You may have heard of it, but just what is the IB Diploma? The globally recognised IB Diploma is an academic pathway for Year 11 and 12 students, and is offered as an alternative to the HSC at Trinity Grammar School. It was established in 1968 by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) and was introduced to provide students with a balanced education, facilitate geographic and cultural mobility and to promote international understanding.
It is a challenging two-year university preparation course that is widely recognised by the world’s leading universities.
Trinity was one of the first schools in Australia to offer the IB Diploma and has been delivering the programme since 1998.
Students must study six subject areas and three core elements:
- Theory of Knowledge – reflecting on the nature of knowledge and how we know what we claim to know.
- Extended Essay – an independent, self-directed, 4,000-word research piece.
- Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) – requires completion of a project related to these three concepts.
Subject areas include:
- Language and literature
- Language acquisition
- Individuals and societies
- The Arts
There are some key aspects that demonstrate how the IB Diploma differs from HSC. The most significant difference is that it’s genuinely an international qualification – it is recognised throughout the world and is highly regarded by some of the most prestigious universities. Further, both the curriculum and teaching methods have a strong focus on international perspective. The programme is considered strong preparation for global citizenship.
Considerable research has been conducted throughout the world to prove the benefits of the IB Diploma. We provide a brief summary below:
1. Can positively impact university admission
International studies have shown that graduates of the IB Diploma have a better chance of enrolling at university, particularly more selective tertiary institutions.
2. Opens doors around the world
IB Diploma results are accepted by universities from almost 90 countries around the world, with more selective universities holding IB graduates in high esteem. This means graduates have a good chance of being admitted to some of the world’s most prestigious universities, including Yale, Harvard and Princeton.
3. Instils advanced research skills
The requirements of the IB Diploma’s Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge components prepare graduates for the demands of undergraduate research projects, by equipping students with advanced independent research and organisational skills to ensure the successful delivery of these components.
4. Develops critical thinking and time management skills
Research has found that IB Diploma students demonstrate strong analytical attributes and the ability to look beyond the details. In addition, they were found to develop good study habits and time management skills.
5. Educates the whole person
Aspects of the IB Diploma programme such as the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) promote global citizenship, develop interpersonal skills and firmly establish social and emotional competency.
For over a hundred years Trinity Grammar School has provided a thoroughly Christian education in mind, body and spirit for boys from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12. Fuelled by a pastorally aware culture with exceptionally high levels of individual student attention, we aim to know, understand and nurture every student to help them realise their potential, passions and purpose in life.
To learn more about the Trinity difference, and how the IB Diploma can positively impact your son’s admission to university and help him to realise his potential, passions and purpose download our IB Diploma brochure.