The International Baccalaureate Diploma is a rigorous pre-university course of study that leads to examinations, for highly motivated secondary school students. It is a comprehensive two-year curriculum that generally allows students to fulfill requirements of various national education systems. IB Diploma holders gain admission to universities throughout the world, including the most elite.
1. The IB Diploma model incorporates the best elements of several national systems, without being based on any one. Responsibility for all academic judgments about the quality of candidates’ work rests with 4000 examiners worldwide, led by chief examiners with international authority in their fields.
2. AIU (Association of Indian Universities) accept IB Diploma results for entry into Indian colleges and universities after the Diploma (i.e. after Grade 12).
3. Worldwide recognition of IB Diploma by universities around the world.
The programme offers three special features:
Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is an interdisciplinary requirement intended to stimulate critical reflection on the knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom. The course challenges students to question the bases of knowledge, to be aware of subjective and ideological biases, to develop the ability to analyze evidence that is expressed in rational argument. It is a key element in encouraging them to appreciate other cultural perspectives. The course is unique to the IB, which recommends at least 100 hours of teaching time spanning the programme’s two years.
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)
The IB’s goal is to educate the whole person and foster responsible, compassionate citizens. The CAS programme encourages students to share their energy and special talents with others: students may, for example, participate in theatre or musical productions, sports and community service activities. Students should, through these activities, develop greater awareness of themselves, concern for others, and the ability to work cooperatively with other people.
An Extended Essay of 4,000 words
Each student has the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest. The essay requirement acquaints Diploma candidates with the kind of independent research and writing skills expected by universities. The IB recommends that a student devote a total of about 40 hours of private study and writing time to the essay, which may be written in one of 60 subjects, including many languages.
The Diploma is displayed in the shape of a hexagon with the six academic areas surrounding the core.
Six academic subjects are studied concurrently and students are required to study both the Humanities and the Sciences. Diploma candidates must select one subject from each of the six groups, although a second subject from groups 1 to 5 may be substituted for group 6. Three of these are taken at higher level (HL), while the others are standard level (SL); HL courses represent a minimum of 240 teaching hours, SL courses cover 150 hours. Students are thus able to explore some subjects in depth and others more broadly, a deliberate compromise between the early specialization of some national systems and the breadth found in others. The science-oriented student is challenged to learn a foreign language and the natural linguist becomes familiar with laboratory procedures. The subjects are continually reviewed and revised to meet contemporary needs. The list below serves as a current guide only.
Group 1 – Language (A1)
First language, including the study of selections from world literature. DYPIS offers language A1 classes in English.
Group 2 – Second Language (B and Ab Initio)
All diploma candidates are examined in a second language. The principal aim for the subjects in group 2 is to enable students to use the language in a range of contexts and for many purposes; the courses focus on written and spoken communication. Second language learners with previous experience can study Hindi B. Beginners with no previous experience in a particular language can study that language at the Ab Initio level. French Ab is offered at DYPIS.
Group 3 – Individuals and Societies
Business & Management - The course in Business and Management includes the following aims and topics: how and why individuals form organisations, organisational problems and life cycles, the variety of organisations that exist including profit making and non-profit making organisations, the principles of organisation and the techniques widely practised in the ongoing process of decision-making, the interdependency of organisations and the effect on problem solving, and finally the role of individuals and groups within organisations. Economics - The IB Economics course is designed as a general introduction to the subject. The main areas are micro and macro economics, international economics and development. Special emphasis is given to internationalism and development and an attempt is made to relate what is covered in class to students’ experiences and the real world.
Group 4 – Experimental Sciences
The subjects available in group 4 are: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Systems & Societies. Practical laboratory skills are developed and collaborative learning is encouraged through an interdisciplinary group project. Students develop an awareness of moral and ethical issues and a sense of social responsibility is fostered by examining local and global issues.
Group 5 – Mathematics
All candidates for a diploma are required to complete a Mathematics course, and two options are available to cater for different abilities and levels of student interest. Each course aims to deepen a student’s understanding of Mathematics as a discipline and to promote confidence and facility in the use of mathematical language.
Group 6 – Arts
This includes Visual Arts, with emphasis placed on practical production by the student and exploration of a range of creative work in a global context.
At, DYPIS we shall be offering the following subjects as part of the IB Diploma Program:-
Group 1 - English A1
Group 2 - Hindi B, French B and French Ab Initio
Group 3 - Business & Management, Economics
Group 4 - Physics, Chemistry, Biology and
Environmental Systems and Societies
Group 5 - Mathematics
Group 6 - Visual Arts
All the above subjects (except French Ab Initio) shall be offered at two levels - Higher Level and Standard Level. French Ab Initio shall be offered at Standard Level only.
Students shall be required to take one subject from each of the first 5 groups and select an additional subject either from Group 6 or from Group 3/ Group 4. Three of the subjects need to be taken at a Higher Level and three at a Standard Level. Therefore students need to keep in mind their future career aspirations while selecting the subjects and the levels. The School’s Academic Directors shall assist the child and the parent in this regard.