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IB DP

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a two-year educational programme primarily aimed at students aged 16–19.
IB DP
Country of Origin: Switzerland
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The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is an assessed programme for students aged 16 to 19. It is respected by leading universities across the globe.

Through the DP, schools are able to develop students who:

  • have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge
  • flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
  • study at least two languages
  • excel in traditional academic subjects
  • explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course.

The IB makes the claim that:

"DP students are better able than their peers to cope with demanding workloads, manage their time and meet the expectations placed on them, according to one study".

No evidence is presented in this regard - at least on the IB web site or that we could find, however there is no doubt with more subjects studied over a shorter period of time than its peer, the A' Level, IB students do need to plan their time very, very effectively.

The DP is preceded by the IB’s Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP).

"The three programmes are philosophically aligned, each centred on developing attributes of the IB learner profile. The programmes are consistent in their pedagogical approach."

Despite this many schools follow the IB at Diploma level do not follow the IB MYP - but instead opt for GCSE.

There are a number of reasons for this. IB requires strong teachers - it is almost entirely dependant on what your school and teachers put into it compared to the GCSE which is considerably more perscriptive in terms of syllabus and methodologies of delivery. Most importantly however there is no paper-based assesment - the MYP does not end in a recognized qualification, while GCSE does. 

In fact for some universities internationally, including the US, GCSE is sufficient for entrance, while the IB MYP would not be. 

At least partially because of this many international schools opt for the GCSE up to 16 and then the IB DP from post 16 education.

 

 

21 Thailand Schools offering IB DP

School name Community Region
Ascot International School Bangkok Central Thailand
Bangkok Patana School Bangkok Central Thailand
Berkeley International School Bangkok Central Thailand
British International School Phuket Phuket South Thailand
Concordian International School Samut Prakan Central Thailand
Garden International School, Eastern Seaboard, Ban Chang Chonburi Eastern Thailand
International School Bangkok Nonthaburi Central Thailand
ISE International School Chonburi Eastern Thailand
New Sathorn International School Bangkok Central Thailand
NIST International School Bangkok Central Thailand
Pan-Asia International School Bangkok Central Thailand
Prem Tinsulanonda International School Chiang Mai North Thailand
Regents International School Pattaya Chonburi Eastern Thailand
Ruamrudee International School Bangkok Central Thailand
St Andrews International School (Green Valley) Chonburi Eastern Thailand
St Andrews International School (Sukhumvit 107) Bangkok Central Thailand
St Andrews International School Bangkok (Srivikorn) Bangkok Central Thailand
The Regent's International School, Bangkok Bangkok Central Thailand
United World College Thailand Phuket South Thailand
Wellington College International Bangkok Bangkok Central Thailand
Wells International School (On Nut) Bangkok Central Thailand

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