IB@Nesbru vgs

Satelite site for the IB Diploma programme at Nesbru videregående skole

The IB Diploma programme


The Diploma Programme is a rigorous pre-university course of study designed for students in the 16 to 19 age range. It is a broad-based two-year course that aims to encourage students to be knowledgeable and inquiring, but also caring and compassionate. There is a strong emphasis on encouraging students to develop intercultural understanding, open-mindedness, and the attitudes necessary for them to respect and evaluate a range of points of view.

The Diploma programme equips students with learning and communication skills necessary for success in higher education and employment. At the end of the second year, students face a set of external examinations. Graduating with the IB Diploma, they have access to the world's leading universities.

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International Baccalaureate Organization, 2012



In the Diploma programme students study:

  • two modern languages (or a modern language and a classical language)
  • a humanities or social science subject
  • an experimental science
  • mathematics
  • one of the creative arts



It is this comprehensive range of subjects that makes the Diploma Programme a demanding course of study designed to prepare students effectively for university entrance. In each of the academic areas students have flexibility in making their choices, which means they can choose subjects that particularly interest them and that they may wish to study further at university.

Choosing the right combination


Students are required to choose one subject from each of the six academic areas, although they can choose a second subject from groups 1 to 5 instead of a group 6 subject. Three subjects are taken at higher level (HL), and the others are taken at standard level (SL). However, it is possible for students to choose up to four HL subjects if they want to. Subjects at HL are studied in greater depth and breadth than at SL. In this way, it is possible for students to choose subjects and levels that are tailored towards their strengths, personal interests and future plans while assuring that all students receive an education that also include the breadth of a balanced overall programme.

At both levels, many skills are developed, especially those of critical thinking and analysis. At the end of the course, students’ abilities are measured by means of external assessment. Many subjects contain some element of coursework assessed by teachers. The courses are available for examinations in English, French and Spanish, with the exception of groups 1 and 2 courses where examinations are in the language of study.

The following subjects are offered at Nesbru videregående skole for the diploma period 2012-2014. Click on the subjects in the list below for information about the subject contents. The actual subjects offered are dependent on a reasonable demand.

Group 4: Experimental sciences
Group 6: The Arts (or elective subject)
Group 5: Mathematics and computer science


The core of the hexagon


All Diploma Programme students participate in the three course requirements that make up the core of the hexagon. Reflection on all these activities is a principle that lies at the heart of the thinking behind the Diploma Programme.

The Theory of knowledge course encourages students to think about the nature of knowledge, to reflect on the process of learning in all the subjects they study as part of their Diploma Programme course, and to make connections across the academic areas.
Creativity, action, service involves students in experiential learning through a range of artistic, sporting, physical and service activities.
The Extended essay, a substantial piece of writing of up to 4,000 words, enables students to investigate a topic of special interest that they have chosen themselves. It also encourages them to develop the skills of independent research that will be expected at university.