International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

One of the pathways at the Australian International School

The Australian International School (AIS) in Singapore offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) as one of the pathways offered to secondary students in years 11 and 12. The IBDP is a highly regarded qualification that holds global recognition. Students who successfully complete their final two years of high school at the Australian International School can earn this valuable qualification, opening doors to various opportunities worldwide.

Program Overview

What is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) created the Diploma Program (IBDP) in 1968. It is one of two IB programs taught at AIS, the other is the Primary Years Program (PYP) taught in Elementary School. The language and philosophy of the Learner Profile underpins all of the IB curricula. Designed as an accessible and holistic pre-tertiary experience, the IBDP is internationally recognised by leading universities.

How is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) curriculum structured?

Students at AIS study six academic subjects over two years. At least three subjects will be studied at Higher Level (HL) and the remaining will be studied at Standard Level (SL). Mandatory studies in a native language, an acquired language, individuals and societies, experimental science and Mathematics.

Additionally, students have 3 core components: Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Extended Essay (EE), Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS).

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)
CAS encourages students to remain physically active, to pursue a creative interest and to engage in service learning within the School and beyond. CAS helps teach students the importance of balance in their lives and provides an avenue to reflect on other ways of learning.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
TOK is an interdisciplinary critical thinking subject that encourages inquiry and intellectual curiosity within and between all Diploma subjects.

Extended Essay (EE)
The EE is a tertiary-level research paper of approximately 4000 words. Students are encouraged to use the EE as a tool to deepen their inquiry into a topic of special interest and work with a supervisor to help develop their line of investigation. Students can complete the EE in any one of their Diploma subjects. International-mindedness is explored through all parts of the Diploma.

What are the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) subjects?

The six subject groups for the IBDP are:

Group 1 - Studies in Language and Literature

Language A – Literature:
Self-Taught (SL only)

Language A – Language & Literature:
Mandarin Chinese

Group 2 - Language Acquisition

Mandarin Chinese B
English B
French B
Mandarin Chinese ab initio (SL only)
Spanish ab initio (SL only)

Group 3 - Individuals and Societies

Business Management
Environmental Systems and Societies (SL only)

Group 4 - Experimental Sciences

Computer Science
Design Technology
Sports, Exercise and Health Science
Environmental Systems and Societies (SL only)

Group 5 - Mathematics

Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches HL
Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches SL
Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation HL
Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation SL

Group 6 - The Arts

Visual Arts

Which Universities can my child enter with the International Baccalaureate?

Students with an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma have access to a wide range of universities worldwide. The IB program is recognised and accepted by leading universities globally, offering students numerous options for higher education. Students should research and understand the specific subject requirements for their desired career paths. For instance, if a student aspires to become a doctor, a strong foundation in science subjects such as Biology, Chemistry, and Physics is typically required for medical school admission.

How is the International Baccalaureate (IBDP) graded?

In the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), the total score ranges from 0 to 45. A student can achieve a maximum score of 45 points by earning the highest possible grade (7 points) in each of the six subject areas and accumulating additional points from the core components: Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Extended Essay (EE), and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS).
To obtain the IB diploma, students must meet certain requirements. They need to achieve a minimum total score of 24 points out of 45. This means that they must accumulate a minimum of 24 points across their six subject areas and fulfil the core requirements.

Why study the International Baccaulearete at the Australian International School?

  • 100% pass rate in 2022
  • Over 2000 graduates, our first student graduate to receive a top score of 45/45 in 2017.
  • Australian International School Student Average is 34.71
  • 20% of students receive 40+ IB Score in 2022
  • 30 Bilingual Diplomas in 2022

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