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International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)

Scots students talk about why they are studying the IB Diploma, October 2014. Video credit: Fairfax NZ Ltd.

Scots College offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and the NCEA as a dual pathway to university entrance, both being nationally and internationally recognised.

The IBDP is a two-year qualification based on subjects studied in Years 12 and 13. While preparing the students for university studies it aims to give them a broad qualification with an international perspective through the study of six subjects as well as Theory of Knowledge (TOK). Students will also complete a CAS programme (Creativity, Action and Service) and write an Extended Essay (4000 words) in a subject of their own choice.


Who can apply?

  • To be successful in the IBDP the students will have to be well organised and self motivated.
  • If an NCEA student is interested in doing the IBDP, then it will have some impact on his choice of subjects for Year 11. It is advisable that the student …
    • does at least one science, preferably the science he intends to study for the Diploma
    • does at least one humanities subject (i.e. geography, history or economics), preferably the subject he intends to be his Group 3 subject for the Diploma
    • avoids taking more than one non-IB subject (eg: Accounting, Graphics, Tech, P.E.)

For more general information about the IB Diploma Programme , visit the IBO website.


Diploma Programme general presentation (PDF 3.4MB)
Diploma Programme grade descriptors (445KB)
Diploma Programme Standard level and higher level courses (434KB)
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10 Reasons why the IB Diploma Programme is ideal preparation for University (166KB)
IB Diploma Programme: a strong predictor of success in university (1MB)
IB introduction – PowerPoint (1.2MB)
Course Structure map – IB (36KB)
IB Diploma mythbusters (114KB)

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