The IB Diploma Pogramme

Learning in the IBDP

IB DP Bridge Programme

GMA will run a Bridge Programme from April to June for students who opt to take the IB Diploma Programme in Grade 11. The Bridge Programme has been designed to ensure that students will be fully equipped to effectively undertake the practices and methodologies expected within the IB Diploma Programme. This will ensure they acquire the skills necessary to derive the full benefit of the IB experience.

The 3 month intensive Bridge Programme will be undertaken in the months of April, May and June during the first term of Grade 11. Opportunities for honing independent research skills will be built into the programme. IB trained teachers will deliver the Bridge Programme. Modules will include:

  • Data Analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Investigative Science
  • Time management
  • Deconstruct
  • Big Write
  • LinguaFranca
  • FlexiModule
  • Culture of collaboration
  • SocialQuotient
  • Academic Honesty
  • Theory of Knowledge

Please feel free to contact the IB Diploma Programme Coordinator/Assistant Coordinator for more details.

The IB Diploma Programme Pathways and Subject Options

The IB Diploma Programme offers candidates two pathways of study: the Diploma (65% of global candidates) and Diploma Course (35%) categories. Both are universally recognised by universities around the world, with 100% placement rate of our candidates in both pathways.

Diploma candidates

The Diploma category is a pass/fail award, which has numerous mandatory requirements and conditions:  

  • Diploma candidates are required to choose one subject from each of the six subject groups (see subject options below), in addition to the “Core” components.
  • The sixth subject may be an Arts subject chosen from Group 6 or another subject from Groups 3 or 4.
  • Three subjects must be taken at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL).
  • Diploma candidates must achieve at least 24 total points and 12 Higher Level points, with other conditions, to be awarded the Diploma.

Diploma Course candidates

The Diploma Course category allows students to customise their subject selections to best suit their needs, with no pass/fail criteria.

  • Up to six subjects may be selected.
  • Up to three Higher Level subjects may be selected, subject to prerequisite requirements
  • Core options may be added to the subject selections with consultation

Subject options

Subjects options will be granted given that all applicable prerequisites are met and a minimum class size number is met. Based each candidate’s subject choices, their application will be carefully reviewed in line with the DP admissions policy and interview process.

CORE – Theory of knowledge

CORE – Creativity, Action and Service

CORE – Extended Essay

 

Group – 1: Language A

English A: Studies in Language and Literature

HL/SL

English A: Language and Literature

HL/SL

Group – 2: Acquisition Language

Arabic B

SL

Arabic ab initio

SL

Hindi B

SL

French B

SL

French ab initio

SL

Spanish ab initio

SL

Group – 3: Individuals and Societies

Business Management

HL/SL

Economics

HL/SL

Geography

HL/SL

History

HL/SL

Information Technology in Global Society

HL/SL

Psychology

HL/SL

Group – 4: Sciences

Biology

HL/SL

Chemistry

HL/SL

Computer Science

HL/SL

Environmental Systems and Societies (also counts as a Group 3 subject)

SL

Physics

HL/SL

Sport, Exercise and Health Science

HL/SL

Group – 5: Mathematics

Mathematical Studies

SL

Mathematics

HL/SL

Group – 6: The Arts and the Electives

Music

HL/SL

Visual Arts

HL/SL

Or an additional subject from Group 3 or 4

 

 

All Muslim students are required to study Islamic Education and pass in the Annual Examination. This is according to the KHDA criteria.