International Baccalaureate (IB)

Sixth Form at Haileybury Astana presents an exciting opportunity for girls and boys to have significant choice over their pathways.

The International Baccalaureate is an exciting qualification accepted by universities all over the world.

Many American universities can give up to a full year’s credit for good pupils who have taken this qualification offered to pupils from 16 to 18 years old. For many UK and world universities, IB pupils are valued for the research and learning skills it develops, and the IB is now offered by many of the UK's top schools.

The IB is independent of governments. It is a programme designed by educationalists to develop independence, leadership skills and a truly international approach. It is the fastest growing pre-university programme in the world.

IB graduates have the opportunity to enter the best universities in the world; in the UK, the USA, Asia, Europe and Australia.

Mrs Munoz is the school’s University Admission Counselor and she supports pupils at all stages of admission. In this video, Mrs Munoz talks about scholarships in universities all around the world.

Obtaining a partial or full-time scholarship is the most important aspect for scholarship pupils. Haileybury Astana provides a chance to not only receive the IB scholarship, but it also offers opportunities for talented students to continue their scholarship programs at the world's best universities.

What is the Diploma Programme Curriculum?

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a 2-year course whereby students study six subjects chosen from six different option groups. Three of these subjects must be studied at Higher Level and the remaining three at Standard Level. The six groups are as follows:

  • Group 1 - Studies in Language & Literature
  • Group 2 - Language Acquisition
  • Group 3 - Individuals & Societies
  • Group 4 - Sciences
  • Group 5 - Mathematics
  • Group 6 - Arts

Alongside the six subjects, all students complete the IB Core. The Core consists of three strands:

  • Extended Essay is a personal research project whereby students design a research question based on a subject of interest and write a 4000 word essay answering their question and describing the research undertaken. 
  • Theory of Knowledge invites students to question the basis and limits of knowledge from their own perspective.
  • Creativity, Action & Service. Students must undertake and reflect on a variety of activities. These may include learning to play an instrument, improving sporting skills or being a reading mentor. The school has an extensive range of service activities in the local community in which pupils are actively encouraged to participate. 

Each of the 6 subjects has a maximum of 7 points available and the IB Core contributes a maximum of 3 points. A maximum of 45 points can be awarded in total.

Can I change subjects midway through the programme?

Students are granted permission to change their subject choices within the first half term of Year 12. After this, too much content has been covered, and therefore it would be too much work for both students and teachers to catch up on.

How many points must a student earn in order to receive an IB Diploma?

The pass mark for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is 24 points in total and all subjects must achieve at least a pass rate. It must be made clear that in order to successfully pass the IB Diploma Programme, all students must complete all three strands of the IB Core too.  

What benefits do International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme students have in comparison to pupils, who do not take the course?

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme course is an internationally known and highly regarded high school qualification. Due to the holistic nature of the course, all IBDP graduates leave school as truly globally minded citizens who have the essential skills for higher education and the world of work. The IB’s aim is “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.” This is achieved through both academic rigour and the completion of the IB Core whereby students are exposed to the positive impact of service and caring for the community and wider world.

What is the difference between International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and A-levels?

A-level courses are discrete whereas the IB Diploma is holistic in nature. A level students study individual subjects that bear no relation to each other. The IB Diploma is broad, well rounded and seeks to develop the whole child. For example, throughout the IBDP, students develop skills in the following areas

  • Communication
  • Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Caring
  • Reflection
  • Inquiry
  • Risk-Taking
Do students need to go on a Foundation program after the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program?

The short answer is no. There are however some exceptions, like those students who wish to go on to study within the Visual Arts/Graphic Design field. Some courses at university level require students regardless of their high school qualification to complete a foundation course.

Why take IB examinations here in Haileybury Astana, and not other colleges abroad?

Here at Haileybury Astana IBDP students are fortunate enough to have the following.

  • Small class sizes
  • Qualified and experienced teachers
  • Excellent resources
  • Quality pastoral provision
  • Personalised career guidance
  • Access to a strong network within the Haileybury family
Does Haileybury Astana provide scholarships for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme?

Yes, each year, we run a scheme to find the brightest young minds in Kazakhstan to come and study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for free. You can get in touch with our admissions team for further information.

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