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IB Curriculum


IB Diploma Model

Students undertake the International Baccalaureate Programme Diploma in the last two years of High School. IB Diploma Candidates study six subjects, 3 at Standard Level (SL) and 3 at Higher Level (HL) over the two Diploma Years. The subjects offered at Bayview Secondary School can be found here​

In addition they complete the 3 Core Components:
  • Extended Essay
  • Theory of Knowledge
  • Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) Experiences

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme uses both internally and externally assessed components to assess student performance.

For most courses, written examinations at the end of the DP form the basis of the assessment. This is because these examinations have high levels of objectivity and reliability.

Students can earn up to 7 points for each of the subjects that they take and up to 3 points for completing the Extended Essay and CAS. Students must​ earn a minimum of 24 points out of a possible 45 to earn the IB Diploma. 

The IB assess student work as a direct evidence of achievement against the stated goals of the DP courses.

DP assessment procedures measure the extent to which students have mastered advanced academic skills in fulfilling these goals, for example:
  • analysing and presenting information
  • evaluating and constructing arguments 
  • solving problems creatively.
Basic skills are also assessed, including:
  • retaining knowledge
  • understanding key concepts
  • applying standard methods
​In addition to academic skills, DP assessment encourages an international outlook and intercultural skills, wherever appropriate. Student results are determined by performance against set standards, not by each student's position in the overall rank order.

The IB uses both external and internal assessment.

External Assessment: Examinations form the basis of the assessment for most courses. They include:
  • essays
  • structured problems
  • short response questions
  • data response questions
  • text response questions
  • case study questions
  • multiple choice questions (rarely used)

Internal Assessment: Teacher assessment is also used for most courses. This includes:
  • ​oral work in languages
  • laboratory work in sciences
  • investigations in mathematics
  • artistic performances

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