The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a two years pre-university course offered to students aged 16 to 19. The Diploma Programme encourages students to think critically and develop into responsible citizens having a global perspective. The curriculum is comprehensive and balanced coupled with assessments that enhance intellectual rigor and help students relate classroom learning with the outside world and real life experiences. Diploma Programme graduates develop into lifelong learners and are trained to approach unfamiliar situations with confidence.
The IB Diploma Programme with its demanding academic standards has high acceptance in Universities and Colleges worldwide.
The Diploma Programme prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society as they:
- Develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
- Acquire breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, studying courses from 6 subject groups
- Develop the skills and a positive attitude toward learning that will prepare them for higher education
- Study at least two languages and increase understanding of cultures, including their own Make connections across traditional academic disciplines and explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique element –
TOK (Theory of Knowledge)
- Undertake in-depth research into an area of interest through the lens of one or more academic disciplines in the
EE (Extended Essay).
- Enhance their personal and interpersonal development through
CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service)
To qualify for, and continue in the Diploma Programme at The Universal School, students must meet the entrance requirements.
The Core Elements:
The uniqueness of the Diploma Programme lies in the following core elements.
Theory of Knowledge (TOK) The interdisciplinary theory of knowledge course is designed to provide coherence by exploring the nature of knowledge across disciplines, encouraging an appreciation of other perspectives.
Extended Essay (EE) The extended essay has a prescribed limit of 4,000 words. It offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of individual interest, and acquaints students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university.
Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) Participation in the CAS programme encourages candidates to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports, and community service work. The programme fosters students’ awareness and appreciation of life beyond the academic arena.
At the end of the two-year programme, candidates are assessed both internally and externally in ways that measure individual performance against stated curriculum and assessment objectives for each subject.