[ International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Curriculum ]


The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is an internationally recognized diploma program for secondary students aged 16 to 19 who want to pursue college admission abroad or in their own countries.
Because the comprehensive courses and rigorous assessment of this program is highly recognized by universities around the world, many prestigious universities offers benefits such as priority, special admission and scholarship to the students with IB Diploma.



Introduction to IB Program


IB currently works with over 3500 schools in over 130 countries to develop and offer three challenging programs to over 560,000 students aged 3 to 19 years. An IB school offers both secondary school curriculum of the corresponding country and IB program, so students can choose either one to pursue their academic interests. If a student who was taking the IB program later finds hard to continue the program, the student can choose to take the standard secondary school curriculum or the qualification system to pursue the college admission.

It is a 2-year program that provides comprehensive and rigorous course for 11th and 12th grade students, which emphasizes the understanding and responsibility of a global citizen and balanced curriculum that considers the educational, geographical, and cultural aspects. The IB’s three working languages are English, French and Spanish.

Rather than simple rote learning, test, and quiz, this program focuses on how the student learns. The program mainly consists of writing an essay based on the individual research the students themselves autonomously conduct over many hours. In order to obtain the Diploma, students must satisfy the mandatory and other field of studies requirements below. If a student just want a certificate for an individual IB class, the student may take the class he/she wants in accordance with the school policy. In that case, there is no separate class policy for taking an individual class, and the student cannot enjoy the benefits for the students with IB Diploma.



How to Apply


Although each school may vary, most IB schools offer pre-IB program in Grade 10 to assess students to see if they are capable of taking 2 years of official IB Diploma program, and to offer an opportunity to try the IB program in advance. Usually Grade 9 students apply for the pre-IB program, and the eligibility requirements may include a certain GPA or recommendation letter.

When accepted to the Pre IB program, students will take the 6 core subject groups and other 1-2 subjects that are similar to the regular IB program.

Grade 10 students may apply for the IB program, and completion of the pre-IB program is not mandatory. But the students from the pre-IB program may be given priority for the regular IB program admission, and some schools may ask the applicants to take a test. Please contact the IB school of your choice or the counselor about the IB program application schedule



Mandatory Field of Study (6 Subject Groups)


  • Group 1 (The 1st language)
    It aims for strengthened cultural tie to the student's first language (English in BC, Canada) and development of the oral and written language skills.

  • Group 2 (The 2nd Language)
    One of 3 different levels of introductory, intermediate, and advanced class for the 2nd language may be selected, depending on the 2nd language proficiency of a student. Each IB school's language program may vary.

  • Group 3 (Individual & Societies)
    This group includes management, economics, geography, history, information technology, philosophy, sociology, and cultural anthropology.

  • Group 4 (Sciences)
    This group includes biology, chemistry, physics, environment, technology along with lab activities and group research Also the students will learn to be aware of moral and humanistic issues and their social responsibility through learning about local community and global issues.

  • Group 5 (Mathematic)
    The Mathematic group includes 4 different curricula of Mathematics (advanced), further mathematics (standard), Mathematical methods, Mathematical studies, depending on each student's capability and interest.

  • Group 6 (Arts)
    The Arts group includes visual art, music, performance art, and other types of art, through which students will explore diverse, creative works of art.
    Students who do not want the Group 6 courses may opt to study an additional course from the Group 1-4, or among further mathematics (standard), Mathematical methods, and Mathematical studies of the Group 5. If a school provides its own subject (SL subject) following the school-based syllabus (SBS), students may opt to take an alternative class from the Group 2,3,4,6.


    IB Schools in Korea


  • Pusan Foreign Language High School (PFLHS)
  • Gyeonggi Academy of Foreign Languages (GAFL)
  • Gyeonggi-Suwon International School (GSIS)
  • Seoul Foreign School (SFS)
  • Taejon Christian International School (TCIS)
  • North London Collegiate School Jeju (NLCS)


    Other Core Components


    Other than the 6 Subject Groups above, students must complete the following components.


  • Theory of Knowledge
    The TOK is a course to strengthen students' awareness of the knowledge and experience they gain inside and outside of the classroom, through which they can reflect critically on the nature of knowledge, remind themselves of the reality and theory, and learn how to make a reasonable argument by analyzing the evidence. Furthermore, the students will develop abilities to integrate and transcend academic topics and apply them in different cultural perspectives, through systematic approaches to academic issues. Simply put, it is the course in which the students learn how they know what they know.

  • Creativity, Action, Service
    Also known for its acronym, CAS, this extracurricular course aims to emphasize the importance of extracurricular life and activity to students. Students are engaged in at least 150 hours of non-academic, outside social activities in which they can spend their energy and talents, so that they can be relieved of the stress from studying, maintain a balanced life, and develop skills such as collaboration, awareness, and other relevant social skills.

  • Extended Essay
    Students will write a 4,000-word paper after independently researching about the field of their interests. Through this course, students develop research and writing skill that will be required in their college years.


    Assessment & Score


    All IB students must take the IB tests for the subject they currently take, in May and November in their 12th year. The May tests are administered in Northern Countries, and the November tests are conducted in Southern Countries. The tests are administered and scored by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), and have the highest score ratio.

    After taking the IB test, students are given a score ranging between 1-7 for each subject, based on the test result and assessment over the 2 years. With the absolute scoring system, total possible score is 45 which consists of the total score of the 6 Subject Groups (6 groups with 7 points each = 42 points) and 1 point each for Extended Essay, TOK, and CAS. The diploma is only awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, and earned satisfactory grade (C) on all 3 core elements.

    필수 그룹 평가 방법 (6그룹)
    Mandatory Group Assessment Index (6 Group)
    기타 학습 평가 방법 (TOK & Essay)
    Other Core Elements Assessment Index (TOK & Essay)



    Test Dates


    Examination Schedules
    Examination schedules contain details relating to Diploma Programme examinations including date, time and duration.

  • May and November 2011 examination schedules
  • May 2012 examination schedules
  • November 2012 examination schedules


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