GCS offers the IB Diploma Programme to Grade 11 and Grade 12 students since September 2011.
Recently, all Grade 12 students who are entering IB exams in May were registered. We will soon double-check the accuracy of these entries. Grade 12s will also be taking important trial exams in January. These will allow us to identify specific areas to address in each subject area. It is imperative that they prepare seriously for these exams and that they respond constructively to feedback from them. The few months that remain before May will prove critical to our students’ aspirations.
Ms Hollington also chaired a pizza-fuelled meeting with the year-group in order to discuss Graduation and other pressing topics.
Grade 11 students are soon to start their Extended Essays. They will be given a timeline on which internal targets will be indicated. Having identified a particular area to research, they will consult with subject specialists is order to fine-tune their ideas so that they will be able to start the process with a clear idea of their final direction. Next term, they will receive further support on issues relating to research, citation, the construction of a bibliography and academic honesty.
The Diploma Programme (DP) is a challenging, broad and balanced programme set over two years of study. The DP is well recognised by leading universities throughout the world and aims to equip students with not only the basic academic skills needed for university study, but to also create a well-rounded individual who has developed positive values and life skills.
IB is equivalent to the German 'Abitur' (A-Level/ University Entrance Diploma)
IB Diploma Programme students study six subjects from 6 subject groups
- Group 1 - Language A1 - Studies in Language & Literature
- Group 2 - Language - second language - Language Acquisition
- Group 3 - Individuals and societies
- Group 4 - Experimental sciences
- Group 5 - Mathematics and computer science
- Group 6 - The arts
Students are expected to study three (with the possibility of studying four) subjects at higher level. Higher level subjects are taught over 240 teaching hours and require a greater depth of study. Breadth of learning is encouraged with a requirement to study three more subjects (two if four are studied at higher level) at standard level these courses are usually taught over 150 teaching hours.
- Theory of knowledge - Explores the different concepts of knowledge across the whole curriculum.
- Extended essay - an externally assessed independent research assignment in one of the six subject areas. This allows students to specialise in certain subject areas and prepare for university studies.
- Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) - Students are required to undertake a minimum of 150 hours in creative, physical and service activities that take them well beyond the confines of their classrooms and gain them real - life experience.