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The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is an assessed programme for pupils aged 16 – 19. International research shows, among other things, that IBDP pupils are better able than their peers to cope with demanding workloads, manage their time and meet the expectations placed on them.
Many American universities can give up to a full year’s credit for good pupils who have taken this qualification offered to pupils from 16 to 18 years old. For the many UK and world universities, IB pupils are valued for the research and learning skills it develops, and the IB is now offered by many of the UK's top schools.
In a world where economies are changing and somewhat unpredictable, it is important that the future generations are prepared, flexible and adaptable to future market catalysts.
The IB is independent of governments. It is a programme designed by educationalists to develop independence, leadership skills and a truly international approach. It is the fastest growing pre-university programme in the world.
The IBDP is a 2-year course whereby Students study 6 subjects chosen from 6 different option groups. 3 of these subjects must be studied at Higher Level and the remaining 3 at Standard Level. The 6 groups are as follows
Alongside the 6 subjects, all students complete the IB Core. The Core consists of 3 strands.
Each of the 6 subjects has a maximum of 7 points available and the IB Core contributes a maximum of 3 points. A maximum of 45 points can be awarded in total.
Students are granted permission to change their subject choices within the first half term of Year 12. After this, too much content has been covered and therefore it would be too much work for both students and teachers to catch up on.
The pass mark for the IBDP is 24 points in total and all subjects must achieve at least a pass rate. It must be made clear that in order to successfully pass the IBDP, all students must complete all 3 strands of the IB Core too.
The average IB score is 37.5. the highest IB score is 43.
The IBDP course is an internationally known and highly regarded high school qualification. Due to the holistic nature of the course, all IBDP graduates leave school as truly globally minded citizens who have the essential skills for higher education and the world of work. The IB’s aim is “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.” This is achieved through both academic rigour and the completion of the IB Core whereby students are exposed to the positive impact of service and caring for the community and wider world.
A-Level courses are discrete whereas the IB Diploma is holistic in nature. A level students study individual subjects that bear no relation to each other. The IB Diploma is broad, well rounded and seeks to develop the whole child. For example, throughout the IBDP, students develop skills in the following areas
The short answer is no. There are however some exceptions, like those students who wish to go on to study within the Visual Arts/Graphic Design field. Some courses at university level require students regardless of their high school qualification to complete a foundation course.
Here at Haileybury Astana IBDP students are fortunate enough to have the following.
Yes! Each year, we run a scheme to find the brightest young minds in Kazakhstan to come and study the IBDP for free. Please get in touch with our admissions team for further information.