IB is an internationally recognised high school qualification. It is a two-year programme that focuses on developing students’ aptitude and critical thinking skills, helping them adapt to the learning environment in universities. Content of IB is broader and more difficult than that of the GCE A-levels. Students need to process very strong comprehension and writing skills to cope with the more demanding curriculum.
Students study one subject from each of the following six groups, in which at least three of them must be at the Higher level.
|Studies in Language and Literature|
|Individuals and Societies
History, Geography, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, etc
Physics, Chemistry, Biology, etc
|Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, Maths Studies, etc
Visual arts, Music, Dramatic arts or any third language
Apart from the academic studies, students are also required to complete a research report as well as taking part in extra-curricular activities and community services:
|Extended Essay (EE)
4000-word essay on a self-selected topic.
|Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
1200 to 1600-word essay on a specified topic.
|Creativity, Action and Service (CAS)
Minimum obtainment is pass.
Maximum mark of each subject is 7. With 3 extra marks from EE and TOK, full mark is 45.
IB obtainment can be compared to that of the GCE A-levels:
|Annual Tuition & Accommodation Cost|
|Boarding School||HK$290K - 490K|
|State College||HK$120K - 160K|
|Independent College||HK$260K - 400K|
|HK Student||China Student|
|Completed F.5||Completed F.4 or F.5, with satisfactory result|