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International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme

The IB Diploma is one of the most respected pre-university academic qualifications globally and will open doors to top universities around the world.

The IB Diploma at our International School in Bangkok

At St Andrews, the IB Diploma is studied during the final two years of High School. Over the course of the programme, our students study six subjects, complete an extended essay, follow a theory of knowledge course, and participate in creativity, action, and service (CAS).

We offer this highly esteemed, internationally recognised course as it leads to the award of an IB Diploma, a valuable qualification that requires a high level of effort and determination to achieve. 

At St Andrews, we believe that all children are entitled to have the opportunity to experience international education in a challenging and supportive environment. Will Taylor - IB Coordinator
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How we guide our students to success? 

We support our IB students in numerous ways. Our IB trained teachers thoroughly communicate their progress against the IB criteria in all their subjects. Parents are kept informed through termly reports, parent-teacher meetings, by email and over information evenings 

IB Subjects

Students study six subjects in-depth, making their choices from the following subject groups:

  1. Studies in Language and Literature

  2. Language Acquisition

  3. Individuals and Societies

  4. Sciences

  5. Mathematics

  6. The Arts

Student Final Scores within the IB Diploma are measured using coursework over the two years and examinations in Year 13.

Core Elements of the IB Diploma

Extended Essay

  • A 4,000-word investigation into a topic of interest.

  • In-depth, independent research is conducted by the student, supported by a teacher with knowledge of their chosen area.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

  • TOK is an interdisciplinary course that explores the nature of knowledge and encourages appreciation of different perspectives.

  • Students explore how we know what we claim to know.

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

  • CAS is a compulsory element of the IB curriculum, which requires our students to engage in a range of Creativity, Activity and Service-focused activities during Years 12 and 13.

  • It promotes the importance of life ‘outside the classroom’ by offering a healthy counterbalance to the academic demands of the IB programme.

  • Students are expected to spend the equivalent of at least three hours per week on CAS activities, sharing their time equally between the three components and distributing their activities evenly over the two years of study.

  • A system of self-evaluation encourages students to reflect on the benefits of CAS participation and to evaluate the understanding and insights acquired.

  • Successful completion of CAS is a requirement for the award of both the IB Diploma and St Andrews Graduation Certificate.

Download Senior Studies Programme Handbook

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