General information about the IB Program

IB corresponds to the International Baccalaureate. The IB program consists of different modules: six subjects plus the Extended Essay, the subject Theory of Knowledge, and Creativity, Action & Service (CAS) project. One of the six subjects could be Dutch language. This can be taken up through the Wereldschool, in cooperation with a local international school. There does not have to be a dedicated teacher in Dutch language present at the school. The Wereldschool will provide the appropriate professionals through their IB Dutch Language A program. Below you will find more information regarding the six subjects of which the IB program consists:. 

Six Subjects

Group I: Studies in Language and Literature

This group requires a native level in the language. This group is subdivided in three parts, each part providing a different angle from which to approach the native language. The student chooses one or two of the angles:

Language A: Literature

This part can be completed in any native language. If there is not dedicated teacher of the language present at the school, this part can be self-taught by the student. This part is available for remote guidance by the Wereldschool.

Language A: Language in Literature

This part is taught in 16 specific languages, and cannot be self-taught.

Literature and Performances

This part is taught in English, and in Spanish and French at some schools. It cannot be self-taught.

Group II: Language acquisition

This is the second language. The student has to choose one second language to learn, and this can be done at different levels. There is also a choice between modern and classical languages:

Modern language

  • Language ab initio: The beginners level. It is dependent on the school which options are available.
  • Language B: The advanced level. The student has the choice between Standard Level and High Level.

Classical language

Latin or Greek.

Group III: Individuals and Society

The student has to choose from one of the following subjects: business and management, economics, geography, history, information technology, philosophy, psychology, social and cultural anthropology, or world religions.

Group IV: Experimental Sciences

The student chooses from one of the following subjects: biology, chemistry or physics, design technology or environmental systems & societies.

Group V: Mathematics and Computer Scienc

Within mathematics, four levels are possible. Computer Science can be chosen as a supplement to one of the mathematics levels.

Group VI: The Arts

The student can choose from five subjects: dance, music, film, theatre, and visual arts

From the six (abovementioned) groups, three subjects must be followed at Standard Level and three at Higher Level. The student has to choose one subject from groups I to IV. The student has the choice to choose a subject from group VI, but they can also choose for an extra subject from groups I to IV if they so wish instead.

Extended Essay

Each student has to complete an essay of around 4.000 words, in one of the IB subjects they chose. The Extended Essay gives the IB students a chance to perform original research, and to show that they are capable of doing so properly. An external examiner grades the essay.

Theory of Knowledge

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is part of the IB program. It teaches the student to think critically. It offers the opportunity for them to debate about a diverse range of themes, amongst which logic, ethics, and philosophy.

Creativity, Action and Service

The CAS program requires the student to develop a life outside of school. Universities value this kind of extra-curricular activity increasingly, and it is important that students, alongside maintaining high grades, have participated in sports, done voluntary work, and have been part of groups and clubs, etc. Examples of CAS projects could be, amongst others, taking golf classes in order to attain a Gold Ability License, walking pound dogs, or participating in a play. The CAS project may not take the form of paid work or result in the student taking over a hired role. Thus, a part-time role in a restaurant (paid or not) is not an appropriate CAS project; handing out food at the local shelter is.

IB grades and het IB diploma

Each subject is awarded a grade between 1 and 7, just as in the Dutch secondary education each subject receives a grade between 1 and 10 (and in France, between 1 and 20). The total number of points is 42. Additionally, a student can attain three bonus points in their Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge Presentation, and the CAS project. The IB diploma is awarded if a student attains a minimum of 24 points in their exams. Student who have successfully attained their IB diploma are accepted at universities in more than 100 countries across the world. Most Dutch universities do not require more then 24 points for admissions, but do require a certain level in the Dutch language. The University of Cambridge requires at least 38 points for admission.