IB Diploma Programme (IBDP)

IB Diploma Programme (IBDP)

Welcome to the BISU IB Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is widely regarded as the best pre-university course that is offered anywhere in the world. An IB qualification is recognised by many institutions in different countries, and no other programme prepares students better for tertiary education and the world of work. Of course, success also requires dedication and commitment from the student. With 6 subjects, an Extended Essay (EE), Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service), the IB Diploma Programme is highly demanding. This is exactly why universities around the world hold IB Diploma graduates in such high regard.

The Extended Essay

All Diploma candidates undertake independent research on a topic of special interest and write an Extended Essay of approximately 4,000 words. This is excellent preparation for the kind of thesis they will be required to write at university and enables them to become acquainted with research and academic writing skills. They may choose to write an Extended Essay based on any of their six subjects.
Students who are taking the full Diploma will be appointed a supervisor by the IB Coordinator or the Extended Essay Coordinator. The supervisor will assist in the structuring of the student essay and will advise the pupil what to do for research and how to collect data.

Theory of Knowledge

The Theory of Knowledge or TOK course is designed to develop students’ critical thinking and enhance their powers of reasoning and argument. These skills allow students to carry out more effective research, to be more demanding and rigorous in their studies as well as to be intellectually more independent and assertive. In short, TOK aims to help our students become active thinkers rather than passive learners and to develop into discerning adult thinkers. TOK is a course that examines the origins and validity of various forms of knowledge. It is important to make clear that the course does not seek to challenge students’ beliefs; instead, it asks students to justify or validate their knowledge. By understanding why we believe certain things to be true we begin to understand how we make judgments.

Creativity, Activity and Service

Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) is a core component of the IB. The philosophy of the IB is to develop all areas of a student’s potential, to educate the whole person and to encourage each individual student to develop their diverse talents. The CAS programme acknowledges the world outside academic studies and recognises the need for students to become involved in sports, theatre productions, artistic pursuits, community service work and other spheres outside the academic. CAS provides opportunities
for students to take part in and organise non-academic activities, often outside school. It also develops awareness, concern, and the ability to cooperate with others.

The CAS programme is overseen by the CAS Coordinator. Students allocate time to plan and organise activities. Over the two years of the IB programme, students must devote time to CAS activities. Students must divide their activities equally between the three elements: Creativity, Activity and Service.

IBDP points system

There are 3 points available out of the 45 points maximum for the Extended Essay and TOK. The CAS Diary has no grade as such, although no Diploma will be issued without this.

The remaining 42 points come from a maximum of 7 points for each of the 6 subjects studied from the IB Subject Groups.

For more information about the IB Diploma Programme at BISU, please contact our IBDP Coordinator, Mr Paul Hodgson at or our admissions team on +38 050 412 48 84.

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