This section has been written to help parents and students with the important academic decisions that need to be made ahead of Year 11. This information is current for students who will be studying Year 11 courses from October 2023 and Year 12 courses from October 2024.
We are proud to offer the IB Diploma as an alternative curriculum at Scotch College, and will this year graduate our 12th cohort. The IB Diploma itself has been running since 1968, with more than 1.7 million students studying the Diploma since its inception. Last year, approximately 190,000 candidates worldwide sat their IB Diploma examinations at over 7,500 schools spread across 150+ countries, with over 2,300 of those schools in the Asia-Pacific region. That total reflects a more than five-fold increase in the number of students undertaking the Diploma since 2000.
One of the greatest strengths of the IB Diploma is the breadth of study students undertake.
Students must choose a subject from each of the first five groups (1-5) below, and are actively encouraged to choose a subject from the arts as their final subject. However, students may elect to study a second subject from the sciences or humanities subjects, especially where it is necessary to satisfy university prerequisites. Scotch College firmly believes that students benefit tremendously from studying a subject in the Arts.
- Group 1: Studies in Language & Literature
- Group 2: Language Acquisition
- Group 3: Individuals & Societies
- Group 4: Sciences
- Group 5: Mathematics
- Group 6: The Arts
The information included here is just one source of information. Boys are encouraged to ask teachers of IB Diploma subjects about their courses, and to consult with students currently studying the IB Diploma about their experiences.
If you wish to understand more about the IB Diploma itself, have any queries about matters in this Course Selection website, or about the transition from Year 10 to Year 11 courses, please contact the IB Diploma Coordinator or Deputy Head of Senior School – Teaching & Learning.