OWIS students who are enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme not only have to fulfil the core requirements that are part of this programme, but they also have to complete six subjects from different subject groups.
A self-directed, 4,000-word essay based on independent research. This essay gives students the opportunity to investigate a topic that interests them, either relating to one of their six DP subjects or encompassing an interdisciplinary approach. This part of the course teaches students to analyse, synthesise and evaluate their knowledge before writing it up, which gives them practical preparation for undergraduate study.
In this course, students focus on critical thinking, self-discovery and personal reflection. The course requires students to reflect on the nature of knowledge and gain a better understanding of ‘how we know what we claim to know.’ It teaches our students to have a greater awareness of their personal and ideological assumptions while developing an appreciation for diversity and cultural perspectives. This course is assessed through a TOK exhibition and a 1,600-word essay.
This programme requires students to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities and service projects. These experiences should involve creative projects, personal challenge and purposeful activities with significant outcomes and reflection on personal learning. Service projects must benefit the community while creating learning opportunities for students. The aim of CAS is to support experiential learning and self-discovery.
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Students in the IBDP will take some Higher Level (HL) and some Standard Level (SL) courses. These courses may vary in scope, but they are all measured according to the same grade descriptors. In all courses, IBDP students are expected to demonstrate higher-level knowledge, understanding and skills.
There are some major differences between the standard and higher level subjects as follows:
Recommended teaching hours: 150 hours for SL vs 240 hours for HL
The breadth and depth of an assessment
Assessment type and criteria
At OWIS, our students take three courses at the Higher Level and three at the Standard Level. Students should bear the following in mind:
The same subject cannot be taken at both SL and HL.
The same language cannot be taken in both Group 1 and Group 2.
Non-regular diplomas are requested when a student needs to study a combination of subjects for university entrance exams that are different from those specified in the Diploma Programme recommendations.
Subject availability is not guaranteed; if an insufficient number of students opt for a subject, it may not be offered.
Regardless of whether courses are selected at the Higher Level or Standard Level, students in the IBDP at OWIS will have the opportunity to investigate issues that relate to the challenges of living in a diverse, globally connected world.
These are the six main subject groups offered by the IBDP.
English A: Language and Literature
Chinese B: Language Acquisition
Mandarin ab initio
French B: Language Acquisition
French ab initio
Spanish ab initio
Environmental Systems and Societies
Environmental Systems and Societies
Analysis and Approaches
Applications and Interpretations
This subject group allows students to engage with a variety of literary forms and non-literary texts. It helps students develop an understanding of how language shapes identity and culture. Students have opportunities to develop their oral and written communication skills, analyse written texts, conduct independent research and develop a lifelong enjoyment of literature.
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