IB Core

Central to the working practice of the Diploma Programme, of course, are the 3 components that comprise what is known as 'The Core'.  

For anyone new to it, these are of course:

1.  The Extended Essay

2.  Theory of Knowledge

3.  Creativity, Action and Service

Each constitutes a discrete element in its own right, and yet together they play a key role in the realization of the IB's interest in an integrated, holistic education - one that focuses as much on the development of personal and interpersonal qualities and attributes alongside those more traditionally defined as 'academic' or cognitive.  

The Extended Essay invites students to develop skills of independent research and writing through a 4000 word assignment;  Theory of Knowledge develops abilities critical thinking and enquiry, and Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) seek to nurture qualities associated with activities that sit outside but very much alongside typical classroom practices.  

The Core elements carry with them a maximum of 3 bonus points for students, and these are awarded as detailed in the following table:

A B c D E N
A 3 3 2 2 Fail Fail
B 3 2 2 1 Fail Fail
EE C 2 2 1 0 Fail Fail
D 2 1 0 0 Fail Fail
E Fail Fail Fail Fail Fail Fail
N Fail Fail Fail Fail Fail Fail

Selected Pages

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) 10 April 2021

Barthes' quotation is a useful starting point for students when considering the connections between Theory of Knowledge...

Extended Essay: reflections 3 April 2021

With its explicit emphasis on engagement and reflection, the Extended Essay asks students to consider the research and writing...

Extended Essay: The Research Question 16 January 2021

A good research question should provoke thought. Obviously it should make the student writing the essay think, but it should...

Sample EE 1 (2018 - ): Waiting for Godot and Rhinoceros 2 October 2018

This sample essay is the first exemplar of the 'new' EE (2018 onwards) we have posted. The previous samples will remain...

Sample Extended Essays 27 September 2018

As you prepare students for the Extended Essay, it is important to show them good examples. Students can find the prospect...

Sample EE 6: Antony and Cleopatra 18 June 2018

This sample essay is an excellent example of a student engaging in extensive and high-level research (as will be evident...

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