International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)


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The IB Diploma Programme is a demanding and challenging program with strict academic requirements. Both teachers and students find it intellectually stimulating. To date, IB students have successfully enrolled in over 700 universities worldwide.

The aim of the IBDP is to produce learners that show the qualities of the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile. Please see the attached profile.

To obtain the diploma, a student must meet a high standard of criteria in six subjects, three at higher level (HL) and three at standard level (SL), complete an interdisciplinary course in the Theory of Knowledge, submit an extended research essay and engage in creativity, activity and service activities (CAS).

The IB Diploma is a widely recognized international curriculum and university entrance program. Most European countries accept the IB Diploma as a university entrance qualification. The IB Diploma fulfils the general matriculation requirements of all British universities. In the United States, IB students use their diploma or subject certificates to gain university credit in the same manner that Advanced Placement tests are used. Many leading universities give up to one year’s credit on this basis. The Joint Matriculation Board of Southern Africa acknowledges the programme and a student achieving 24 points in the diploma will gain matriculation exemption. (Please see  the HESA Recognition of IB diploma for admission to universities and colleges document).

This article published in the Daily Mail discusses the A-level equivalence of the IB.


To complete the Diploma Programme students are required to complete 6 subjects chosen from the 6 groups. Three of the subjects must be chosen at the higher level and three at the standard level. One from each group must be chosen, although a Group 6 subject may be exchanged for a Group 3 or 4 subject. Students must also complete a 4000 word research paper (The Extended Essay), the Creativity, Activity and Service component and the Theory of Knowledge component. Please see the course guide for more details.

Subjects on offer in 2017

Group 1: Language and Literature
English Language and Literature SL/HL
Literature and Performance SL/HL
Language A Mother-tongue Self-taught SL

Group 2: Language Acquisition
Spanish ab Initio SL
Spanish B SL/HL
French B SL/HL
Afrikaans B SL/HL

Group 3: Individuals and Societies
History SL/HL
Geography SL/HL
Global Politics SL/HL
Business & Management SL/HL
Economics SL/HL
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Group 4: Sciences
Biology HL/SL
Chemistry SL/HL
Physics SL/HL

Group 5: Mathematics
Mathematics HL
Mathematics SL
Mathematical Studies SL

Group 6: The Arts
Visual Art SL/HL
Theatre SL/HL

Students who complete another Group 1 language instead of a Group 2 language are awarded a Bilingual Diploma.