The IB Diploma offers students in Years 11 and 12 a broad range of learning skills and subject areas, providing a truly international curriculum that is taught in more than 4,700 IB World Schools worldwide. It is designed to be a pre-university course, with research and self-directed learning a key focus. University tracking suggests that IB Diploma students are very well prepared for university and tend to flourish.
2020 IB Diploma results at SACS
Our 2020 Year 12 IB Diploma graduates achieved the best results in the school’s history, with 68 per cent of students achieving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank above 90 (out of a possible 99.95). The average ATAR of the top 10 per cent of IB students was 99.49, the average ATAR of the top 50 per cent was 97.3, and 37 per cent of our IB students gained ATARs above 95.
Standout results at the top of the range were seen in IB Business Management, Mathematics, Music, Chemistry, Philosophy, Theatre, French, Japanese, Global Politics, History, Psychology and Biology.
All who undertake the Diploma at St Andrew’s Cathedral School are carefully guided and mentored throughout the process by dedicated teachers, skilled in IB Diploma methodology and learning requirements.
IB Diploma subjects
In the IB Diploma, the following are essential courses: a first language, a second language, a humanities subject, a science subject and Mathematics. A creative arts subject is optional. The Diploma course also requires students to complete the core components of Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and to undertake the Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) course, where they contribute to the greater community, and also complete an Extended Essay of 4000 words.
Who is suited to the IB Diploma programme?
Students considering undertaking the IB Diploma should have some of the following characteristics, or be working towards developing the following characteristics:
- average or above average ability
- good work ethic/time management skills
- ability to work across different subject areas
- an interest in working collaboratively
- higher order thinking skills
- an interest in internationalism
- a desire to keep career options open
- a desire to impact positively on their world
- a wish to challenge themselves against world benchmarks
- see themselves as ‘lifelong learners’
In summary, students who are comfortable with the structure of the IB, who are prepared to work hard and methodically, and who are self-disciplined should consider undertaking the IB Diploma.
For more information, please visit https://www.sacs.nsw.edu.au/our-schools/senior-school/curriculum/international-baccalaureate-programmes/.