Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (IBDP)

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a post-secondary programme that prepares students for university with a diverse range of academic and social skills. At its core is an approach to teaching and learning that builds real critical thinking, open-mindedness and willingness to take intellectual risks.  

There are 3 strands to the Core of the programme: the Extended Essay (EE), a 4000 word individual research project; Theory of Knowledge (TOK), a subject that focuses on how we construct knowledge; and Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS), a practical opportunity to undertake experiences outside the classroom that will help develop the learners as well-rounded individuals.  

The students are then required to select 6 subjects from 6 different groups ensuring that they receive a holistic education. It is a requirement to study Mathematics, English and a foreign language. The 3 remaining subjects can be selected from humanities, sciences and the arts.  

The IBDP creates well-rounded individuals through a holistic education. By studying 6 subjects in addition to the core of the programme, the students develop many skills that prepare them for university life. Our IB Alumni have commented they felt well-prepared for degree courses after the IB programme. As a result of their Extended Essays and Internal Assessments, they are confident when completing long, detailed reports and they have the necessary subject specific skills when undertaking scientific lab work at university level.  

The depth of critical thinking that IBDP graduates are capable of is unrivalled when it comes to analysis and evaluation of current world issues and academic contexts as a result of the unique core of the programme. It is a fantastic preparation for university life, employment and beyond.  

Students need to have a strong academic background with an enthusiasm to participate in lessons and everyday school life. This includes an entrance test to gauge the student’s cognitive abilities. It is strongly recommended however that students have at least 5 A’s at IGCSE level or equivalent.  

For more details on the enrolment process, please click here: IBDP Registration Form

Higher level studies consist of 240 hours of taught contact time and standard level studies 150 hours of taught contact time. The higher level subjects enable the students to go further with their studies and specialise to a certain extent. The students will take 3 subjects at standard level and 3 subjects at higher level. A higher level course is highly recommended for the subject the student would like to take at university.  

No. In fact, the IBO discourages this as there is an emphasis on well-rounded learners. For a university course such as medicine, it is sufficient to study Biology and Chemistry along with the other subjects as demonstrated by previous IB graduates here at SKIS. We highly recommend that students check the entry requirements for the courses and universities of their choice prior to the IBDP subject selection. 

Yes, the teachers are sent on specialist courses run by the IBO to develop their teaching practices. We also have a strong in-house training programme to support our teachers.  

There is coursework in the IBDP which is known as Internal Assessment. All subjects have an element of Internal Assessment in their programme. A typical example is in Geography where a 2500 word investigative report is worth 20% of the course’s final marks. 

I would recommend the student do some background reading on the subjects they are interested in to give them a good grounding when they embark on the programme in September. It may also be a good idea to investigate potential university courses so they can make informed decisions on the options that they would like to take at the start of the IBDP course.  

Mr Edward Baxter 
IBDP Coordinator and Key Stage 5 Director 
Sri KDU International School