IB Diploma Overview
In Years 12 and 13 at Nexus, learners follow the Diploma programme. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a two-year educational programme primarily aimed at students aged 16-19. The programme is one that provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education, and is accepted by many universities worldwide.
IBDP students complete assessments in six subjects from the six different subject groups, and complete three core requirements.
Subjects are assessed using both internal and external assessments, and courses finish with an externally assessed series of examinations, usually consisting of two or three timed written examinations. Internal assessment varies by subject (there may be oral presentations, practical work, or written works) and in most cases is initially graded by the classroom teacher, whose grades are then verified or modified, as necessary, by an appointed, external moderator.
As per the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) requirements, Nexus learners follow three courses at Standard Level and three courses at Higher Level.
1. The Extended Essay
Encourages independent research skills
This is an original piece of research of up to 4,000 words and learners can investigate a topic of their own interest.
2. Creativity, Activity, Service
Encourages learners to be responsible and compassionate citizens
It can include art activities, individual and team sports and services to the local community.
3. Theory of Knowledge
Explores the relationship between the various subjects
This part of the course makes learners reflect critically about knowledge gained both in and outside the classroom.
Years 12-13 International Baccalaureate Programme
Simply put, Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is a mandatory core component of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) with the purpose to provide a framework to allow students to pursue personal interests while providing a balance from the day to day demands of the academic curriculum.
While the International Baccalaureate Organisation actively encourages a wide and imaginative interpretation of the definitions of CAS, this component is structured to produce specific learning outcomes.
A student will:
a) Have an increased awareness of their own strengths and areas for growth
b) Have undertaken and experienced new challenges
c) Have planned and initiated activities
d) Have worked collaboratively with others
e) Have shown perserverance and commitment in chosen activities
f) Have engaged with issues of global importance
g) Have considered the ethical implications of their actions
h) Have developed new skills
Involvement in physical activities, creative activities and service activities must be maintained throughout the 2-year course.
As examples, many of our learners play recreational sport, learn musical instruments or work for community charities.