IB Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a two-year pre-university programme that is offered in over 5,000 schools in over 160 countries around the world.

The IBDP* is a challenging and rigorous programme, but it is also very rewarding. Pupils who complete the IBDP* are well-prepared for success in university and in the workplace.

The Aquila School is a candidate school* for the Career Related Programme and Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students. 

* Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org 

 

Academic Subjects and Components of the IBDP

The IBDP consists of six academic subjects, three core components, including an extended essay. The academic subjects are chosen from the following six groups:

  • Group 1: Languages and Literature
  • Group 2: Language Acquisition
  • Group 3: Individuals and Societies
  • Group 4: Sciences
  • Group 5: Mathematics
  • Group 6: The Arts

Core Components of the Programme

Theory of Knowledge

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

TOK is a course that helps pupils to develop their critical thinking skills and to explore the nature of knowledge.
Extended-Essay

Extended Essay (EE)

The EE is a 4,000-word research paper that pupils write on a topic of their choice.
Creativity-Activity-Service

Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS)

CAS is a programme that encourages pupils to get involved in their community and to develop their creativity and athleticism.
Theory of Knowledge

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

TOK is a course that helps pupils to develop their critical thinking skills and to explore the nature of knowledge.
Extended-Essay

Extended Essay (EE)

The EE is a 4,000-word research paper that pupils write on a topic of their choice.
Creativity-Activity-Service

Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS)

CAS is a programme that encourages pupils to get involved in their community and to develop their creativity and athleticism.
Note: We highly recommend the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award for all IB pupils.

Benefits of the IBDP

There are many benefits to taking the IBDP, including:

  • A challenging and rewarding education: The IBDP is a challenging programme, but it is also very rewarding. Pupils who complete the IBDP are well-prepared for success in university and in the workplace.
  • A globally recognized qualification: The IBDP is a globally recognized qualification that is highly respected by employers and universities around the world.
  • A holistic education: The IBDP provides pupils with a holistic education that includes academic studies, critical thinking skills, research skills, creativity, and athleticism.
  • Global opportunities: Pupils who complete the IBDP will have the opportunity to study and work abroad.

Who should take the IBDP?

The IBDP is ideal for pupils who are:

  • Looking for a challenging and rewarding educational experience
  • Planning to attend a top university

 

Who should take the IBDP?

The IBDP is ideal for pupils who are:

  • Looking for a challenging and rewarding educational experience
  • Planning to attend a top university

To study the IBDP, pupils must have at least 8 GCSEs at Grade 7 / Grade A.

 

This must include English, mathematics, two sciences, an additional language
and a GCSE Grade 7/A for any* HL course and a GCSE Grade 6/B for any SL course. 

(*HL & A&A mathematics, and any HL science requires Grade 8/A*)

Diploma courses on offer

The Aquila School offers the subjects listed below - however pupils should see the Options Form to see which combination of subjects is possible.
Language-Literature

Group 1
Language & Literature

English: Language and Literature (H/S), Literature for Performance (S)

Language-Aquisition

Group 2
Language Aquisition

Arabic (S), Spanish B (H/S), German Ab Initio (S), Mandarin Ab Initio (S[P], French Ab Initio (S)

Individuals-Societies

Group 3
Individuals & Societies

Environmental Systems and Societies (S), Business (H/S), Digital Societies (H/S), History (H/S), Economics (H/S) [P], Psychology (H/S) [P]

sciences

Group 4
Sciences

Biology (H/S), Chemistry (H/S), Physics (H/S), Computer Science (H/S), Sports, Exercise and Health Science (H/S), Design technology - Resistant Materials (H/S)
matematics

Group 5
Mathematics

Mathematics Analysis and Approaches (H/S), Mathematics Application and Interpretation (H/S)
creative

Group 6
The Arts

Visual Arts - Art (H/S), Dance (H/S), Theatre (H/S), Film (S) [P]
Language-Literature

Group 1
Language & Literature

English: Language and Literature (H/S), Literature for Performance (S)

Language-Aquisition

Group 2
Language Aquisition

Arabic (S), Spanish B (H/S), German Ab Initio (S), Mandarin Ab Initio (S[P], French Ab Initio (S)

Individuals-Societies

Group 3
Individuals & Societies

Environmental Systems and Societies (S), Business (H/S), Digital Societies (H/S), History (H/S), Economics (H/S) [P], Psychology (H/S) [P]

sciences

Group 4
Sciences

Biology (H/S), Chemistry (H/S), Physics (H/S), Computer Science (H/S), Sports, Exercise and Health Science (H/S), Design technology - Resistant Materials (H/S)
matematics

Group 5
Mathematics

Mathematics Analysis and Approaches (H/S), Mathematics Application and Interpretation (H/S)
creative

Group 6
The Arts

Visual Arts - Art (H/S), Dance (H/S), Theatre (H/S), Film (S) [P]

Legenda
H/S: denotes Higher Level or Standard Level
P: denotes Pamoja - this course is self-taught through the online platform Pamoja, at an additional fee.