Founded in 1968, the IB Diploma is a diploma programme conducted by International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), a non-profit educational foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland. However, the office that manages the examination affairs and the curriculum (IBCA) is located in Cardiff, United Kingdom.
Kolej MARA Seremban(KMS) is authorized to offer the IB Diploma Programme since April 2005. There are three main medium of instructions for this program, namely English, French and Spanish. However, in KMS, the programme is taught in English.
Students selected to KMS, upon fulfilling the requirements, will further their studies abroad in one of the fields from Medicine, Dentistry, Applied Science and Pharmacy.
Over the course of the two-year programme, students:
- study six subjects chosen from the six subject groups
- complete an Extended Essay
- follow a Theory of Knowledge course (TOK)
- participate in Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS).
The 6 subject groups
Please note that students are to take 3 compulsory HL (Higher Level) subjects. These must be subjects of their major.
- Language A (Malay: Literature)
- Language B (English)
- Social Sciences
- Business & Management
- Information Technology in a Global Society
- Experimental Sciences
- Visual Arts
In addition, the programme has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding.
Theory of Knowledge is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).
The Extended Essay or (EE) is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.
Creativity, Activity and Service requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately.
The IB Diploma Programme utilizes a points grading system, with the maximum amount of points being 45. A full guide on the IB grading system can be referred to here.
The minimum points required to qualify for the diploma is 24 points, however, for students under the MARA sponsorship programme, a minimum of 35 points must be achieved to qualify for sponsorship for the first degree programme.