IB-DP-DiagramThe International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at BIS

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced Programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. The Programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

The Diploma Programme prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society as they:

  • develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
  • acquire breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding
  • develop the skills and a positive attitude towards learning
  • study at least two languages and increase understanding of cultures, including their own
  • make connections across traditional academic disciplines and explore the nature of knowledge through the Theory of Knowledge course.
  • undertake in-depth research into an area of interest in the Extended Essay
  • enhance their personal and interpersonal development through Creativity, Activity and Service.

How is the IB Diploma Programme different?

The IB DP is:

  • designed to promote international-mindedness
  • studied in over 140 countries around the world
  • criterion-referenced
  • largely externally examined and 
moderated as a method of ensuring consistent 
  • unique with CAS, the 
Extended Essay, and TOK core components
  • education for the whole person


As DP students BIS will expect you to:

  • demonstrate self-discipline and responsibility
  • enjoy the challenge of a demanding academic Programme
  • have the desire and motivation required
  • seek assistance when necessary, and not hesitate to give it when possible
  • learn from peers as well as from teachers
  • share with and contribute to the school community.

The IB Curriculum

  • 6 subjects, 3 at Higher Level, 3 at Standard Level
  • cover at least 5 out of 6 subject groups
  • all students take CAS, Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge


  • written exams in May of year 2, externally marked
  • assessment tasks during course are marked internally then moderated, or externally marked
  • criterion related assessment
  • marks are from 1-7 per subject
  • 3 bonus points for TOK/EE
  • possible 45 points total

The DP Core Components

  • The Extended Essay (EE) engages students in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects. They then write a 4000-word university style research paper.
  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK) develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. In this course on critical thinking, students inquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction.
  • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme. Creativity encourages students to engage in the arts and creative thinking. Activity seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Service with the community offers a vehicle for new learning with academic value. The three strands of CAS enhance students’ personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning and enable journeys of self-discovery.

Group 1: Studies in Language and literature

Group 2: Language Acquisition

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

Group 4 Sciences

Group 5: Mathematics

Group 6:  The Arts


Contact Information

Anders Hjelm

IB Diploma Programme Coordinator



Useful Websites

BIS  www.baliinternationalschool.com

IB    www.ibo.org

Pamoja Education    www.pamojaeducation.com