IB Diploma Programme (IB DP)
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a two-year educational programme for ages 16-to-19-year-olds in 140 countries around the world. The programme provides an internationally accepted and acclaimed qualification for entry into higher education and is recognized by universities worldwide. Through the Diploma Programme (DP) core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service. The integration of school philosophy with the IB philosophy testifies the fact that our DP students are open-minded, self-reflective, caring individuals who balance both academic and non-academic activities well and grow up to be responsible global citizens.
In the DP, the curriculum consists of six subject groups and the three elements of the DP core. As one of these core elements, the theory of knowledge (TOK) course encourages students to become more aware of their own perspectives and assumptions through an exploration of the fundamental question of how we know what we know.
The six group subjects offered at The Gaudium are:
- Group 1 – Language and Literature: English Language and Literature
- Group 2 – Language Acquisition: French ab initio and B level, Hindi B level, Spanish ab initio and B level
- Group 3 – Individuals and Societies: History, Economics, Business Management, Psychology
- Group 4 – Sciences: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science, Sports Exercise and Health Sciences
- Group 5 – Mathematics: Mathematics Analysis and Approaches, Mathematics Application and Interpretation
- Group 6 – The Arts: Visual Arts and Drama
The Diploma Programme features three core elements that broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills:
In accordance with IB, we at The Gaudium ensure that assessment philosophy, policy and procedures are best communicated to the stakeholders and provide students with feedback to inform and improve their learning.
- In DP year 1, students appear for 2 Unit tests (Formative) and 2 Semester (Summative) exams
- In DP year 2 students appear for 1 Unit test (Formative) and 1 Semester (Summative) exam followed by 2 pre-board exams before the year culminates with the board exams
Each formal summative assessment is designed to contribute to the final diploma qualification. Most of these are externally assessed so we ensure that the internal assessments are standardised through various in-house methods.
To qualify for the Diploma programme, student study:
- 3 subjects at higher level (HL), 3 subjects at standard level (SL)
- For those with limited or no experience of an available second language, ab initio courses are available.
The dynamic DP teachers, rather than being just a transmitter of knowledge, support student learning by making use of questions and tasks that help the student work. The Approaches to teaching and learning at The Gaudium are aligned with the IB aim of creating a supportive environment for learning to happen. Few salient features of ATL are:
- Inquiry based
- PBL- Project based and Problem based learning.
- Intensive reading Programmes
- Concept and context driven approach