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

TOK: 'truth' in literary non-fiction 21 August 2021

What do we mean by truth and reality in literature?Below are some suggested questions to get students thinking about literary...

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) 31 July 2021

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

The TOK exhibition: literary objects 31 July 2021

Literary 'objects' for the TOK exhibition For this assessment, students need to choose one of the given IA prompts, which...

The Things They Carried 31 July 2021

The Things They Carried and TOKWithin the text O’Brien deliberately blurs the lines between fiction and reality, telling...

The Extended Essay 16 November 2016

Writing the Extended Essay is (or should be) a very important part of a student's diploma experience, and certainly one...

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