Learning

We’ve chosen the IB Diploma Programme for IES College because its internationally focused, broad and balanced educational experience will arm you with the key 21st Century skills and values you’ll need to live a fulfilled and purposeful life.

At IES College, you’ll learn to work well in teams, confidently communicate your ideas, think critically and creatively, navigate uncertainty, take measured risks and embrace diversity with a global mindset. These concepts are at the very core of the IB Diploma Programme, and will help you to develop a broader view of life that prepares you for success.

And success won’t look exclusively like a pathway to a high-paying job. Our vision for your success is also about seeing you cultivate meaningful relationships and gaining the skills to make positive change in the world. We also want you to learn how to manage in the face of adversity and to develop a strong sense of self and a responsibility to the environment and the people you share it with.

  • A growing number of students around the world are choosing to study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for year 11 and 12.

    The IB was established in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968 with an aim to provide an outstanding curriculum to achieve international academic standards across local schools. More than 50 years later, close to 5,000 schools across 153 countries are delivering IB programmes, and between 2012 and 2017, the number of IB programmes offered worldwide grew by 39.3 per cent.

    Many governments around the world are also recognising the value of the IB and are working to expand the number of IB schools and programmes offered to students in their respective countries.

    The International Baccalaureate® 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.

    To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

    These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

    For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org.

  • The IB Diploma Programme curriculum is made up of three core elements and six subject groups. The core elements are at the heart of the IB and aim to broaden students’ educational experiences and challenge them to acquire and apply their knowledge and skills in diverse ways. Click here to view our Learning Overview

    The three core elements of the IB are:

    • Theory of knowledge – in this timetabled interdisciplinary course students investigate knowledge, the process of learning, how we know what we know, and who determines what we know to be true – it helps students think critically about the types of knowledge they are constructing in their selected subjects, enhancing critical thinking and metacognition. Theory of Knowledge has two assessment tasks: an internally marked exhibition of objects that relate to their exploration of a knowledge question, and an externally marked essay.
    • Extended essay – this independent, self-directed piece of research is channelled into a 4,000-word paper, and gives students the skills to question, think deeply, critically analyse and formulate opinions.
    • Creativity, activity, service – students complete projects related to physical activity, creative pursuits and community service, contributing to their health and well-being and their development as well-rounded and community-minded citizens.

    In addition to the three core elements students also choose courses from the following six subject groups:

    • Studies in language and literature
    • Language acquisition
    • Individuals and societies
    • Sciences
    • Mathematics
    • The arts

    Considerations

    Students can choose to study an additional sciences, individuals and societies, or language course instead of the course in arts. Students will take some subjects at higher level (HL) and some at standard level (SL). HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level. Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level.

    All IB Diploma Programme students must be prepared to work hard, collaborate with their peers, and be willing to open their minds to new ways of thinking and learning.

    Please click  here to view our Subject Offerings

    Benefits of the IBDP

    The IBDP is for everyone – not just the super smart. If you are keen, motivated, and have self-discipline, we encourage you to consider the IBDP. Our teachers are adept at working with a diverse group of students and success in the IBDP is measured by the individual student development and not by the diploma score. And if your mother tongue isn’t English, we’ll give you the opportunity to study your best language/ mother tongue and ensure there is support and resources available for you because we recognise the value and importance of maintaining connection to language and culture.

    When you study the IB at IES College you’ll:

    • develop the skills and the settings to become a critical thinker and independent learner
    • access exciting collaborations and partnerships to open your mind to diverse cultures and ways of thinking
    • have meaningful opportunities to contribute and discover more about yourself
    • gain membership to an inspiring local and international community that celebrates diversity.
  • Preparing for university in Australia

    Just like any other year 12 student at an Australian state or independent school, when you study the two-year IB Diploma Programme at IES College, you will receive a score at the end of year 12. While it won’t be an automatic Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), your passing IB Diploma score will be converted to an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) equivalent.

    You will require a minimum of 24 points to graduate and can achieve up to a maximum of 45 points. In fact, some universities offer advanced placement, credit and bonus schemes for Diploma Programme graduates. You will also receive the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) at the end of year 12 dependent on meeting eligibility requirements.

    “The University of Queensland welcomes IB students from around the world. We recognize that the IB diploma is a comprehensive and challenging programme. Our experience is that IB diploma graduates are incredibly well prepared for university success. The programme’s international flavour, academic rigour and emphasis on inquiry-based learning means that IB students enter university with a global outlook, an excellent work ethic and the critical thinking skills to ensure they achieve great results. IB students may be offered credit or exemption for selected courses. Depending on the degree programme, students may be awarded up to one semester (8 units) credit.”

    Global university preparation

    The IB Diploma Programme is respected and recognised among the world’s higher education institutions. Each year, Diploma Programme students request transcripts to be sent to over 3,300 higher education institutions in close to 90 countries.

    Students who achieve strong results in the IB can often also benefit from advanced standing, course credit, scholarships, and other admissions-related benefits at many universities.

    If you are planning to apply to a university or college located outside of Australia, we recommend you view the FAQ on the IB website , check directly with their admissions team regarding IB recognition and talk to your Student Success Adviser at IES College.