If you or someone you know is considering taking the IB Diploma Programme in grade 11 and 12, or the final two years of your high school career, we can certainly help you get a proper orientation. The DP is a challenging academic programme, and since it offers numerous long term benefits, many students often make a decision with little thought about the short term consequences of the minute aspects of this programme. For this purpose, since we have been through the grind before, we call always help you by giving you up-to-date information and in-depth knowledge about the programme and whether this would be appropriate for you.

We can begin with something as simple as considering your long term goals (vocation of choice, university options, extra-curricular interests) and work backwards from there through subject counseling. Any student taking the Diploma Programme must ideally take 6 subjects in the various groups (or a combination thereof, depending on various circumstances) which have been outlined below. While there are numerous other subject choices available in various schools around the world, for the purpose of simplicity and specificity, we have listed below only those subjects that we would be best able to counsel you for:

Group 1: Language A

  • English Literature: A more rigorous course involving the study of literature to examine and explore emotions, linguistics, artistic creativity, and developing a sense of independent, original, critical and clear thinking.
  • English Language and Literature: An "easier" course aimed at studying the language of various kinds of texts to identify and critically asses the role of textual context and the bigger picture.
  • Learn more about how we can provide specific consultation for English coursework

Group 3: Individuals and Societies (Humanities)

  • Business & Management: This course introduces a holistic understanding of business theory, as well as an ability to apply business principles, practices and skills in real life situations.
  • Economics: Students will learn about theories of microeconomics and macroeconomics, as well as make them aware of their practices and ramifications as they affect governments, the society and the environment.
  • History: This is a course about studying historical information as well as reconstructing and interpreting the past through the active investigation of a variety of sources, involving independent research and scrutiny.
  • Geography: This course informs students about the trends and patterns of interactions between individuals, societies and the physical environment in time and space, and students learn about resolving issues at local as well as global levels.
  • Learn more about how we can provide specific consultation for Individuals and Societies.

Group 4: Experimental Sciences

  • Biology: This course increases the students' understanding of life sciences in theory, principle and action through studying both plants and animals, as well as through hands-on experimentation.
  • Chemistry: Students will learn more about the fundamental chemical principles that underpin both life sciences and physical sciences through coursework involving literature as well as investigative laboratory activities.
  • Physics: Through this course, students will increase their knowledge about how and why matter behaves the way it does, and its interactions with external and internal environments on a micro as well as macro level, through mathematical and experimental studies.
  • Learn more about how we can provide specific consultation for coursework in Experimental Sciences.
Besides these subjects, there are other core requirements within the Diploma Programme that all successful IB Diploma candidates need to complete, which we can also provide consultation for:

Theory of Knowledge

This is a philosophy based course which overlaps all other academic disciplines. Students learn to think critically through inquiry: they will question the ways of knowing within various areas of knowledge as well as deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction. Within this course, students are expected to write a persuasive essay as well as provide an oral presentation concerning knowledge claims within a real life incident. Click here to find out more:

Extended Essay

This is probably one of the best ways students can prepare themselves for university, by conducting in-depth research about a specific topic (in one subject of interest) and writing a comprehensive 4000 word academic paper. The entire essay is to be written independently, with minimal supervision and guidance. This allows students to develop their research and writing skills, and achieve a level of academic accomplishment far above regular high school levels. Click here to find out more:

Creativity, Action & Service

CAS involves students in a variety of non-academic activities which will make them balanced individuals as well as support their interests outside the classroom. Examples of CAS activities include Model United Nations, organizing an intramural sports festival, playing collectively as a band / ensemble, working on socially responsible outreach projects etc.

Seeking expert advice?

Being DP alumni and university graduates ourselves, we have been professionally counseling numerous parents and students about the IBO’s programmes and related topics for the last 4 years. To find out whether it is right for you or your child, feel free to contact us or schedule an appointment for more information.