• Overview of IBDP
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

The international Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is a rigorous two-year pre- university curriculum, primarily aimed at students aged 16 to 19. It leads to a qualification that is widely recognized by leading universities and many award advanced standing or university credits for successfully completed IB diplomas and courses.Students learn more than a collection of facts.

The Diploma Programme prepares students for university and encourages them to:
  • Ask challenging questions 
  • Learn how to learn
  • Develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture
  • Develop the ability to communicate and
  • understand people from other countries and cultures (IBO, 2005)
The IBDP requires students in years 11 and 12 to select a broad range of academic subject areas in addition to developing skills in the research process and writing research papers through the Extended Essay, thinking skills through the Theory of Knowledge course and all subject areas, and life skills and community service through the CAS core element. It is these elements that define the IBDP and the Diploma students.


  • The Diploma Programme provides a well-balanced rigorous course of studies, ensuring a broad academic exposure as well as opportunities for specialization.
  • The IB curriculum is uniform in structure throughout the iBDP schools worldwide. It is possible to transfer between two schools if the same subjects and levels are offered.
  •  The IB Diploma is recognized for university entrance in over 140 countries. Individual subject examination scores, particularly Higher Level (HL) course, may be  accepted  for  advanced  placement  credits  or advanced standing by many US universities. Total points scores and individual subject results are important for university entrance and, in some instances,  IB  scholarships  or  awards  in  UK  and other European countries, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The IB examination scores are submitted for evaluation of credits during university registration.
  • Students in all IB classes are expected to take the individual subject examinations and complete the core elements of Theory of Knowledge, CAS and Extended Essay.

 The International Baccalaureate Diploma programme prepares students for the independent study required at  university.  UCS  believes  that  all  students  can benefit from the IBDP and should expect to:
  • Be motivated and work hard
  • Approach their work with a sense of purpose
  • Exercise academic integrity at all times
  • Learn from their mistakes
  • Demonstrate self-discipline and responsibility
  • Develop  good  time  management  and organizational ski
  • Learn from peers as well as teachers
  • Seek assistance when necessary to develop self-advocacy
  • Share with, and contribute to, the community
The two year Diploma provides students with a breadth and depth of rigorous academic study which prepares them for the demands of university.
Students should choose to study their special interest subjects at Higher Level. Standard level subjects complement the Higher Level choices to provide a breadth of study.
Students choose 3 Higher Level (HL) subjects and 3 Standard level (SL) subjects in consultation with the University Guidance Counselor and IBDP Coordinator. In addition to the six academic subjects, students also take a Theory of Knowledge course, complete an Extended Essay and actively participate in Creativity, Action and Service (CAS).
While students in Year 11 will begin their studies as IB Diploma students there may be individuals who will need to adjust the levels of their subjects. Adjustments will be made in consultation with the student, their teachers, parents, the University Guidance Counselor and IBDP Coordinator. If the adjustments result in fewer than 3 HL subjects the student will not be on track for an IB Diploma but will be able to take examinations in all six academic subjects and complete TOK, the Extended Essay and CAS that will be reported in university applications.
It is recommended that students identify the subjects they enjoy and wish to study further in addition to researching recognition policies and subject requirements in a selection of universities that they are interested in. The recognition policies may be found at IB website or individual university websites.
This may help guide the choice of subjects particularly for students with specific careers in mind, for example, medicine, law or engineering.
Be sure to read the course descriptions thoroughly before making any choices. Advice is available from:
  • IBDP coordinator (combinations of subjects and highers)
  • University Guidance Counselor (combinations of subjects and highers)
  • Subject teachers (subject and level of study)

Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay
Theory of Knowledge is a course on critical thinking that complements the learning in all other components of the IB Diploma. It is assessed through a presentation and written essay and is graded on a scale of A (excellent) to E (poor).
The Extended Essay (EE) is an in-depth study of a focused topic chosen from the list of approved DP subjects – normally one of the student’s six chosen subjects. It engages students in personal investigation promoting high level research and writing skills under the guidance of a supervisor (a teacher at school). Students will learn about and apply the research process and the requirements of writing and formal presentation of academic work. The EE is externally graded on a scale of A (excellent) to E (poor).
The two scores from TOK and EE are used to determine the awarding of bonus points for the IB Diploma to a maximum of 3 points which raises the highest IBDP score possible to 45 points.
Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS)

The CAS requirement is designed to be an enjoyable, yet challenging, component of the IBDP. The various activities are undertaken over 18 months of the two-year programme and students must meet specified key outcomes. UCS is using Managebac to support CAS, providing an electronic record of progress throughout the programme. The requirements of CAS must be met as part of the determination of the award of an IBDP.

Ulink College of Shanghai will be offering:

Level Group1:
Studies in Language & Literature
Group 2:
Language Acquisition
Individuals & Societies
The Arts
HL Chinese A: Language and Literature English B Business Management



Mathematics Visual Art

or other from group3 & 4
SL Chinese A: Language and Literature English B Business Management



Mathematics Visual Art

or other from group3 & 4

Each of the six academic IB subjects is graded on a point scale of 1 (minimum) to
7 (maximum). In addition the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge may contribute up to 3 bonus points, making a maximum overall score of 45 points.
6 subjects x 7 points (max.) + 3 bonus points = 45 points
Passing grades in the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge and the successful completion of Creativity, Action and Service are required for the award of the diploma regardless of the number of points from the academic subjects.
Diploma requirements
1.  The  candidate  must  achieve  at least 24 points
2.  The candidate must achieve a D or higher for both TOK and the Extended Essay
3. The candidate must complete the Creativity, Action and Service element

Failing conditions
1.  CAS requirements have not been met
2. Candidate’s total points are fewer than 24.
3.  An N (no grade) has been given for TOK, EE or for a contributing subject.
4.  A grade E has been awarded for one or both of TOK and EE.
5.  There is a grade 1 awarded in a subject/level
6.  Grade 2 has been awarded three or more times (HL or SL)
7.  Grade 3 has been awarded four or more times (HL or SL)
8.  Candidate  has  gained  fewer  than
12 points on HL subjects (for candidates who register for four HL subjects, the three highest grades count)
Note: N is awarded where there is no assessment submitted or malpractice has bee detected and proven. A case of malpractice however could eliminate all results for one subject making the candidate ineligible for the award of the diploma.

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