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IB Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate Programme is a highly academic two-year high school programme of study for students aged 16-19, covering Grades 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 that assists in enhancing analytical, research, 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, after the programme, students are expected to emerge as well-balanced, internationally minded, and highly-skilled individuals.


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The International Baccalaureate Programme curriculum at NIC is unique in that it includes the 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-Taught
ESS (Environmental systems and societies)
Language Acquisition         Mathematics        
English B
Japanese B
Japanese Ab Initio
Mathematics AA
(Analysis and Approaches)
Mathematics AI
(Applications and Interpretation)
Individuals & Societies Arts
Business Management
Visual Arts

Students choose six courses (3 at standard level & 3 at higher level) from six subject groups with the help of a career counselor. 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 Group 4. Since the IBDP is a two-year programme, students in Grade 12 continue studying the subjects started in Grade 11. IB examinations are held near the end of Grade 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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