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International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

Explanation of Course Selection for an IB Diploma
  • A student wishing to do a full IB Diploma must take a total of 6 courses at TAS, plus Theory of Knowledge and complete the Extended Essay and Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) requirement (explained below).
  • Students take Theory of Knowledge (TOK) in 11th and 12th grades
  • A student must take one course from each of the first five subject groups, the 6th course may be from the 6th group (Arts) or a student may do a second courses from groups 2, 3, or 4.
  • A student must take a minimum of 3 Higher Level (HL) and 3 Standard Level (SL) course, or maximum of 4 HL and 2 SL courses.
IB Groups and Courses Taught at TAS

Group 1 Language A1 (The language the school teaches in)

English Literature HL
English Literature SL
Chinese Language and Literature HL
Chinese Language and Literature SL

Group 2 Language A2 (Second Language, B or AB Initio*)

Chinese B HL
Chinese B SL
Chinese B Ab Initio SL
Spanish B HL
Spanish B SL
Spanish Ab Initio SL
French B HL
French B SL
French Ab Initio
Japanese SL
Japanese Ab Initio
Latin SL
Latin HL
Greek SL
Greek HL

Group 3 Social Studies

History SL
History of the Americas HL
Psychology SL
Psychology HL
Philosophy SL
Philosophy HL
International Relations SL

Group 4 Sciences

Biology HL
Biology SL
Chemistry HL

Group 5 Math

Maths Calculus HL
Maths SL
Math Studies SL

Group 6 The Arts

Visual Arts HL
Visual Arts SL
Dance HL
Dance SL
Film SL
Film HL

The Extended Essay

A 4000 word research essays complete as part of the diploma. This independent research paper is done with guidance from a faculty advisor. Students choose a topic and a teacher "advises" them through the essay. The essay is assigned second semester of the first year in the IB diploma program and is due the following year. TOK and the extended essay combine to give students up to 3 points on their final IB diploma score.

Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS)

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is at the heart of the Diploma Program. It is one of the three essential elements in every student’s Diploma Program experience. It involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Program. The three strands of CAS, which are often interwoven with particular activities, are characterized as follows.

  • Creativity: arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking.
  • Activity: physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the Diploma Program.
  • Service: an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student. The rights, dignity and autonomy of all those involved are respected.

Officially CAS is completed during both years of the 2 years of the diploma program. It is not a one off activity like an internship for a summer, or a trip through some organization during summer holidays. Student should do a variety of activities over the 2 years, write reflections of these activities in a portfolio, and meet with the CAS supervisor to complete the CAS requirement.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

A course that teaches the thoughtful and purposeful inquiry into different ways of knowing, and into different kinds of knowledge, TOK is composed almost entirely of questions. The most central of these is “How do we know?” Students taking TOK should become aware of the interpretative nature of knowledge, including personal ideological biases, regardless of whether, ultimately, these biases are retained, revised or rejected.