IB Diploma Courses Gimnazija Crnjanski
To be eligible for the full IB Diploma, each student is required to follow six IB Diploma courses, with one subject taken from each group. All IB Diploma students must choose three courses at Higher Level (HL) and three courses at Standard Level (SL), in the curriculum model:
Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature
Language A Literature: Serbian, Russian
Language A: Language and Literature: English, German. Spanish
Other language self-taught
Group 2: Language Acquisition
Group 3: Individuals and Societies
Environmental systems and societies
Group 4: Experimental Sciences
Environmental systems and societies
Group 5: Mathematics
Group 6: not offered. Elective: an additional subject from groups 1-4.
The Core of the IB Diploma Programme comprises the Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Extended Essay and Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) activities.
Apart from the six courses that lead to academic achievement, the IB Diploma Programme emphasizes critical thinking (TOK), research skills (EE) and community service (CAS). Therefore, students must engage themselves and fulfill the requirements of the core of the IBDP that, combined with the academic accomplishments, lead to the full IB Diploma.
Theory of Knowledge – TOK
TOK is a critical thinking course in which we reflect on what we already know asking ourselves how we acquired this knowledge, how certain we are in knowing what we claim to know, how applicable this knowledge is and what problems and limitations we faced during the acquisition of knowledge. We discuss and ask questions rather than provide answers, we challenge each other’s assumptions and discover our biases. We develop an appreciation of the diversity and richness of cultural perspectives. As a prompt for reflection we use knowledge gained in other subjects, examples from students’ life, news, articles, movies, books and advertisements.
Extended Essay – EE
The Extended Essay is a 4000-word-research paper that gives students the opportunity to explore a topic of special interest to them. It is an excellent preparation for undergraduate studies and is particularly valued by universities around the world. Students develop skills in analysis, synthesis, evaluation and communication, and thoroughly engage in a personal exploration of their research question.
Approaches to Teaching and Learning – ATL
Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.
The marks awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). Students can also be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results on theory of knowledge and the extended essay. The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programmme and to satisfactory participation in the creativity, action, service requirement. The highest total that a Diploma Programme student can be awarded is 45 points.
Assessment is criterion-related, which means student performance is measured against pre-specified assessment criteria based on the aims and objectives of each subject curriculum, rather than the performance of other students taking the same examinations. The range of scores that students have attained remains statistically stable, and universities value the rigor and consistency of Diploma Programme assessment practice.
For those students who are interested in obtaining a national curriculum diploma at Gimnazija Crnjanski, together with the IB diploma, there is a possibility of transferring IB marks into national curriculum grades. For more information, contact the school’s IBDP coordinator.