The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a comprehensive course of study that combines a range of subjects.
MLC School's Year 12, IB cohort achieves the highest level internationally in the IB Diploma Programme.
MLC School has been an IB World School since 1999. This means that we:
- Share the mission and commitment of the IB to quality international education
- Play an active and supporting role in the worldwide community of IB schools
- Share their knowledge and experience in the development of IB programmes
- Are committed to the professional development of teachers
The IB Diploma Programme is a comprehensive and rigorous pre-university course of study for motivated students that combines a range of subjects with a program of:
- Research through the Extended Essay
- Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS)
- Theory of Knowledge (TOK), a course designed for students to be able to ask, ‘How do we know what we know?’
The IB Diploma Programme is based on the IB Organisation’s Mission Statement: ‘The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.’ Students select one subject from each of five different discipline areas as well as a sixth that may be an Arts discipline or another subject from Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies or Sciences. This ensures a breadth of experience in Languages, Humanities, Experimental Sciences and Mathematics, a key feature of the Diploma that makes it different from the HSC.
The IB offers an education that teaches students to think critically and independently, and how to inquire with care and logic. The IB prepares students to succeed in a world where facts and fiction merge in the news, and where asking the right questions is a crucial skill that will allow them to flourish long after they’ve finished their education.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a comprehensive and rigorous two-year course of study, undertaken in Year 11 and Year 12. It is chosen by a range of students as an alternative to studying the NSW Higher School Certificate.
The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the common planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
These are the reasons the IB Diploma Programme has such popularity and has seen rapid international growth, in both State and Independent schools, since its foundation in Geneva over 40 years ago. There are more than 969,000 IB students at over 3,290 schools in more than 141 countries – and the numbers are growing!
MLC School is one of 32 schools world-wide accredited as an AFEC accredited school, MLC School can provide flexible learning pathways to student athletes with policies and procedures as well as excellent support services. Being a World Academy of Sport school now allows our International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme students to complete the IB over a three-year period, rather than two years.
Key Benefits of the IB Diploma Programme
Many students in Year 10 are uncertain about their vocational or career options. Research shows that despite a demonstrated capacity, girls still under-enrol in maths and sciences in senior years, and this limits their tertiary choices. The IB Diploma requirement, that students take subjects from each area of the curriculum, including these subjects, is particularly beneficial for girls.
The IB Diploma Programme is recognised around the world and ensures an increased adaptability and mobility for IB students.
The curriculum of the IB Diploma Programme has an international perspective of learning and teaching, while insisting that students fully explore their home culture and language.
IB World Schools must undergo an exhaustive authorisation process in order to offer one or more of the programmes, which includes a study of the school’s resources and commitment to the IB mission and philosophy.
IB Diploma teachers participate in a wide variety of professional development opportunities to constantly update their knowledge and share their expertise with colleagues around the world.
Many students graduating from the IB Diploma Programme find that it enhances their opportunities at tertiary institutions. The IBO works closely with universities around the world to gain recognition for IB programmes.
The core components of the IB Diploma Programme encourage students to participate in active, creative and service-oriented activities, while at the same time emphasising the importance of reflection on a personal and academic level.
If you would like to learn more about the choice between the HSC and IB, please email Enrolments.
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