International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme – IBDP
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit foundation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and founded in 1968. It aims to ensure that the curriculum for students who continue their high school or university education in another country is carried out within a common and universal framework. It is a comprehensive pre-university and two-year program designed for students aged 16-19. Designed to develop students' intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being, the IB program has an international curriculum and is appreciated and respected by the world's leading universities. Students who successfully complete the program have an internationally recognised diploma besides enriched critical thinking, intercultural understanding and diverse perspectives.
The IB Diploma Programme worldwide and in Turkey
The IBDP is an officially recognized by the Turkish Ministry of Education. To implement the program, the schools in Turkey must be authorized by the IB after fulfilling the conditions set by the IB.
The programme offers students a choice of subjects from six groups; Language A, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics, the Arts.
The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups. Along with the core elements, the courses are shown in the hexagonal figure below.
- Students study six subjects groups of their choice. Three selected courses are at higher level (HL) and comprises 240 teaching hours, while the other three selected courses cover standard level (SL) and take up 150 teaching hours
- Made up of the three required components, the DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.
The IB Diploma Programme at Kültür 2000 College
Kültür 2000 College is in the category of Foreign Language Intensive High School. In this context, the national program of the Ministry of National Education is applied. In addition, it is an IB school authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization, which has been headquartered in Geneva since 2008.
The IBDP is offered in Grades 10 and 11.
Since IBDP students take the courses of both curricula, they receive both the IB Diploma and the Turkish National Education High School Diploma, and they are equipped with the necessary knowledge for university entrance exams. Every student who fulfils the IBDP requirements is eligible to receive an internationally recognized IB diploma in addition to a Turkish high school diploma.
This program, which has become a symbol of academic reliability and intellectual thought, is taught in English in our school. Students who have completed this program have an opportunity of high priority for admission to the universities of many countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia and European countries. In our country, many private foundation universities provide scholarship opportunities to IB DP graduates at various rates according to their diploma points.
Courses offered at Kültür 2000 College within the IB Diploma Programme:
Group 1 – Turkish Literature
Group 2 – English B (as a second language)
Group 3 – Turkey in the Twentieth Century,
Group 4 – Physics, Chemistry, Biology
Group 5 – Mathematics
Group 6 – Visual Arts
An IB diploma is awarded to every student when
I. at least 24 points are obtained from six group courses (Each group course is scored between 1 and 7),
II. core courses and projects (Extended Essay, TOK, CAS) are successfully completed,
III. academic integrity is evidence.
- EXTENDED ESSAY (EE)
- It is an obligatory element of the IB Diploma Program.
- It promotes high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity.
- A topic is determined from one of the six group courses.
- It is done under the guidance of a supervisor from the IBDP teaching staff
- The student is expected to work on the essay about 40 hours, with the essay supervisor hours.
- Essays range in length up to 4,000 words. (excluding footnotes and bibliography)
- Form and content are developed according to the criteria.
- It is externally assessed.
- Research begins in 2nd term of the 10th grade (Year 1), and the final essay is produced in at the end of the 2nd term of the 11th grade (Year 2).
- Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
Theory of knowledge (TOK) plays a special role in the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP), by providing an opportunity for students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know. It is one of the components of the DP core and is mandatory for all students.
- This course is specific to the IB Diploma Programme and it has two-year curriculum.
- The Theory of Knowledge is an epistemology course designed to encourage critical thinking.
- In this course, students learn to develop a personal perspective on the discovery and creation of knowledge.
- It teaches students the ways to know.
- In this course, students actively research, question, think and analyse.
- Inquiry is aimed to develop the students’ habits of examining different topics in depth and forming an answer.
- The course consists of questions and basically seeks an answer to the question "How do we know?”
- The origin and validity of various forms of knowledge are examined.
- In order to be eligible for the diploma, students must have taken 100 hours of the Theory of Knowledge course within two years.
- In this course, students have to make a 10-minute presentation besides a written assignment of 1000–1500 words.
- CAS (CREATIVITY, ACTIVITY AND SERVICE)
What is CAS?
Creativity, activity, service (CAS) is one of the three essential elements that every student must complete as part of the Diploma Programme.
CAS enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development by learning through experience.
Since the IB seeks to educate the whole person, each diploma is expected to spend 100 hours for their CAS activities for at least 18 months. When planning CAS activities, students are expected to allocate equal time for all three stands.
Creativity: This includes activities such as music, theatre, dance, playing an instrument, photography, and community services and other activities that require creative thinking in the planning and design of artistic activities.
Activity: This includes physical activities, which include physical activity other than normal daily activities during community services such as team, and individual sports, tree planting or environmental cleaning and that contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
Service: This includes the activities forming the basis of the CAS. It enables the student to interact with individuals and groups in the society, which could be the school, the local district, national or international communities. These activities are done unconditionally with an aim to make lives better for those who need help. Thus, the student learns many values such as self-management, respect for the rights of others, and dignity.
Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning. The most important aims of assessment in the Diploma Programme are that it should support curricular goals and encourage appropriate student learning. Both external and internal assessments are used in the Diploma Programme. Students prepare and submit their assignments according to the specified criteria in grade 11 and sit for the exams in November when they are 12 grade. IB examiners mark produced work for external assessment, while produced work is marked by teachers and externally moderated by the IB for internal assessment.
The minimum score for the IB diploma is 27 points.
The maximum possible score is 45 points (6 x 7 = 42 + 3 = 45).
IB subjects are graded on a 1- 7 scale with 7 being the highest score. To qualify for the award of the IB Diploma a student must receive a combined score of 24 points across 6 subjects with at least 12 points from higher level subjects and a minimum of 9 points from standard level subject. The maximum points that can be awarded to an IB Diploma student is the full score of 45 with 42 points generated across the 6 subjects and 3 bonus points derived from Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay.
The Diploma will not be awarded to candidate who does not complete any of the core courses and projects (Extended Essay, TOK, CAS).