IB Diploma Programme (IBDP)

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IB Diploma Programme (IBDP)

Supporting Students To Compete At The Global Level

The mission of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO)’s programmes is to “develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through education that builds intercultural understanding and respect.” Sunmarke offers the IB Diploma Programme and Career related Programme as this mission aligns with our own to “Nurture the next generation of change-makers for a better tomorrow.” Through its exceptional academic and non-academic initiatives, our school grooms our students to use their education to positively influence their communities. Find out more about the details of the IB Diploma Programme at Sunmarke.

What is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme?

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a holistic programme which gives you a broad post 16 education whilst also allowing you to specialise in three subjects. You will take three Standard Level subjects and three Higher Level subjects as well as the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and the Creativity, Activity and Service Programme (CAS). Each subject is graded from 1-7 with the diploma core (Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay) giving 3 more points depending on the combination of grades in these components. Students must achieve a minimum total of 24 points to pass the Diploma Programme.

What does this Pathway look like?

Each week you will receive lessons in your 6 subjects (typically 4 lessons for higher level and 3 for standard level) as well as lessons in Theory of Knowledge (TOK). You will also receive sessions to develop writing and research skills needed for the Extended Essay. This is a piece of academic writing where you choose the subject, topic and research question to produce an answer in a 4,000 word research report. The CAS programme is a non-graded component which encourages students to set objectives in creative, active and service experiences outside of the classroom. Each subject has a coursework component worth at least 20% meaning the whole grade does not rest on the final exams.

How does this Pathway lead to University?

An internationally recognised qualification, the IBDP will give you access to the most competitive universities worldwide. With the DP developing more than just subject knowledge, universities see it as a perfect higher education preparation programme. As all students study English Language and Literature, you will meet the language requirement of most universities that deliver courses in English. The IBDP programme also continues a student’s study in Mathematics. Students completing the IBDP programme continue to study Mathematics and English throughout their Secondary education and are then able to demonstrate 4 years of study in Mathematics and English during the application process. The IB Diploma, due to its holistic nature and its requirements, is highly valued by universities worldwide.

What skills will I develop?

Through coursework components, the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge, you will learn to think critically, write well constructed, balanced arguments and write using an academic structure. The CAS programme develops skills to ensure you are a well-rounded student who has lots of experiences beyond the classroom to make you really stand out in university applications and interviews.

IB Diploma Programme courses options on offer at Sunmarke:

  • English Language & Literature
  • Environmental Systems and Societies
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Psychology
  • Business Management
  • Visual Arts
  • Economics
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Maths: Analysis & Approaches
  • Maths: Application & Interpretation
  • Film

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At the core of the IB Programmes is a focus on teaching and learning, and the IB Learner Profile. The IB Learner Profile is a set of traits which the IB believes students must develop to meet the mission’s long-term goal. Throughout the two years of the programme, teachers will promote these attributes in lessons to help students become better learners which will enhance their academic journey and prepare them to be more independent after graduating from school. Below are the 10 traits that make up the IB Learner Profile.


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