The IB Programme

ISB has been offering a high-quality international education for over 50 years. As well as its academic accomplishments, ISB supports students to acquire skills and independent study habits which will benefit them throughout their lives. Our students graduate as analytical, creative thinkers with self-discipline and skills to succeed in university and the workplace.

In the Pre-University, or Pre-U, section of the school Year 12 and 13 students follow the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, as best preparation for their move to university.

The Diploma is administered by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), a gold-standard examination body; 1.3 million students in 4,500 schools, ranged over 147 countries take over 600,000 examinations each year. The IBO is recognised by over 90% of the world’s universities.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) is an academically and personally challenging course which allows ISB graduates to enter top universities all over the world. Along with 6 subjects, students are required to meet the requirements for Theory of Knowledge (ToK), write a 4,000-word Extended Essay and complete Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS). Students who do not meet the entry requirements (generally 5 or more IGCSE A* - C grades including English and Maths) for the full Diploma may choose to study a more concise programme of individual IB courses.

Subjects Offered

IB Diploma Programme

An academically demanding course, with a minimum requirement of 5 IGCSE passes at Grade C or above. To study at Higher Level, the requirement is Grade B in that subject or similar.

The full IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) comprises of:

Then choose one subject option from each of the 6 Groups; 3 subjects at Higher Level and 3 at Standard Level.

IB Diploma Course

Students who do not achieve the minimum entry requirements for the full IB Diploma programme may apply to join the IB Diploma Course.

The IB Diploma course is a number of individual IB subjects, at either Standard or Higher Level. Students are given guidance by our Pre-U team to help them select subjects that will allow them to apply for undergraduate or foundation courses at university. IB course students do not have to complete the core requirements of ToK (Theory of Knowledge), Extended Essay and CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service)