Year 10 curriculum – preparation for International Baccalaureate (IB) Course
Year 10 curriculum has been developed with a number of key objectives. These are:
a) To ensure that each student is well prepared when they commence the IB Diploma Programme in Year 11.
b) To give each student exposure to each subject so that they will make principled subject selections in the IB Diploma.
c) To provide each student with insight into real world applications of the subjects that they study.
d) To inspire the students to want to continue to study in these fields in years to come.
A comprehensive overview of the course content including assessment schedule is published on the Academy e-learning site.
Senior IB curriculum
The program has the strengths of a traditional curriculum, but with three important additional features, shown at the centre of the hexagonal curriculum model.
The IBO’s international curriculum planners seek to ensure that the organisation’s educational aims are embodied in the structure and content of the program itself.
The Diploma Programme is displayed below with six academic areas or subject groups surrounding a core of requirements. Students study these subjects concurrently. Students are exposed to the two great traditions of learning: the humanities and the sciences.
At the Queensland Academies – Health Sciences Campus, students have the option of not selecting a subject from Group 6 (the arts) but can instead choose an additional subject from either Group 3 (humanities) or Group 4 (sciences).
The IB rates each student’s performance within each subject on a scale of 1-7 and offers 3 extra points through additional assessments through Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay. Most assessments are carried out externally to ensure validity.
This means that students can achieve a total of 45 points through the Diploma with a minimum of 24 required to be awarded the Diploma.