Senior College Pre IB and IB Diploma - ACG Senior College
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
Preparing students for success in higher education and to be active participants in a global society.
What is important to you in your final years of high school? If you are looking for an experience that is meaningful, providing you with opportunities that prepare you extremely well for university, as well as for your future beyond tertiary study, then look no further than the IB Diploma programme at ACG Senior College.
As an IB student you will be studying for a truly international qualification, with all aspects of your courses designed to prepare you for positive participation in our ever-globalising world.
By focussing on a dynamic combination of knowledge, skills, independent critical and creative thought and international-mindedness, as an IB graduate you will be empowered to pursue your academic ambitions whilst also understanding how to contribute to society as an active, responsible citizen.
As an IB student you will be part of an international community of learners, with IB schools located in every corner of the planet. Universities across the globe as well as here in New Zealand, hold the IB qualification and students to whom it is awarded, in very high regard.
“Students who apply with IB credentials are assumed to be mature, curious and creative,” says Pamela Horne, assistant to the provost for enrolment and director of admissions at Michigan State University. “My eyes light up when I see 'International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme’ on a transcript.”
The IB Diploma is a two-year programme that begins in January for year 12 students. This enables students to move into university study in countries in Europe, North America and Asia. Students are also able to move into tertiary study in New Zealand universities.
The Diploma focuses on rigorous academic study within a broad and balanced curriculum, which can prepare students well for university and employment.
As an IB student you will be required to study six subjects. In addition to these six subjects you will complete three additional course components that collectively make up what is referred to as the IB Core.
To ensure a broad, genuine educational experience you will have the opportunity to select one subject from each of the following five groups:
• Studies in Language and Literature (in your first language)
• Language Acquisition (a second language)
• Individuals and Societies (Humanities)
You will then select a sixth subject from either The Arts, or a second subject from one of the groups above.
Universities value this holistic, well-rounded programme. It enables successful students to gain entry into top undergraduate programmes in all disciplines in universities across the World and here in New Zealand.
We currently offer the following IB Diploma Subjects at ACG Senior College:
*All courses above are dependent upon sufficient numbers
A significant point of difference to other examination programmes, the IB Diploma’s Core provides you with important skills that will put you in very good stead for university. The three components of the Core are compulsory and form a central part of the IB’s philosophy. They are:
•Theory of Knowledge: Theory of knowledge (TOK) is a subject that provides an opportunity for students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know.
•CAS: Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) involves students participating in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the duration of the course. This aspect of the diploma enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development by learning through experience.
•The Extended Essay: The extended essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper. Students are introduced to, and gain experience in the research and writing skills expected at university.
- Click here to download the latest IB Diploma Programme Flyer
- Click here for Further Information from the IB Official Page