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How to Choose Subjects in IB Diploma Programme?

How to Choose Subjects in IB Diploma Programme?

Feb, 01 2022

Students who are thinking of selecting IGCSE in their 10th grade or IBDP for their pre-college are usually confused with the choice of subjects. For a successful academic career in the future, a student must make the right choice of subjects, hence, it is imperative to understand the structure of IBDP before one finalizes the subjects.

The course has six academic options to choose from that revolve around a central core. A student can study two modern languages one modern and one classical, one subject optional for either humanities or social science, one subject option mandatory for experimental science, mathematics, and creative arts. However, a student has to choose either two humanities subjects or two subjects from other areas. For each academic session, a student is free to choose subjects according to his or her interests or subjects that would complement their study in colleges. However, it should be remembered that not all the schools offer the subjects, so while selecting the school one should check, the availability of their preferable subjects.

IBDP has three key components:

  • Theory of Knowledge, which explores the nature of knowledge
  • C A S – Creativity, Activity, and Service
  • The Extended Essay, which requires an Independent research work

The table below represents six groups of subjects that a student can choose from:

Group 1

Studies in Language and Literature
English Language and Literature HL/SL;

Group 2

Language Acquisition
French ab initio SL ; Hindi B SL/HL;

Group 3

Individuals and Societies
Business Management HL/SL; Economics HL/SL; Geography HL/SL;

Group 4

Physics HL/SL; Chemistry HL/SL; Biology HL/SL; Computer Science HL/SL;

Group 5

Mathematics Application and Interpretations HL/SL
Mathematics Analysis and Approaches HL / SL

Group 6

The Arts
Visual Arts HL/SL

Following is the division of how students are expected to choose subjects

  • A student must compulsorily choose six subjects, three subjects each for at the Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL) respectively). These subjects must additionally represent Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Extended Essay (EE), and Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS).
  • As IBDP aims for a comprehensive academic journey for their students, so a student must choose one subject from the first five groups of the subject table mentioned above, this ensures that a student has an extensive learning experience from language to experimental sciences, to social studies and mathematics.
  • The option of the sixth subject may be chosen from the sixth group, however, if the student is not interested in Visual Arts, he or she can choose subjects from Group 3 (Individuals and Societies) of the above list or Group 4 (Sciences)

IBDP is an arduous and comprehensive curriculum for pre-university classes, specifically for 11th and 12th-grade students in the age group of 18 to 19 years. This extensive 2-year pedagogy not only aims to make students knowledgeable and inquiring but also develop the humanitarian and compassionate aspect among students. IBDP in addition emphasizes motivating in students cultural understanding and open-mindedness about the community as a whole and develop in their attitudes for an understanding and respecting views of others.

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