IBDP (Years 12 – 13)

IBDP: 16 – 17+ YEAR OLDS


The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) enjoys a very high level of respect and recognition among the world’s higher education institutions. For students, success in the IBDP often results in advanced standing, course credit, scholarships or other admissions-related benefits at many universities. Today, over 4,500 schools worldwide offer IB programmes.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is widely recognised as one of the world’s most challenging educational programmes. It focuses on academic, personal and social development and is globally recognized by universities for the holistic and rigorous education it provides.


The nature of the IBDP enables students to develop the core skills required for success at university while the universities themselves say that IBDP students are ahead of their peers when they begin their tertiary studies. In particular, this is because their research skills allow them to cope better with university coursework while the critical thinking skills they have developed help them prepare for the skills they will need in the workforce and civic life.

Students who have graduated from the IBDP are able to access the world’s leading universities. The IBDP is recognised globally, including by world-class universities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the Americas, Europe and Asia.


To read more about SJIIM’s 2018 IBDP result accomplishments, visit https://www.sji-international.edu.my/first-cohort-of-sjiim-students-celebrate-outstanding-ibdp-results/


The core requirements are firstly, a 4000-word Extended Essay on a research subject of the student’s own choice; secondly, Theory of Knowledge which is a course designed to encourage students to think, evaluate and question the knowledge they have and thirdly, participation in “CAS” comprising of Creativity (e.g. involvement in performances, exhibitions, concerts), Activity (e.g. involvement in sports teams, learning new sports, expeditions) and Service (e.g. involvement in community service projects).

The subjects must be selected as follows, one from each of the following six groups:

1. Studies in Language and Literature

Language A: Literature – This is usually taken in the first language of the student or the language in which the student is most competent.


Language A: Language and Literature – This may or may not be taken in the first language of the student or the language in which the student is most competent, but will be taken in a language of which the student has a good command. The student will be a native or near native speaker.

2. Language Acquisition

Language B – This is a foreign language, which the student has previously studied, and which offers the opportunity for them to build and develop existing skills and knowledge.


Language ab initio – This is a foreign language that the student has never previously studied, or has limited experience in, which reflects their aims and interests.

3. Individuals and Societies (the “Humanities”)

4. Sciences

5. Mathematics

6. The Arts – This may be Music, Visual Arts OR may be another subject selected from one of the above groups. At SJII Malaysia this will mean another subject from Groups 3 or 4 (please note that students cannot take two Mathematics subjects). A typical student timetable will consist of eight lessons per day i.e. 40 lessons per week (of which approximately eight will be study periods). Each student also has access to a wide range of extracurricular activities and the opportunity to initiate and be involved in various project as well as to become involved in leadership initiatives within the school.


The IB Diploma is a rigorous and demanding academic course. We need to be sure therefore that students will be able to cope with its demands.

In accordance with the school’s Admissions Policy, students wishing to enter the school should display the following attributes:

  • Academic ability: SJI International Malaysia is a high achieving academic school. As such, we expect all students to meet certain minimum academic levels, as shown by both their results in our own admissions assessments and their previous school report grades.
  • An ability to access the curriculum in English
  • A positive attitude to learning
  • The ability to benefit from a high achieving environment
  • Willingness to participate fully in all that the school has to offer

Prospective students will attend an interview with the Principal. The students’ qualifications will be taken into consideration and they will be required to take English, Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning tests. If a student is an overseas applicant, these tests can be administered at the student’s current school.

We take a holistic approach to our admission process and we value what a student is involved with outside the classroom, as well as their academic grades. The interview is a key part of their admissions process.

All Senior School students will be members of the SJII Malaysia community and all will be expected to make a substantial contribution to it. All students will participate actively in the life of the school beyond the classroom and display an evident degree of constructive energy.

For information about the IBDP subjects offered, please click on the links below: