IB Diploma & Pre-University Level
The IB Diploma Programme (DP) at SISHK is a rigorous, two year pre-university curriculum preparing students for final examinations that are both set and marked externally. The DP provides a balanced, academically rigorous curriculum that develops the skills, abilities and work habits needed for success in university. Components such as CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) and TOK (Theory of Knowledge) foster qualities essential to good global citizenship and help to create lifelong learners with strong critical thinking skills.
The DP is a preferred standard for university admission due to its reliability as an externally marked and moderated academic admissions criteria and its multi-disciplinary course of study that encourages well-rounded, creative learners who are active in the community and strong global awareness.
For the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) students at SISHK will study three subjects at higher level and three at standard level. They must choose one subject course from each of the following five groups:
Group 1 (Studies in language and literature)
- English Language and Literature at Higher Level / Standard Level
- English Literature at Higher Level / Standard Level
- Chinese Language and Literature at Standard Level
Group 2 (Language acquisition)
- Chinese B at Higher Level / Standard Level
- Chinese Ab initio at Standard Level
- Spanish Ab initio at Standard Level (offered via Pamoja)
Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)
- Geography at Higher Level / Standard Level
- History at Higher Level / Standard Level
- Information Technology in a globalised society (ITGS) at Higher Level / Standard Level
- Economics at Higher Level / Standard Level
- Psychology at Standard Level (offered via Pamoja)
Group 4 (Sciences)
- Physics at Higher Level / Standard Level
- Chemistry at Higher Level / Standard Level
- Biology at Higher Level / Standard Level
- Computer Science at Higher Level / Standard Level
Group 5 (Mathematics)
- Further Mathematics at Higher Level
- Mathematics at Higher Level / Standard Level
- Mathematical Studies at Standard Level
Group 6 (The Arts) – may be replaced by a subject in Group 3 or 4
There are several exceptions to the above subject combination:
- For students who are strong in langugages, they can opt for two language and literature courses in Group 1 instead of one in Group 1 and one in Group 2. In this case, they would qualify for an additional certificate from IB, namely the bilingual diploma.
- For students who are native language speakers in Mandarin, they can opt to study four subjects at higher level, with the fourth higher level subject being Chinese B. However, they need to know that one of the higher level courses will be computed as a standard level course when the IB points are computed.
In addition to the six subjects comprising their academic programme, all DP students must fulfill the requirements of Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS), study Theory of Knowledge (TOK), and write a 4000 word individual Extended Essay (EE) on a subject of their choice.
These three core requirements (CAS, TOK, and the EE) are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding.
CAS, lasting eighteen months, requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately. There will be a CAS overseas trip in DP Year 1, sometime in March.
TOK is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different Ways of Knowing and how they are used in different Areas of Knowledge.
EE is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying. This is a first year university level essay that prepares the students for writing and researching an academic paper.
Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.
Against a total of forty five points, each subject is graded on a seven point scale (grade 7 being the highest). The remaining three points are awarded for their performance in TOK and EE, given by the matrix below:
|TOK \ EE||A||B||C||D||E|
Award of the Diploma
The minimum threshold for completing the programme is 24 points, below which the diploma is not awarded. There are additional requirements listed below:
- CAS requirements have been met
- There is no ‘N’ awarded for TOK, EE or a contributing subject
- There is no grade E awarded for TOK or EE
- There is no grade 1 awarded in a subject/level.
- There are no more than two grade 2s awarded (at higher or standard level)
- There are no more than three grade 3s or below (at higher or standard level)
- The student has gained 12 points or more on HL subjects (for students who register for four HL subjects, the three highest grades count)
- The candidate has gained 9 points or more on SL subjects (students who register for two SL subjects must gain at least 5 points at SL)
- The student has not received a penalty for academic misconduct from the Final Award Committee
IB fosters the development of these key attributes in students:
For more information on the IB Diploma Programme at SIS, contact:
Mr. Alvin Soon
Deputy DP Coordinator and University Counsellor
Ms. Vanessa Cheng
DP Year Head and EE Coordinator
Ms. Ekta Choudhary
Ms. Lucia Wong
Ms. Clara Tai