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International School Suva

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IB Diploma Programme

“The Diploma Program is a challenging, internationally focused, broad and balanced educational experience for students  16-19 years of age.”1 It is a rigorous pre- university course of study for  based two year course Students are required to study six subjects from different disciplines and a curriculum core. the programme is designed to prepare students with the academic skills needed for university study, further education in their selected profession in addition to developing values and skills needed to be lifelong learners.

The IB Diploma Programme is an excellent curriculum for students of a wide range of abilities and backgrounds.  All Diploma Programme students participate in three course elements which make up the Core of the IB Diploma Programme. They include the studies of:

Theory of Knowledge, which is fundamentally a course about critical thinking and inquiry

Creativity, action and service involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies which will involve them in activities and programmes in three strands, including  Arts and other experiences which enable them to think creatively, physical activities, leading to a healthier lifestyle and service activities, which in voluntary work, helping those in a wider community in need.

The Extended Essay offers the opportunity to conduct independent investigation  in an area of interest, encompassing research and writing skills of a 4000 word academic essay.

Outside of the Core, there are six grouped areas of academic study, namely:

Group 1 – Language A: Literature and Language and Literature

Group 2 – Second Language: Chinese and French

Group 3 – Individuals in Society (Social Sciences): History, Economics and Business Studies

Group 4- Experimental Sciences: Physics, Biology and Chemistry

Group 5- Maths and Computer Science: Higher and Standard level Maths and Maths Studies

Group 6 – The Arts; Music Visual Arts and Theatre

Students must select one subject from each of the groups, or alternatively, instead of taking a Group 6 subject, students can take an extra subject from either Group 3 or Group 4. At ISS There is one interdisciplinary unit, Environmental Systems in Society, which could be taken as either a Science of Individuals in Society group, Environmental Systems in Society. Some students also choose to do Self Taught Language A instead of a second language. Whilst this is possible, students have to be fully fluent in their language of study.

Students will study each of the subjects at either a Higher Level or Standard Level (3 subjects must be taken at Higher Level). Each subject is graded from 1-7, with 7 being the highest level of achievement. Maximum score for a Diploma is 45 (6 x 7 and 3 for the Core subjects). There are varying ways to achieve a Diploma, but for the most part a minimum score of 24 will see a student be awarded a Diploma. Failure to complete any of the Core components will mean a student will not receive a Diploma. A Bilingual Diploma is awarded when a student has two languages at Language A level.

In each academic area, students have flexibility in making choices, which allows them to choose subjects that particularly interest them and that they may continue to study in university.

IB Subject Groups

Group 1

English Language and Literature

English Literature

Group 2

Chinese B

French Ab initio

French B

Group 3

Business and Management




Group 4



Environmental Systems and Societies


Group 5

Mathematical Studies- Standard Level

Mathematics – Higher Level

Mathematics – Standard Level

Group 6



Visual Arts

Creativity, Action, Service – CAS

Extended Essay – EE

Theory of Knowledge – TOK



IB DP From Principles into Practice . IBO, UK 2009.