Unlike other Queensland Schools, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is the ONLY curriculum offered to students who study at Queensland Academies. Students commence at QACI at the beginning of Year 10 for an immersion IB preparation program. The IB Diploma Programme studied in Years 11 and 12 has the strengths of a traditional curriculum, but with three important integrated features including the Extended Essay (EE), Theory of Knowledge (ToK) and Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS). The integrated nature of the IB Diploma Programme enables engagement in cross-curricular learning opportunities which helps to develop a range of capabilities in QACI’s inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.
Students of the IB Diploma Programme must study a subject from each of one of the six academic areas.
Group 2 – Language 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 3 – Individuals and Societies - Business & Management or Environmental Systems & Societies, Psychology
Group 4 – Experimental Sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Design Technology
Physics is available for Year 10 2018 students when selecting their subjects for Year 11.
Group 5 – Mathematics HL or SL, Mathematical Studies SL
# 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 here – Subject Matrix 2017-2018
The Structure of the IB Diploma curriculum is presented in the diagram below.
Study six academic subjects, one of each of the groups represented by the circle. (Exceptions for group 6 apply); complete at least three and not more than four of these at the Higher Level, and the remainder at the Standard Level; Satisfactorily complete the following additional core requirements. Students confirm the level of subject study in Year 10, Term 3 for commencement in Term 4.