The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) is a highly respected and rigorous academic program that prepares students for success in university and beyond. As part of its ongoing commitment to excellence, the IBDP has announced some significant changes to the program starting in 2023/2024. In this blog post, we will explore these changes and what they mean for students.
Introduction of the IB Career-related Program (CP): One of the most significant changes to the IBDP is the introduction of the IB Career-related Program (CP). This program is designed to provide students with a more vocational and practical education, combining the academic rigor of the IBDP with vocational skills and experiences. The CP will be offered alongside the traditional IBDP and will include a range of career-related courses, work experience, and a reflective project.
Changes to the IB core: The IBDP core, which includes Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Extended Essay (EE), and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), will also see some changes. TOK will be restructured to include a digital component, giving students the opportunity to engage with technology and critical thinking. The EE will become more flexible, allowing students to explore a wider range of topics and formats. Finally, CAS will include a greater emphasis on collaboration, leadership, and community service.
New subject options: The IBDP will offer new subject options starting in 2023/2024. These subjects include Global Politics, Environmental Systems and Societies, and Sports, Exercise and Health Science. These new subjects reflect the changing needs of students and society, and provide greater flexibility for students to pursue their interests and passions.
Assessment changes: The IBDP assessment process will also see some changes. The grading system will be revised, with a greater emphasis on achievement levels. The assessment of language acquisition subjects will also be revised to include a greater focus on communication and intercultural understanding.
These changes to the IBDP reflect the IB’s commitment to providing a relevant and rigorous education that prepares students for success in university and beyond. By offering a more flexible and practical program, the IB is responding to the changing needs of students and society. Students can look forward to a more personalized and engaging learning experience that fosters critical thinking, collaboration, and leadership skills.