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International Baccalaureate Foundation Programme

Starting September 2016, Nord Anglia Chinese International School Shanghai (NACIS) is offering an International Baccalaureate Foundation (IBF) programme for students joining Grade 10. The IBF programme consists of an intensive English Language Learning (ELL) Programme combined with an introductory academic programme to the International Baccalaureate. 

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  • IBF3
  • IBF4
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Programme Course
  • English Language Learning (Students will study an intensive English Language course resulting in them sitting the Cambridge First Certi cate in English (FCE).)
  • Chinese
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
  • Social Science (Geography)
  • Arts (Music, Drama, Art&Design)

*students will use and develop technology skills as part of these courses. 

How will the International Baccalaureate Foundation Programme prepare you for access to the IB Diploma programme?

On completion of the IBF programme, all students take the Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE). Students will need to pass this exam in order to progress on to the International Baccalaureate Diploma or the Courses programme at NACIS.

Academic grades achieved in all subjects at the end of the Grade 10 IBF programme will indicate whether a student is accepted onto the full IB Diploma programme or the Courses programme. 

What is the IB programme?

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is an assessed programme for students aged 16 to 19, a comprehensive two-year course and a rigorous academic programme . It is respected by leading universities across the globe. 

IB Diploma

As a diploma student, students complete the three core elements: CAS (creativity, action and service), TOK (theory of knowledge) and the extended essay. Students study one subject from each of the six subject areas, which means that they have a broad and balanced education, developing a wider range of skills and knowledge than if they followed

a narrower course. Of the six subjects they choose, they study three at higher level and three at standard level.
Most subjects are available at both higher and standard level, although a few subjects are only o ered by the IB at standard level. 

Course Programme

On the Courses programme, students may take five subjects rather than six, and they may take more subjects at standard level. They may also choose whether or not to include TOK, CAS and the Extended Essay as part of their programme.    

What does the IB Diploma Programme offer students?
  • Have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge
  • Flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
  • Study at least two languages
  • Excel in traditional academic subjects Explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique Theory of Knowledge course
  • DP students are better able than their peers to cope with demanding workloads, manage their time and meet the expectations placed on them 
  • 72% of students taking the DP in China attend one of the world’s top 500 universities, according to a 2013 study. 

Our IB courses are taught in English except for languages, where most of the teaching is in the language being studied. As a result students need to be proficient at speaking, listening and comprehension, reading and writing in English. Students will require a certain level of language acquisition in order to complete their studies successfully. The school advises students on appropriate subjects when choosing subjects. Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate diploma generally meet English language requirements of universities worldwide. Completion of the IB course demonstrates that students have sufficient fluency in written and spoken English to cope with the demands of an undergraduate course from the start. It is not a requirement to show further certification of students English language level.

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