Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme: Internationally recognized pre-university programme.

Course difficulty: You shall have to study persistently if this is the pre-university course you wish to pursue for it is very difficult and not to be taken lightly.

Intake: August

Duration: Two years

Fee: RM25,000 – RM51,000

Academical institutions offering IB:
International School of Kuala LumpurMont’ Kiara International SchoolKDU Smart School Sdn Bhd.MARA College BantingMARA College SerembanThe International School of Penang (Uplands)


Basically, an IB student has to take up six subjects – 3 subjects at a Higher Level (HL) and 3 at a Standard Level (SL). There’s also an extended essay that constitutes of 150 hours of creative, action and service activities (CAS). For the Extended Essay or EE, IB students are required to do independent research on a topic of interest to them to equip them with independent research and writing skills required in university work. The goal of CAS is to produce well-rounded and responsible citizens. This paper should be about 4000 words and is usually done in one of the subjects that a candidate is taking. In addition to that, a critical thinking course dubbed “Theory of Knowledge” (TOK) is also a requirement. Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a course that intends to teach students how to analyze problems of knowledge in issues we face daily in and out of the classroom. TOK requires one to do a presentation and also to write a1200-1600 essay on a chosen topic.

The subjects are in 6 groups and candidates must select a subject from each group 1-5 and the 6th subject from any of the groups 1-6.

Group 1 = Main Language [English, Bahasa Melayu, etc…]
Group 2 = Second language [French, Japanese, etc…]
Group 3 = Humanities [Economics, Business and Management, etc…]
Group 4 = Experimental Science [Chemistry, Biology,Physics, etc…]
Group 5 = Mathematics [Mathematics, Mathematical Studies, etc…]
Group 6 = The Arts (Optional)

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