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Students of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme must study a subject from each of one of the 6 academic areas.

Group 1English Literature or Language and Literature

Group 2Language Acquisition – English, French, Spanish or Mandarin Ab Initio (beginner level).

Non-mainstream languages – 55 languages available and studied independently for example Korean, Japanese, German, Russian.

The opportunity to apply to study at higher and standard level is also available for students with demonstrated proficiency in another language.

Group 3Individuals and Societies – Business and Management or Environmental Systems and Societies, Psychology.

Group 4Experimental Sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Design Technology.

Physics is available for Year 10 2018 students when selecting their subjects for Year 11.

Group 5Mathematics High Level or Standard Level, mathematical studies Standard Level.

Group 6 – The Arts – DanceMusicTheatreVisual ArtsDesign Technology#, and Film.

# Design Technology can also be studied as a group 6 subject in which case another experimental science subject must be studied. Guidance is available to assist students select their subjects to tailor their IB Diploma Programme.

A full list of subjects offered can be found in the subject matrix (PDF, 805KB).

The IB Diploma curriculum is modelled by a Diploma Curriculum Framework with 6 academic areas surrounding the three core requirements.

Over the course of the 2 year program, students:

Normally students’ study loads consist of:

  • three of the 6 subjects studied at High Level (courses representing 240 teaching hours)
  • the remaining 3 subjects are studied at Standard Level (courses representing 150 teaching hours).

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  • Dance

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  • Design Technology

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  • English


  • Experimental Sciences

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  • Extended Essay

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  • Film

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    The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is a comprehensive pre-university two-year curriculum course of study designed for students in the 16 to 19 age range.

  • IB Learner Profile

    The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

  • Individuals and Societies

    Individuals and societies

  • Language Acquisition

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  • Mathematics


  • Music

    Music functions as a means of personal and communal identity and expression, and embodies the social and cultural values of individuals and communities.

  • Theatre

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  • Theory of Knowledge

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  • Visual Arts

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