The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is an accessible and rewarding programme that provides excellent preparation for university education and employment. IBDP students are valued for their high academic standards, in addition, the IB Learner Profile helps students to be become critical thinkers who are open-minded, resilient and reflective and have a greater understanding of the wider world. Throughout the programme we encourage our students to study hard and also to become involved in school and community activities through our Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) programme. Our highly qualified and dedicated teachers are well prepared to help students achieve at the highest levels during the IBDP. We expect our students to commit themselves whole-heartedly to all aspects of school life so that the DCIS Sixth Form will be an enriching and rewarding experience.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a full time two-year programme for Sixth Form students. In order to achieve the IB Diploma, all students study six subjects: three at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. In addition, students write an Extended Essay and follow a critical thinking course entitled Theory of Knowledge. Participation in CAS is also required. The IBDP is accepted by universities in the UK, North America, Australia and across the world. Universities and tertiary programmes understand the challenge of the IBDP and therefore ask for a wide range of grades.
The Nord Anglia Education family of schools has 66 schools worldwide with the majority offering the IBDP. The 2019 IB Diploma average score was 33 points across the schools, 10% higher than the global average of 30 points. Furthermore, 10% of these students achieved over 40 points. This is the level of attainment required to gain admission to the world's elite universities.
At Dover Court we were delighted that our first cohort of 8 full IB Diploma students achieved an average of 33 points, with one of our students achieving more than 40 points.
The Pearson BTEC International Level 2 Diploma in Business
BTEC International Level 2 Diplomas offer learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that are needed to prepare for employment.
Equivalent to International GCSEs and tailored to the needs of international schools and colleges, the BTEC is designed for learners who wish to explore a work-related vocational qualification or specific industry area.
The two-year full-time course consists of:
- Pearson BTEC International Diploma in Business
- Other functional skills qualifications in English, Maths and ICT as needed (or an opportunity to retake iGCSE qualifications)
- Work Experience, both onsite and offsite
- Participation in CAS (creativity, activity and service) alongside other Year 12 IB students
- Time for independent study
To achieve the Diploma, students must successful compete 4 mandatory units and a choice of option units to achieve a combined total of 60 credits.
Mandatory units worth 5 credits each:
- Business Purposes
- Business Organisations
- Financial Forecasting for Business
- People in Organisations
Sample of option units (credits in brackets):
- Using Office Equipment (5)
- Providing Business Support (5)
- Verbal and Non-verbal Communication in Business Contexts (5)
- Business Communication through Documentation (5)
- Training and Employment in Business (5)
- Personal Selling in Business (5)
- Customer Relations in Business (10)
- Business Online (10)
- Consumer Rights (5)
Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria which are to be used for grading purposes. A summative unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit or distinction.
** The BTEC Diploma course is subject to Pearson and CPE approval