Structure Overview

The International Baccalaureate (IB) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The IB Diploma curriculum contains six subject groups, together with a compulsory core that is central to the ethos of the programme and made up of three elements: Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and Creativity, Action and Service.


Six subject choices are made, one from each subject group. Normally, three are studied at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL). Scores out of seven are awarded for each subject with a further three points being available for the core, thus giving a maximum score of 45 points. A total of 24 points is needed to achieve the full IB Diploma.

Universities certainly value the IBDP as excellent preparation for higher education with its emphasis on independent learning, personal responsibility and different study skills across a wider range of subjects.