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IB Diploma Programme

Preparing students for success in a global environment

We are proud to be an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, part of a growing global network of over 5000 schools. 

The IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a globally respected educational pathway available to students in Years 11 and 12 at Prince Alfred College. It requires students to study a broad range of subjects, whilst giving them the freedom to choose which areas to focus on in greater depth.

Why choose the IB Diploma? 

The IBDP is a challenging, balanced and inclusive program of education, which prepares students for success in a global environment. 

The IBDP is particularly respected by universities around the world, who value the critical thinking skills, academic focus and advanced research capabilities possessed by IB graduates. Many universities in Australia and overseas offer course credits to IB graduates, acknowledging that they are more academically prepared than many of their peers from national systems. 

Our IB classes are small and focused, creating opportunities for teachers and students to develop strong relationships and engage in topics and discussions at a much deeper level than they might previously have experienced. Our specialist IB teachers are all individually trained by the IB in their respective subject areas and are extremely passionate about the programme.

We have a long history of success in the IB, reflecting our commitment to making the Diploma Programme a key feature of a PAC education. As one of the top-performing IB schools in Australia, our students achieve consistently high results, opening doors around the world. 

IB Diploma Overview

Students must take one subject from each of the six groups below, with three subjects pursued at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. 

In addition, all students complete the 'core' components of Theory of Knowledge (ToK), the Extended Essay (a 4000 word extended piece of research into a subject of their choosing) and a minimum of 150 hours of Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) during their two years of study.

A total of 45 points are available in the IB Diploma Programme, with each of the six Group subjects awarding a maximum of seven points, and a further three points available through the ’core’.

  • Group 1: Language and Literature
  • Group 2: Language Acquisition
  • Group 3: Individuals and Societies
  • Group 4: Sciences
  • Group 5: Mathematics
  • Group 6: The Arts*

* Or another subject from Group 2, 3 or 4 (subject to availability)  

Further Information

For further information, or to learn more about how the IB can benefit your son, please contact our IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, Mr Corin Bone, on 8334 1200.