Diploma Programme
DIPLOMA PROGRAMME​

BCS is a Candidate School* for the Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that BCS believes is important for our students.

The programme aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.

The IBDP is for students aged 16 to 19 years.

At the heart of the DP lies the DP core. Made up of the three required components, the DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills to solve real life problems.

 

The DP curriculum is made up six subject groups and the DP core, comprising Theory of Knowledge (ToK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and the Extended Essay (EE).

The six subject groups are:
  • Studies in language and literature.
  • Language acquisition.
  • Individuals and societies.
  • Sciences.
  • Mathematics.
  • The arts.
The three core elements are:
  • Theory of Knowledge (Tok), in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
  • The Extended Essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.
  • Creativity, Activity, Service, in which students complete a project to demonstrate these three concepts.

Students will take 3 subjects at higher level (HL) and 3 at standard level (SL). HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level. Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level. Standard level subjects take up 150 teaching hours while Higher level subjects take up 240 teaching hours.

Please visit the IB website to explore further.

https://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/