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IB Diploma Program

The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers a continuum of international education. These programmes encourage both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.

The IBDP curriculum is a challenging and balanced programme of education. It is made up of six subject groups and three mandatory core elements called Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and CAS. A candidate can choose 6 subjects from 6 subject groups. The subjects are offered in both standard (150 hours of instruction) and higher levels (240 hours of instruction). Students can select 3 Higher level subjects and 3 standard level subjects based on their personal and career interests. The DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills. The following diagram describes the Diploma Programme model.

Students must choose one subject from each of six groups (1 to 6), ensuring breadth of knowledge and understanding in their best language, additional language(s), the social sciences, the experimental sciences, mathematics, and the arts. To meet the local and global university requirements, students can select an extra subject from group 3 or 4 in place of group 6. Subjects offered at Oakridge International School, Bengaluru is given below.

Group 1: English language and literature- HL and SL

Group 2: French B/French Ab Initio/Hindi B/Spanish B/Spanish Ab Initio (SL only)

Group 3: Business Management/Economics/Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS)/History HL and SL

Group 4: Biology/Chemistry/Computer Science/ Physics HL and SL /ESS (SL only)

Group 5: Mathematics Analysis and Approaches (AA)/Mathematics Application and Interpretations (AI) HL and SL

Group 6: Visual Arts HL

An International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme fosters creativity and imagination. IB students and teachers are encouraged to explore global and local issues, including developmentally appropriate aspects of the environment, development, conflicts, rights, and cooperation and governance.

At Oakridge International School, Inquiry-based teaching is promoted to meet the expectation of the programme. Through inquiry, action, and reflection, the IBDP aims to develop a range of competencies and dispositions that include approaches learning skills namely thinking, collaboration, communication, self-management, and research. It offers a curriculum framework and courses that are broad and balanced, conceptual and connected.

Apart from the Inquiry-based teaching and ATL skills, teaching and learning in the school foster International mindedness and IB learner profile attributes. IB learner profile attributes develop global citizens who, recognize their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

In addition to disciplinary and interdisciplinary study, the Diploma Programme features three core elements that broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.

  • The extended essay asks students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying.
  • Theory of knowledge develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. Students inquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction.
  • Creativity, action, service (CAS) involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme.

After successful completion of two years of teaching and learning, the IB board conducts external assessment either in the month of May or November. Two types of assessments are conducted namely

  1. Internal assessment and External assessment in each subject. 1. Internal assessment component: This component is carried out within the school by the subject teachers and later marked or moderated by IBO appointed external examiners or moderators. The percentage of Internal assessment component varies from subject to subject.
  2. External assessment component: This is an external examination conducted and examined by IBO. The school takes examinations in the May session each year. Students taking the diploma programme write the IBO examination at the end of the second year.

Students’ final attainment in the subject is reported on a scale of 1 to 7 in each subject. Core components Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Extended Essay(EE) are assessed on a scale from A to E. Based on the grade in TOK and EE, a maximum of 3 bonus points are awarded to the student (Please refer to the below table). Hence students can earn a maximum of 45-grade points.

World-leading universities recognise the DP as one of the highest standards in university preparatory education. Research studies suggest that higher rates of DP students go on to university and higher education study than non-IB students. Further, DP students report being better prepared for postsecondary studies than their peers.

The DP prepares students for a successful transition to higher education through its challenging and rewarding curriculum, which offers students a global perspective by cultivating international mindedness and developing key skills needed to succeed in further studies such as research, inquiry, independent study and critical analysis

All universities in India accept the IB Diploma as equivalent to Class 12 qualification from an Indian board

  • The IB Diploma has been recognized by the AIU (Association of Indian Universities) as an entry qualification to all universities in India since 1983 and renewed in 2010. According to AIU: “The International Baccalaureate Diploma has been equated with +2 stage (Grade 12) qualification of an Indian Board since 1983. Students intending to join Indian Universities after completion of their IB qualifications are eligible to pursue a Bachelor’s degree programme at Indian Universities. Those intending to join Professional Degree programmes are required to have studied the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Mathematics, and English at the qualifying level.” (AIU, Dec 2010).
  • Upon the release of their results, DP students can apply for an equivalence certificate from AIU or apply directly to the eligibility department of the university they wish to attend. School provides guidance on the subject selection to meet the university or college-specific requirements. The most popular destinations include the University of Mumbai, University of Delhi, NMIMS University, University of Pune, Christ University, Ashoka University, Manipal University, and VIT University.

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