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Why International Baccalaureate?

We offer pupils the choice of studying for an internationally respected and increasingly popular qualification. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is well-established.

Students who have taken the Diploma are grateful that they have completed a challenging and rewarding programme which produces mature, rounded individuals who are well-prepared to take their places at university and in employment.

What is special about the IB Diploma Programme?

We live in an inter-connected world in which international understanding plays an increasingly important part. Internationalism lies at the heart of the IBO philosophy. It is exciting to be part of a ‘club’ which includes teachers and students from all over the world.

The Diploma Programme promotes breadth of study without sacrificing depth. We know that there is a serious danger of unwise subject choices being made at 16, when university ambitions are somewhat unclear, and career options uncertain. Moreover, we want our students to be as attractive as possible to university admissions tutors and prospective employers. Therefore we believe that the further development of a broad, balanced range of skills in pre-university students is advantageous. The skills which are developed through such subjects will open doors in the future and keep options open.

The Diploma Programme encourages students to think for themselves.  Final examinations are at the end of the 2-year course. Therefore there is space to explore ideas and to mature at a measured pace. The style of questioning encourages students to think flexibly; it tends to be open-ended and the mark-schemes allow examiners to assess quality of thinking. Teachers have to give students the confidence to argue, handle evidence critically and find an individual intellectual voice. The much-admired Theory of Knowledge component of the course invites students to reflect on how we know; it provides a unique opportunity to consider the nature of truth in all its forms.

The Diploma Programme recognises the importance of life outside the classroom. All students have to take part in a balanced programme, entitled ‘Creativity, Action and Service.’(Creativity, Activity and Service from September 2015). Thus, involvement in sport, drama, music, and community service, for example, is encouraged and accredited and personalities are developed.


Course Overview

At EISM, all students in Grades 12 and 13 study 6 academic subjects (and Muslim students also take Islamic Education).  Those students intending to study for the International Baccalaureate Diploma must choose subjects that fulfil those requirements which are outlined in the IB Rules and Regulations as well as the core requirements for the Diploma as outlined in the next paragraph. 

Most of the academic subjects are offered at two levels, higher level (HL) and standard level (SL).  In order to be eligible for the IB Diploma, students must take at least three subjects, and at the most four subjects, at higher level and the rest at standard level,  as well as studying Theory of Knowledge (TOK), writing an Extended Essay and developing themselves further in the CAS programme.

IB Learner Profile

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their humanity and shared guardianship of the planet help to create a better and more peaceful world. The IB Learner Profile consists of 10 key-qualities to be developed in the Learner: