Curriculum

The curriculum consists of one course from each of six subject areas, plus a group of three core requirements, the extended essay, Theory of Knowledge, and Creativity, Action, Service (CAS). All three parts of the core are compulsory and are central to the philosophy of the Diploma Programme. The IB DP Hexagon illustrates how the program is linked together, with the core requirements at the centre.IB_DP_Core

Six Subject Areas:

Students choose courses from the following subject groups: studies in language and literature; language acquisition; individuals and societies; sciences; mathematics; and the arts. Students may opt to study an additional sciences, individuals and societies, or languages course, instead of a course in the arts.

Students will take some subjects at higher level (HL) and some at standard level (SL). HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level. Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level. Standard level subjects take up 150 teaching hours. Higher level comprises 240 teaching hours. The following subjects and levels are offered at Bilkent High School. Please discuss the combination of subjects with the IB DP Coordinator:

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature
Turkish A: HL or SL

Group 2: Language Acquisition
English A Language and Literature: HL only
English B Language Acquisition: HL only
French:  Ab Initio only

Group 3: Individuals and Societies
Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS): SL only
Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS): SL or HL
Turkey in the 20th Century (T20): SL only

Group 4: Sciences
Biology:  HL only
Physics: HL only
Chemistry: SL only

Group 5: Mathematics
Mathematics: HL or SL or Studies

Group 6: The Arts
Visual Arts (VA): HL or SL

*Please note that much of the information explained above referring to the International Baccalaureate is taken from www.ibo.org