparation for university and adult life.
IB Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.
These program encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
QACI Vision Statement
To be the world-class learning environment of choice for the aspirational creative generation.
The curriculum is modeled by a Diploma Curriculum Framework with six academic areas surrounding the three core requirements.
- study six subjects chosen from the six subject groups
- complete an Extended Essay
- follow a Theory of Knowledge course (TOK)
- participate in Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS).
Normally students’ study loads comprise:
- three of the six subjects are studied at High Level (courses representing 240 teaching hours)
- the remaining three subjects are studied at Standard Level (courses representing 150 teaching hours).
The International Baccalaureate has set very clear guidelines and regulations that students must achieve in order to receive the Diploma qualification. More information can be found on page 11 of the IB Handbook.
The Core of the Diploma Curriculum Framework
All Diploma Program students participate in the three course requirements that make up the core of the Diploma Curriculum Framework. Reflection on all these activities is a principle that lies at the heart of the thinking behind the Diploma Program.