IB (International Baccalaureate)

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Kent College Dubai is an IB World School offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP):

The IB Diploma is an exciting programme that focuses not only on the academic enrichment of the student, but their personal development as a well-rounded individual. It is highly-respected internationally and recognised by all UK and International universities. The Diploma offers a breadth of knowledge and range of skills that are sought after by employers and higher education alike.

The IB Diploma allows students to follow six subjects from different areas of study including literature, a foreign language, humanities, science, maths, and an optional arts subject. Students also research and write an Extended Essay in an area of interest to them; this is highly regarded by universities. At the core of the programme, their academic study is complemented with a course on the Theory of Knowledge, their also opportunities to gain leadership skills and credit for their extracurricular activities in Creativity, Action and Service.

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The Diploma is a challenging course that will suit students who are hard working, well organised and have a genuine curiosity for the subjects of their study.

The current selection of subjects available in the IB Diploma Programme has been selected in response to current student preference and is up for review each year as the cohort grows.

Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)

Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) focuses on personal development outside the classroom. The student engages in Creativity, through the arts and creative thinking; Action, through physical activity, contributing to a healthy lifestyle; and Service, volunteering to benefit others. A personal journey of self-discovery, CAS is a challenging endeavour in personal growth. Students are supported in the innovative completion of CAS in community, local and global projects.

Extended Essay

The Extended Essay is an in-depth study on a topic of the student’s choosing. It is the perfect opportunity to show knowledge, understanding, and enthusiasm for the student’s academic interests through high-level research and intellectual discovery- this excellent preparation for the expectation of university level academic writing.

Theory of Knowledge

The Theory of Knowledge focuses on critical thinking, challenging the notion of learning as the mere acquisition of facts. The complexities associated with knowledge are closely considered; we look at what we believe to be true, the reasons we have for holding these beliefs and whether or not our reasons for holding them are ‘good or useful’. The aim is not only to introduce students to a range of ideas and debates, but to encourage them to view their own ideas, beliefs, and opinions in light of those of others.

The IB Diploma consists of six subject groups:

  • Group 1: English (or first language)
  • Group 2: Second language
  • Group 3: Humanities
  • Group 4: Science
  • Group 5: Maths
  • Group 6: The Arts

Kent Colleg, Dubai is also a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate and pursuing authorization as an IB World School.

CLICK HERE to find out more about our IBDP Subject Options.  Please feel free to contact our IBDP Coordinator Ms Boyes for more information: cboyes@kentcollege.sch.ae

World Ready, Future Ready

We are very flexible when it comes to constructing the timetables for Diploma candidates and encourage applicants to identify courses and subjects they wish to study. Kent College Dubai offers outstanding levels of teaching and support for the IB Diploma with mentorship available as standard to ensure the very best outcomes for individuals.

The academic life of the IB student is complemented with rich and diverse extracurricular programs at Kent College Dubai. There are large numbers of clubs and societies for every interest and new ones established each year to meet the changing desires of our students. National representation in sport, Music and Drama is common and students are supported to pioneer the introduction of their extracurricular pursuits, leading to regular student leadership opportunities, there is simply something for everyone at Kent College Dubai. The pastoral system in the school is highly valued and central to our ethos, the family atmosphere and supportive environment in the school means that well rounded global citizens leave the school on graduation from the IB Diploma Programme.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org

**Mission Statement from the IB

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.


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IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary YearsProgramme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org

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