The IB Studies

The actual IB programme differs from the national curriculum in the number of subjects (six subjects) and in that their teaching is not clearly organized in courses. Therefore the exams are held in different manner. There are two exam periods (Mock-exams) during the school year. Also the working methods, e.g. working in groups, preparing essays, doing investigations/ laboratory works, giving presentations, require active participation and motivation from students.

IB subjects are selected during the spring term of the Preparatory year. The students choose their programme of the six subjects to be studied over two years, from the following:

  • Group 1: Language A1 (best language; Finnish, English, French (self-taught), German (self-taught)
  • Group 2: Language A2 or B (second best language; French B, German ab initio)
  • Group 3: Individuals and Societies (history, psychology, economics)
  • Group 4: Experimental Sciences (biology, chemistry, physics)
  • Group 5: Mathematics (HL, SL Methods or Studies)
  • Group 6: Electives ( Drama or possibility to choose another subject from group 3 or 4 or another language)

The student chooses one subject from each group. The student must have at least three (but no more than four) higher level subjects and two or three standard level subjects. Higher level subject equals 8,5 courses and a standard level subject 5 courses.

In addition to these subjects the students study the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and they have to complete the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) which is an experimental component of the diploma. The aim of the CAS programme is to educate the whole person. TOK is a course that examines the origins and validity of various forms of knowledge. The aims of the course are to gain an understanding of what it means to know something and to develop the critical thinking.

The students are also required to write an Extended Essay of some 4000 words. The Extended Essay is an in-depth study of a limited topic chosen from one of the subjects of the IB Diploma Programme. The essay permits student to deepen his/ her programme of study. These components form the IB Diploma.

IB grading System

During IB1 year students are evaluated using national grading system (scale from 4 to 10). School will provide normal course report for IB1 students. IB1 and IB2 students are evaluated on scale from 1 to 7 and their effort on the scale from C to A. IB term reports are given after Mock exam periods.

In the IB Diploma the subject grade is the result of both internal and external assessment. Internally assessed work counts for about 20-30 % of the final subject grade. Internal assessment includes the classroom teacher’s evaluation of different works for example laboratory works, special projects. Each examined subject is graded by external examiners on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum). The award of the diploma requires a minimum total of 24 points (a grade 4 represents a passing level in each of the six subjects) and satisfactory completion of the TOK , CAS and Extended Essay. The maximum score in the six subjects is 42 points.

The maximum diploma point score is 45. TOK and Extended Essay contribute to the overall score through a matrix system which awards up to three points based on the candidate’s combined performance. The results of the IB final examinations are sent to schools at the beginning of July, and the IB Diplomas arrive at the end of the August.

Requirements for transfer from IB1 to IB2

The student has to meet following requirements in order to be transferred from IB1 to IB2: 1 .All the IB work assigned by the school for IB1 must be completed.
2. In SL and HL subjects the lowest accepted grade is 2.
3. The sum of all six IB Diploma subject’s grades is at least 24