In line with the English National Curriculum guidelines, Year 12 and Year 13 are working in Key Stage 5. Widely regarded as the leading school leaving qualification and recognised by the best universities across the world, the IB Diploma Programme comes to Southlands. The IB Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares our students for success at university and beyond. Based on the pattern of no single country, it is a deliberate compromise between specialisation required in some national systems and the breadth preferred by others. IB programmes are recognised around the world and sure an increased adaptability and mobility for IB students but above all, they promote national understanding through a shared academic experience. The curriculum and pedagogy of the IB Diploma Programme courses on the global perspectives of learning and teaching, while insisting that students fully explore their home cultures and language.

Curriculum: Southlands Key Stage 5 IB Diploma programme is specifically designed to prepare students for Higher Education anywhere in the world. IB Diploma Programme students must choose one subject from each of five groups (1 to 5), ensuring breadth of knowledge and understanding in their best language, additional language(s), the social sciences, the experimental sciences and mathematics. Student may choose either an arts subject from group 6, or a second subject from groups 1 to 5, subject to availability.

They must also complete the three core elements:

  • The extended essay asks students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying.  The world studies extended essay option allows students to focus on a topic of global significance which they examine through the lens of at least two DP subjects.
  • Theory of knowledge develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. In this course on critical thinking, students inquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction.
  • Creativity, activity, service (CAS) involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme. Creativity encourages students to engage in the arts and creative thinking. Activity seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Service with the community offers a vehicle for a new learning with academic value. The three strands of CAS enhance students’ personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning and enable journeys of self-discovery.