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IB or International Baccalaureate is an educational programme developed in 1968 with the support of UNESCO. It covers all levels of study:
In addition, instead of DP, you can study the Career-related Programme. It is mostly focused on professional training.
The British International School is an accredited educational centre for the IB Diploma programme. We teach it to the senior classes at School 3. Now we will tell you about it in more detail.
The curriculum is designed for 2 years and serves to give high school students deep theoretical knowledge and good practical skills that will be needed for further study and work. The programme is a good choice for those who are going to a foreign university after school as it is highly appreciated by educational institutions around the world.
Before starting the programme, students choose six subjects, one from each subject group. Three of them will be studied at the standard level, and three more at the advanced level. Students can get a maximum of 7 points in each of the six subjects.
It is also obligatory to take courses in the theory of knowledge (TOK); the creativity, action, service (CAS) and, lastly, to write an extended essay of 4000 words (approximately 10–11 A4 pages). They are the core of the programme:
You can get 3 additional points to the diploma if you successfully pass the theory of knowledge and essay.
To receive an International Baccalaureate diploma at the end of 2 years, you are to:
The higher the total final score is, the more chances you have to enter a prestigious university. To go to study, for example, in the USA, it would be nice to have at least 34-38 points. You can enter the economics department at Moscow State University with 36 points, having received at least 6 in each subject of advanced level.
IB is taught in more than 5,000 educational institutions around the world. Let's figure out why it is so popular:
When deciding to study IB, a high school student should weigh the pros and cons. Despite the large number of advantages, you need to take into account the disadvantages that the programme has:
The creators of the International Baccalaureate programme work closely with schools, colleges and universities around the world. The content of the courses, the grading system, and the requirements for applicants are being improved from year to year. The goal is to educate curious, smart and caring young people who will help to create a better and safer world based on intercultural understanding and respect. Guided by this common goal, universities have specific requirements for IB graduates.
Most UK universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, accept IB as readily as they do the traditional English A-levels.
In Canada, for example, some universities enrol graduates of the International Baccalaureate directly to the second year.
In Germany, universities often impose additional requirements to applicants: to retake a foreign language exam, to pass specialized mathematics, etc.
Some countries, such as Turkey and Peru, do not consider DP to be the equivalent of a high school diploma. So there can be problems with admission to local universities.
Australian universities are happy to accept IB diplomas and often offer scholarships and credits to those who have high IB scores.
In France and China, students after the International Baccalaureate can also enter universities without difficulties.
The British International School was first accredited as an IB Learning Center in 2002. Since then, we have successfully passed every re-accreditation. You can get an International Baccalaureate diploma in our School 3. Pupils study the programme from the twelfth to the thirteenth year under the guidance of experienced coordinators. No matter how difficult the learning may seem, the results of our graduates are usually very high. For many years, The British International School 3 continues to outperform global averages, both with the school average IB result and subject average grade results. The world average IB Score for May 2021 was 33 and our school’s average score was 34.
If you want to graduate from IB DP and continue your studies abroad, be sure that the British International School can help to make your dreams come true. For 20 years of working with IB, we have developed the most effective teaching system. Our educators are experts who have many years teaching experience. Our graduates are now students of the best universities in the world.