AGES 16–18


At Years 12 and 13, our students immerse themselves in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), a two-year rigorous programme that prepares them for the best universities in the world. 


Here at Nord Anglia International School Hong Kong, we offer students a wide selection of course subjects. This allows them to find a suitable programme that lets them progress to the next stage of their education or career. Every student studying the IBDP will study one subject from each of six groups and will complete the components: Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) programme, Theory of Knowledge (TOK), and Extended Essay.

They choose six in-depth courses from language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, and the arts.

Fundamental to the IB philosophy and ideology is the IB Learner Profile. The IB Learner Profile describes what attributes the IBO believes individuals and groups should model and showcase to be responsible and valued members of local and global societies.

These attributes form the foundations that underpin the IB Diploma Programme and we hope they will inspire our students to think about what they are going to achieve over the next two years and in their lives beyond.



Studies in Language and Literature
Group 1
Language Acquisition
Group 2
Individuals and Societies
Group 3
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Group 4
Group 5
The Arts
Group 6

IB components

Creativity, Activity, Service
Theory of Knowledge
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Extended Essay

Approaches to Learning (or ATL)

Approaches to Learning are deliberate strategies, skills and attitudes that permeate the IB teaching and learning environment. They supports the IB belief that a large influence on a student’s education is not only what you learn but also how you learn. The ATLs focus on teaching students how to learn and this has always been a part of IB teaching, but now the IB is providing more explicit support for teaching these skills.

The focus on ATL will improve the quality of teaching and learning across the programmes and may result in more engaged teachers and students.
The IB Approaches to Learning skills are as follows:
  • Thinking skills
  • Communications skills
  • Social skills
  • Self-management skills
  • Research skills

Approaches to Teaching (ATT)

To ensure the Approaches to Learning are embedded into the learning culture they are supported by the Approaches to Teaching (ATT) that include pedagogical strategies that are:
  • based on inquiry
  • focused on conceptual understanding
  • developed in local and global contexts
  • focused on effective teamwork and collaboration
  • differentiated to meet the needs of all learners
  • informed by formative and summative assessment

the Full IB Diploma

Those students who are aspiring to apply to a university undergraduate degree programme will be registered for the Full IB Diploma whereby they:
  • Select one subject from each group (unless a subject in group 6 is not taken, in which case a second subject from groups 1-5 should be chosen)
  • Either follow four of the six subjects at Higher Level (HL) and 2 at Standard Level (SL), or follow three of the six subjects at Higher Level (HL) and 3 at Standard Level (SL)
  • Follow a course of study in Theory of Knowledge (100 hours of tuition, 2 lessons per week)
  • Submit an Extended Essay in one of the IB subjects (up to 4,000 words)
  • Take part actively and effectively in Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS)
  • These students will need to obtain a minimum of 24 points (out of a possible 45) with no failing conditions
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Those students who do not wish to study the Full IB Diploma, or for whom the Full Diploma is deemed inaccessible, can opt to be registered as an IB Diploma Course student. This means that they will not be entered for the full complement of six optional subjects plus the Core elements of TOK, EE and CAS, but rather any combination of optional subjects and Core elements of their choice.

There's no set combination of subjects that must be chosen; rather the student decides which elements best suit their academic needs and career aspirations.


The IB awards a grade for each of the IB Diploma subjects taken. The maximum score for each subject is 7 points and the minimum is 1 point. This is the same whether the subject is taken at Standard Level or Higher Level and gives a total score out of 42, if a student is taking the six subjects of the Full IB Diploma Programme.

The grading is based on both the coursework carried out and the results of examinations at the end of the two-year linear programme. The maximum score for the IB Diploma is 45 points combining six subject grades (maximum of 6 x 7 points for a score of 42) with up to 3 points available for the successful completion of both the Extended Essay and the Theory of Knowledge components.

The assessment of the final grades for the work completed throughout the two-year programme is determined by external examiners and moderators appointed by the IB.
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Universities in over 90 countries recognise the IB Diploma and it enables students to gain entrance to the most competitive universities around the world where admissions staff recognise the academic rigour of the IB. In the United Kingdom, it is a highly regarded alternative to A levels while in the United States, recognition of the IB Diploma is growing rapidly and many institutions will award first year credit for success on IB courses.

Universities look favourably upon IB Diploma students because the curriculum builds a variety of skills. These include ‘cognitive skills’ such as analysing and synthesising data and being able to partake in critical thinking with intellectual thought and insight.

Students also develop ‘affective skills’ such as persistence and perseverance, developing resilience and working independently or as part of a team.

IB Diploma students will be intellectually courageous within the range of subjects that they study and will be equipped for a greater choice of undergraduate degree programmes.

The skill set that Diploma Programme students develop, especially through experiencing the IB ‘Core’ are highly valued by universities. Employers are also increasingly looking for these affective skills such as flexibility and adaptability, which is something all Diploma Programme graduates can offer.


Our expertise gives our students fantastic opportunities to achieve outstanding results and to attend the best universities in the world.
of our students have passed the IBDP
our average IBDP score is 3 points higher than the world average of 30
of our students were awarded the Bilingual Diploma, preparing them for entry to the world’s top universities


Our international curricula allow our students to learn at the best standards in the world. What’s more, we enrich the curricula with opportunities to uncover unique interests, so every child can follow their passion and create their path to their top-pick university.

Our academic excellence
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