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IB Diploma 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.


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The International Programme curriculum at NIC is unique in that it includes case method and a variety of teaching and learning approaches, providing a rich, skill-focused experience for students in all subjects.
The subject selections for the programme have been carefully considered maximising the university and career pathway options for our students. One subject from each subject group must be selected except for Group 4, from which two subjects may be selected instead of a Group 6 subject. All non-group listed subjects, such as Physical Education and Health, are compulsory for graduation in two diplomas.

Core subjects

  • EE (Extended Essay)
  • TOK (Theory of Knowledge)
  • CAS (Creativity / Activity / Service)

Students select their subjects from 6 groups

Language & Literature Sciences
Japanese A
English A
Lang A Self-Study
Language Acquisition         Mathematics        

English B
Japanese B

Mathematics SL
Mathematics HL
Individuals & Societies Arts
Business Management
Visual Arts

Students choose six courses (3 standard level & 3 higher level) from six subject groups with the help of an advisor. One subject must be chosen from the first 5 groups, and the sixth subject can be chosen from Group 6, or a second subject can be chosen from Groups 1, 2, 3 or 4. Since the IBDP is a 2 year program, students in Year 12 continue studying the subjects started in Year 11. IB examinations are held near the end of Year 12. All subjects are offered at both higher level and standard level unless indicated.

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.

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