La Côte International School has been an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School since August 2012. Since September 2013, students 16 to 18 year old have begun to study at La Côte International School the internationally recognised IB Diploma Programme (IBDP), a challenging programme that prepares them for higher education and beyond.
The IB Diploma Programme is a two-year course, and students are required to study six courses at a standard or higher level. To ensure a breadth of learning, students select one subject from each of five groups. Their sixth subject can be from Group 6 - The Arts, or a second subject from Groups 1-5.
- Group 1: Studies in Language and/or Literature.
- Group 2: Language Acquisition.
- Group 3: Individuals and Societies (Geography, History, Business Management)
- Group 4: Experimental Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Design).
- Group 5: Mathematics.
- Group 6: The Arts (Visual Arts, Film, Music)
The programme is made up of elements that are designed to test their knowledge, understanding and skills.
- Extended essay: students select a question relating to a subject they are studying, and conduct in-depth independent research on the topic.
- Theory of Knowledge (ToK): students explore the nature of knowledge by critically examining different types of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical) and different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason).
- Creativity, Action, Service (CAS): students perform real tasks beyond the classroom that combine these three components, or cover them separately.
Students complete tasks in school and take written examinations at the end of the programme. Exams are marked by external IB examiners, while assessment tasks are either marked externally or marked by teachers and moderated externally.
The maximum score a student can receive is 45 points. Students must gain at least 24 points to receive a Diploma. This is subject to satisfactory performance across the programme (and adequate participation in the Creativity, Action, Service element).
Find out more about the IB Diploma.
IB Diploma Programme - General Regulations