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IB Diploma Programme curriculum


Knowledgeum Academy is one of the top IBDP Schools in Bengaluru to offer an International curriculum in the heart of the city. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is an assessed programme for students aged 16 to 19. It is recognized by most sorted universities across the globe.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

IB Diploma Programme curriculum

IB Diploma Programme (IBDP), a comprehensive and challenging two-year curriculum is globally recognized as one of the premier high school diploma programmes (Grade 11 and 12).

The board aims in providing exceptional learning to developing, inquisitive, resourceful, confident, and caring young people. The programme proclaims to empower students to take on their life through practical and future-ready skills to make a difference and thrive in this fast-paced world.

DP Core

Subjects Offered

Group 1
Language and Literature

  • English Language and Literature HL/SL
Group 2
Language Acquisition

  • Spanish ab initio
  • Hindi
Group 3
Individuals and Societies

  • Business Management (SL/HL)
  • Economics (SL/HL)
  • Psychology (SL/HL)
  • Environmental System and Societies (SL)
Group 4

  • Computer Science (SL/HL)
  • Environmental System and Societies (SL)
  • Physics (SL/HL)
  • Chemistry (SL/HL)
  • Biology (SL/HL)
Group 5

  • Mathematics Analysis and Approaches (SL/HL)
  • Mathematics Application and Interpretation (SL/HL)
Group 6

  • Visual Arts (HL/SL)

Our Approach and Pedagogy

IB programmes are taught by expert facilitators who explicitly help students learn how to develop the attitudes and skills they need for both academic and personal success. There are six key pedagogical principles that underpin IB programmes. Teaching in IB programmes is:


Based on inquiry


Focused on conceptual understanding


Developed in local and global contexts


Focused on effective teamwork and collaboration


Differentiated to meet the needs of all learners


Informed by assessment (formative and summative)


In IB Diploma Programme, students take written examinations at the end of the programme which are marked by external IB examiners. Students are also required to complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then assessed by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners. The grades awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). Students can also be awarded for up to three additional points for their combined results on TOK and the EE.

The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and to satisfactory participation in the CAS requirement. The highest total that a DP student can be awarded is 45 points. Assessment is criterion-related i.e. a student’s performance is measured against specified assessment of criteria based on the aims and objectives of each subject’s curriculum, rather than the performance of other students taking the same examinations.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The IB Diploma Programme is equivalent to Grade 11 and 12 in the Indian context. The programme offered to students aged 16-19 is having six subject groups with core such as Theory of knowledge (TOK), Extended Essay (EE), and Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS). Its rigorous curriculum module empowers students to take on their life through practical and future-ready skills to make a difference and thrive in this fast-paced world.

International Baccalaureate is an international educational foundation that directs a pedagogy of international education for a global community of schools. The core organization International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) founded IB curriculum in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland.

IB curriculum aims to provide comprehensive programmes of international standards to students worldwide. The pedagogy is targeted to provide comprehensive education to students within age group of 3-19 years of age.

The three programmes are:

  • PYP – Primary Years Programme for 3-12 years old (Kindergarten to Class 5)
  • MYP – Middle Years Programme for 11-16 years old (Class 6 to Class 10)
  • DP – Diploma Programme for 16-19 years old (Class 11 and Class 12)

All the three programmes are targeted towards comprehensive development of children on intellectual, emotional, personal, and social aspects to become responsible citizens of a global community.

IBDP is specially designed extensive curriculum for 10+ 2 students in the age group of 16-19 years. The programme aims to bring around a comprehensive development the kids. IBDP revolves around three major components: -

  • CAS - Creativity, Action and Service programme
  • TOK - Theory of Knowledge
  • EE - Extended Essay

A student needs to choose from six subject groups in the IBDP curriculum as follows:

  • Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature – First Language (English)
  • Group 2: Language Acquisition – Second Language (French, German)
  • Group3: Individuals and Societies – (History, Economics, Business and Management, and more)
  • Group 4: Sciences – (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Systems)
  • Group 5: Mathematics
  • Group 6: Arts – (either Visual Arts or a second subject from Groups 3, 4 or 5)

Against all myths…this statement is true. IB Diploma Programme is officially accepted by all universities and colleges of India. The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) has given IB Diploma equal status as the Plus Two (10+2) Class of all other boards prevailing in India.

IBDP students are evaluated based on the grading system ranging from 1-7. Universities and colleges give admission to IBDP students on the basis of percentage/marks in Class 12th. Results in IBDP is declared in July of every year, but as admissions in Indian universities are completed before July, so, IB board provides their students predicted scores which is based on their prior academic performance. Universities provide provisional admission to IBDP pass outs based on these scores.

The following table is used by most of the universities in India to convert the IB Score into percentages:

IB – Grade Indian Equivalent
7 96-100
6 83-95
5 70-82
4 56-69
3 41-55
2 21-40
1 1-20

Traditional boards have a unidimensional curriculum that means the focus is always on knowledge, all a learner does is to learn, either by understanding or by memorizing. On the contrary, in IBDP learners have to both understand what they are learning and develop their skills simultaneously, which makes this education form multi-dimensional. The teaching approach used by IB schools in India is multidisciplinary, which helps the students grow individuals with a global mind and thinking process.

For succeeding in a competitive exam, aspirants need to practice timing and strategy, irrespective of which board they belong to. The fundamental concepts are similar in every board, however, how you interpret and conceptualize your learnings is taught by schools. IB curriculum since it focuses on a comprehensive understanding and implementing their knowledge, the students are very much competent to excel in competitive exams.

This is again a myth that needs to be shattered. Students of the IB board are equally accepted by all the universities and colleges of India. There are a lot of IB school students who want to pursue their higher studies only in an Indian institution. It is also true that studying in International Baccalaureate gives students a competitive edge over others in abroad studies because of the inclusion of foreign languages in the curriculum. Additionally, all the disciplines are taught to IBDP students with a breadth and depth which makes learning more intense and helps students realize their potential.

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