International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


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At International School Eerde we offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for students aged between 16 and 19. This internationally acclaimed qualification is a globally recognised university entrance qualification.

It encourages shared academic experience, critical thinking and intercultural understanding. There are two levels: higher level (HL) and standard level (SL). The philosophy of the IBDP is that students should engage with a range of subjects while being able to explore specific areas of personal interest in great depth. The course spans over two years. A minimum of 150 hours of instructional time is recommended for SL courses and 240 instructional hours for HL courses. All lessons are taught in English. 

“At university, IBDP students have a significantly higher ‘grade point average’ (GPA) and higher graduation rates than those who qualified through a different route”

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today”

Malcolm X

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The curriculum has six academic areas surrounding the three core requirements. Over the course of the two-year programme, students will:

  • study six courses chosen from the six subject groups: (language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics and the arts). 3 at higher level (HL) and 3 at standard level (SL). 
  • complete an extended essay: Written independent research on a topic selected by the student for its interest and challenge but specific enough to be examined in depth. The student chooses a topic based upon one of their six subject choices.
  • follow a theory of knowledge course (TOK): This is central to the philosophy and teaching of the Diploma. It challenges students to think critically about ways of knowing and areas of knowledge. It encourages them to consider themselves as thinkers, of the complexity of knowledge and of the need to act responsibly in an increasingly interconnected world.
  • participate in Creativity, Action, Service (CAS): This requirement is that the student’s energy and talents should be shared with others, beyond academic work and books. This develops greater self-awareness and concern for others and the ability to cooperate with others. 

Group 1: studies in language and literature
English A language and literature HL/SL
Dutch A language and literature HL/SL
German A language and literature HL/SL
Chinese A HL/SL

Group 2: language acquisition
English B HL/SL 
Dutch B HL/SL
German B HL/SL
Spanish ab initio (beginners) SL

Group 3: individuals and societies
History Europe HL/SL
Geography HL/SL
Economics HL/SL
Business Management HL/SL

Group 4: sciences
Biology HL/SL
Chemistry HL/SL
Physics HL/SL

Group 5: mathematics
Mathematics HL/SL
Mathematics Studies SL

Group 6: the arts
Visual Arts HL/SL
Any other subject chosen from groups 1-4

  • Skills acquired

    • Critical-thinking and reflective skills
    • Research skills
    • Independent learning skills
    • Intercultural understanding
  • Assessment

    We encourage, motivate and inspire our students to learn and achieve the best to their ability.

    IBDP assessment procedures measure the extent to which students have mastered the following academic skills:

    • Analysing and presenting information
    • Evaluating and constructing arguments
    • Solving problems creatively
    • Retaining knowledge
    • Understanding key concepts
    • Applying standard methods

    Student results are determined by performance against set standards, not by each student’s position in the overall rank order.

  • Reasons to choose the IBDP Programme

    • It is a globally recognised university entrance qualification.
    • More than 1 million International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme students are participating in the IBDP world-wide.
    • More than 120,000 IBDP students enter university each year.
    • Students develop a unique set of skills, attitudes and perspectives for success in university and life in the 21st century. 
    • IBDP students have a significantly higher ‘grade point average’ (GPA) and higher graduation rates than those who qualified through a different route.
    • IBDP students represent a broad range of nationalities from nearly 140 countries and are able to apply diverse perspectives to their learning.
  • Our promise

    We encourage, motivate and inspire our students to learn and achieve the best to their ability. Students have a mentor who is their personal point of contact and who will support them in their academic progress as well as taking care of the social and emotional aspects of learning.

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