IB Diploma

IB Diploma

Study for an internationally recognised qualification in preparation for university.

EF Academy’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a rigorous and balanced pre-university educational programme that is best suited for students who want to attend top universities abroad.

IB Diploma

What is the programme?A two-year course of study to prepare for prestigious universities in countries around the world and to develop skills to use throughout your professional career.
Who is it for?Students who have completed grade 10 or IGCSE courses and are aged 16+.
Academic requirementsFive GCSE examination passes at grade C or above (including mathematics), or equivalent.
English requirements IELTS 5.5 / TOEFL 194 CBT / 71 IBT / SLEP 57 minimum or the equivalent on the free EF Academy test.
LocationsNew York   Oxford   Torbay   
Programme length 2 years (6 terms)

What is the IB Diploma Programme?
The International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) is an internationally recognized qualification that prepares students for university study. The prestigious IB Diploma is grounded solidly in the concepts of inquiry, internationalism, and understanding. The 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.”

Why study the IB?
Top universities around the world offer university credit to those students who score high on IB exams. That means that successful IB candidates may complete university studies in less time than their peers who studied an alternate university preparation curricula.

How does the curriculum work?
Students follow six courses, ensuring breadth of knowledge in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences, mathematics and the arts. In addition, the programme has three core requirements that challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding: the extended essay independent research project, the Theory of Knowledge course, and a Creativity, Action, and Service component.

Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners. They also complete assessment tasks throughout the programme. Unlike many other IB World Schools, EF Academy is truly international in nature, allowing students to live the ethos of the IB programme every single day. In the IB’s Creativity Action Service (CAS) requirement, students are able to undertake service projects relating to their home countries or those of their EF friends.

Students have organized events for Amnesty International, built houses in Nicaragua, and even tutored students in their school community. The hands-on aspect of the programme allows them to gain an even deeper appreciation for the issues and places they are studying.

Course content
The IB Diploma Programme has broadranging academic content. Students must study literature, either in their own language or in English, humanities, mathematics, science, and the arts. All students write a 4000-word Extended Essay based on a topic of personal interest. They also follow the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, which teaches them how to approach their studies with a critical eye.

Extended Essay
Requires students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a specific subject. The research culminates in a 4,000 word essay, preparing students for university-level research and writing.

Recent extended essay topics include:

• To what extent do Norwegian farm subsidies benefit or harm the Norwegian economy?
• Which commercially available water softener can soften hard water most effectively?
• To what extent did the Marian Reforms (107 BC) lead to Rome’s rise and downfall?
• To what extent did the earthquake in 2011 affect Japan’s export market?
• How are mathematical logarithms involved in the creation of a piano?
• How to take a brand from a local market to a global market

TOK (Theory of Knowledge)
Designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion,
language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).

TOK discussion questions include:
• How does cultural heritage explain an individual’s truth through perception, reason, emotion and, especially, language?
• How do the varying legal systems of different countries affect our views on ethics?
• Can we maintain an absolute standard for human rights despite our different cultural boundaries?

CAS (Creativity, Action, Service)
Requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing creative projects or service activities outside of the classroom.

CAS activities include:
• Performing first-aid through St. Johns Ambulance
• Building houses for needy families in Nicaragua
• Exchanging artwork with orphaned children in Mexico
• Creating a windmill to support clean energy on campus
• Planning charity music performances for Amnesty International

Tuition & Course dates

LocationLengthTuition FeesCourse dates
New YorkPer term USD 14,4002014: September
New YorkPer yearUSD 43,2002014: September
OxfordPer term GBP 8,3002014: September
OxfordPer yearGBP 24,9002014: September
TorbayPer term GBP 7,3502014: September
TorbayPer yearGBP 22,0502014: September
Per term CAD 12,300Launching September 2015
Per yearCAD 36,900Launching September 2015

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