International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program


Australian International School Hong Kong was granted authorisation to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) in September 2005 with the first group of graduate IBDP students completing their studies at the end of 2007.

The IB program was initially born of efforts to establish a common curriculum and university entry credential for students moving from one country to another. Whilst these factors remain relevant to the internationally-mobile student, the program has, over time, evolved into one which emphasises critical thinking, intercultural understanding and exposure to a variety of points of view.

The IBDP is an academically challenging program designed for highly motivated secondary school students aged 16 to 19. The program has earned a reputation for rigorous assessment, giving IB diploma holders access to the world’s leading universities. Students undertaking the program must demonstrate self-discipline and responsibility in pursuit of the IB diploma.

AISHK offers a varied range of IBDP subjects from which students can tailor study programs that best suit their immediate needs, personal interests and future goals. The current IB course offerings for students at AISHK are listed below.

To be awarded the IB diploma, students must satisfy the course requirements in one course from each of the six groups listed. In general, IB courses are completed over two years, with the exception of some one-year ‘anticipated’ courses. At least three and not more than four courses are taken at higher level (HL - 240 hours over two years), the others at standard level (SL - 150 hours over two years). IB examinations at AISHK are held yearly throughout the month of November.

Additionally, students must complete a Theory of Knowledge (TOK) component which is designed to foster critical reflection on students’ own knowledge and experience; a program of Creativity, Action and Service (CAS); and an extended essay of 4,000 words on a topic of personal interest.

IB Diploma Program Courses

Note: not all courses are offered each year and actual offerings are dependent on student preferences and minimum course enrolment numbers)

Group 1: Language A Group 2: Language ab initio, Language B Group 3: Individuals and Societies year)
  • English A: Language and Literature, HL and SL
  • Chinese A: Language and Literature, HL and SL
  • Chinese (Mandarin) ab initio, SL only
  • French ab initio, SL only
  • Chinese B, HL and SL
  • French B, HL and SL
  • Business & Management, HL and SL
  • Economics, HL and SL
  • History, HL and SL
  • Psychology, HL and SL
Group 4: Experimental Sciences Group 5: Mathematics Group 6: The Arts
  • Biology, HL and SL
  • Chemistry, HL and SL
  • Design Technology, HL and SL
  • Physics, HL and SL
  • Mathematical Studies, SL
  • Mathematics, SL
  • Mathematics, HL
  • Visual Arts, HL and SL
  • Music, HL and SL
  • OR one other subject from Groups 2, 3, or 4