The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a broad-based, two-year (11 and 12) upper school course that offers students an alternative to WACE as a pathway to university studies. Students study six subjects and three core components. Three subjects must be studied at a Higher Level and three subjects at a Standard Level. Additionally, students are required to complete the three core components: Extended Essay; Theory of Knowledge; and Creativity, Action and Service. It aims to encourage students to be knowledgeable and inquiring learners with an emphasis on developing intercultural understanding and open-mindedness.
Students will select six subjects; one from each of the six subject groups. Students studying the subject at a Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL) are placed in the same class because HL and SL students have common units of work. However, HL students are required to complete additional units of work. Teachers dismiss SL students from classes when they are delivering a HL unit. SL students work independently in the Library on other course work and then return to class for common units of study.
Students are timetabled to study HL subjects for 240 hours and SL subjects for 150 hours over the two years. Additionally, students receive 100 hours of instruction time in classes for Theory of Knowledge and they have the same teacher over the two years of the programme for each subject.