Students choose one subject from each of the following areas:
Language A1: Students study the literature of their native language. The IB offers more than 80 languages as part of their policy of encouraging students to maintain strong ties to their own culture. At The British School Warsaw students study literature in a wide range of native languages, including English and Polish.
Language B: All diploma candidates are examined in a second language. This is offered at higher or standard level for those who have studied the language previously, and beginner level for those studying the language for the first time.
Individuals and Societies: Subjects in this group include Business and Management, Economics, Geography, History and Psychology.
Experimental Sciences: The subjects available in this group are Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics and Sport, Exercise and Health Science. Students develop practical laboratory skills, and collaborative learning is encouraged through an interdisciplinary group project.
Mathematics: All candidates for the diploma are required to complete a mathematics course. There is a choice between two courses both available at standard and higher level.
Arts: This group includes Visual Art and Music. Alternatively, students can choose one of the subjects offered in Groups 2, 3 or 4 - a third modern language, a second subject from Individuals and Societies or a second subject from Experimental Sciences.
If you are wish to study a subject not currently on offer in one of the above subject option groups at our school, please email us to discuss your needs.
At the heart of the Diploma Programme lie three additional core elements.
Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is an interdisciplinary course intended to stimulate critical reflection on the knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom. Unique to the IB, TOK aims to provide students with an understanding of how and why knowledge is gained.
Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) encourages students to undertake 150 hours of community service, demonstrate active participation in sports and showcase their creative skills. Students should, through these activities, develop greater awareness of themselves, concern for others, and the ability to work cooperatively with other people.
The Extended Essay requires students to research and write about an area of individual interest. The 4,000-word essay gives diploma students the chance to undertake independent research and develop the standard of writing expected by universities.
The IB Diploma Programme is challenging and rigorous. It is therefore hardly surprising that students in possession of an IB Diploma are welcomed by the world's top universities. With the school’s track record of success in these courses, studying the IB Diploma at The British School Warsaw is an excellent choice for your child’s education.
If you would like any further details of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at The British School Warsaw, please feel free to email our Head of IBDP, Chistine Lipsey or our IB Office.