Diploma Programme

Currently, SISQ is an IB candidate school* for the Diploma Programme. We aim to gain full accreditation and begin offering the DP from September 2019.

The Diploma Programme is the IB’s oldest programme and is hugely respected by universities and employers all around the world. In IB schools, the DP is studied in the final two years of secondary school, Grades 11 and 12. The DP is structured so that students gain both a breadth and depth of knowledge, as well as key skills that will enable them to succeed in higher education and the world of work.

Students study six subjects from different subject groups and there is a choice within each subject group. Typically, three subjects are studied at Higher Level and three are studied at Standard Level. Students also study what is known as the DP Core, which comprises of a Theory of Knowledge course, an Extended Essay and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS). The different components of the DP ensure that students are well rounded individuals who can reflect on what they know, how they know it and what they can do with that knowledge.

The DP is examined through both internal and external assessments. Students produce work that is internally assessed and then externally moderated, as well as sitting formal external examinations. Students must complete all assessment components in order to gain the DP qualification. Students who successfully pass Language and Literature modules in two different languages are awarded the prestigious Bilingual International Baccalaureate.

Subject choice within the DP is paramount to students’ future success and further study aspirations. The process of selecting appropriate subjects for the DP begins early on in a student’s career as they are guided on university entrance requirements and what subjects may be required for certain careers.

*The school is pursuing authorization as an IB World SchoolIB World Schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students.
Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

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