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International Programme

The International Programme is a highly academic two-year high school programme of study for students aged 16-19, covering Years 11 and 12, leading to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. The IB Diploma is a well-respected qualification accepted by universities worldwide.

Along with the traditional subjects, the Programme also incorporates a learning approach which assists to enhance analytical, research and people and self-management skills across the curriculum in practice and application. The learning in the programme is driven by case method approaches to teaching and learning and, at the completion of the programme, students are expected to emerge as well-balanced, internationally-minded and highly-skilled individuals.

NUCB International College is a candidate school* for the Diploma Programme. It is pursuing authorisation as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education - that we believe is important for our students.

*Only schools authorised by the IB Organisation can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorisation will be granted.

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The International Programme curriculum at NIC is unique in that it includes case method teaching and learning approaches providing a rich, skill-focused experience for students in all subjects. The subjects available have been carefully considered to maximise the university and career pathway options for our particular cohort of students. Within the selection, one subject from each subject group must be selected with the exception of Group 6. If a Group 6 subject is not selected, another subject from Groups 1-5 must be selected in its stead. All non-group listed subjects are compulsory for graduation in two diplomas.

Students select from the following subjects from each group and at Higher or Standard Level:

  1. Language & Literature: English / Japanese

  2. Language Acquisition: English / Japanese

  3. Business Management / History / Geography / Environmental Systems and Society

  4. Biology / Chemistry / Physics / Environmental Systems and Society

  5. Mathematics

  6. Theatre / Music / Film

  • Physical Education
  • Health
  • Japanese Popular Culture
  • Design Thinking

Note: A subject selection whereby the language of the Group 1 subject is different from the language of instruction of Group 3, 4 and 5 subjects will result in a special Bilingual qualification being awarded. A minimum score of 3 out of 7 has to be attained in the relevant subjects.