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Updates on the Diploma Programme

The Diploma Programme is reviewed and updated on an ongoing, regular basis in a comprehensive and transparent process. The review process is collaborative and draws on the knowledge and expertise of a variety of sources and individuals, including research by curriculum experts both within and outside of the IB, IB World Schools, committees, and universities. These changes ensure that the IB is at the forefront of international education and remains the global standard for university preparation.

Change to Group 5 Mathematics in the Diploma Programme from 2012

An overview of the changes is available in the two guides below.

Download the summary guide on the changes in group 5

Download the summary guide on the changes in Computer Science

summary guide on the changes in group 5

summary guide on the chages in Computer Science

 

Changes to language courses in the Diploma Programme from 2011

From September 2011, the IB will offer a new and enhanced range of language courses for groups 1 and 2. The first examination session for the new courses will be in 2013. All of the changes to the curriculum maintain the academic challenge and rigour for which the IB is known and will prepare students for success in a wide range of courses in university.

An overview of the changes is available in one of the two guides below.

Download the summary guide on the changes in groups 1 and 2 (PDF, 144KB)

Download the complete guide for universities on the changes to groups 1 and 2 in the Diploma Programme (PDF, 236KB)

Summary guide

Complete guide


Overview of group 1

Group 1 courses are designed to support future academic study by developing high levels of language competence and communication skills as well as social, aesthetic and cultural literacy. Group 1 courses are suitable for students who have experience of using the language in an academic context. IB students have varying language backgrounds with some having only one primary language and others being bilingual or multilingual.

From September 2011, the IB will offer the following language courses in group 1:

  • Language A: literature
  • Language A: language and literature
  • Literature and performance (a transdisciplinary standard level course)

These courses will replace the current language A1 course in group 1.


Overview of group 2

Group 2 courses provide students with the opportunity to acquire or develop an additional language and promote an understanding of other cultures through the study of language. The courses available allow students to access the target language, whether studying it as a beginner or as someone with prior experience of the language.

Language ab initio is a language-acquisition course designed to provide students with the necessary skills and intercultural competence that will enable them to communicate successfully in an environment where the language studied is spoken. Language B is a more challenging course designed for students with a degree of knowledge and experience in the target language. Those passing the course at higher level should be able to follow university courses in other disciplines in the language B studied.

Students can also opt to study a classical language course in Latin or Classical Greek. This course involves work on either of these languages and includes translation work and a study of texts in the original language.

Language A2 will no longer be an option in group 2. Students who would have taken this course are expected to take the new language A: language and literature course in group 1.

From September 2011, the IB will offer the following language courses in group 2:

  • Language ab initio
  • Language B
  • Classical languages