IB-Programme

IB World SchoolThe IB Diploma Programme (DP) in Lyseonpuiston lukio 

  • The IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous pre-university course of study designed for students in the 16 to 19 age range. It is a broad-based two-year course that aims to encourage students to be knowledgeable and inquiring, but also caring and compassionate. There is a strong emphasis on encouraging students to develop intercultural understanding, open-mindedness, and the attitudes necessary for them to respect and evaluate a range of points of view.
  • IB Diploma Programme students study six subjects at higher level (HL )or standard level (SL). Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5 (see below), thus ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, experimental sciences and mathematics. For the sixth subject the student chooses another subject from groups 2 to 4.


  • The subject groups
    • Language A1 (Finnish A1)
      • Language A1 is the study of literature in a student’s first language, including the study of selections of world literature.
    • Second language
      • English B
      • Swedish B
      • German ab initio
    • Individuals and Societies
      • History
      • Psychology
           or
      • Economics
    • Experimental Sciences
      • Biology
      • Physics
           or
      • Chemistry
    • Mathematics
      • Mathematical studies
      • Mathematics SL
      • Mathematics HL
  • In addition the programme has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding. These three requirements are:
    • The extended essay, with a prescribed limit of 4,000 words, offers students the opportunity to investigate a topic of individual interest and acquaints them with the independent research and writing skills expected at tertiary level.
    • Theory of knowledge (TOK) course is designed to provide coherence by exploring the nature of knowledge across all disciplines, encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives. The student is encouraged to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).
    • Creativity, action, service (CAS) programme encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service work, thus fostering their awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena. It requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately.

Studying in IB
In the pre-year, courses follow the curriculum of the national programme. The compulsory courses are taught mainly in English. IB students are required to do a lot of independent work with strict deadlines. Several assignments by the students are sent to the IB Cardiff, and to IB moderators around the world. One of the key skills for the IB students is to organize their working time effectively and maintain the necessary self-discipline. The students are required to participate actively and regularly in the daily work of the study groups. If an IB student fails to attend the required number of lessons, the IB1 student will not be promoted from IB1 to IB2, and the IB2 student will not be allowed to take part in the final examinations. A certain number of absences are considered acceptable in case of serious illness, which has to be confirmed by a doctor’s statement.

School reports
Pre-year students receive study reports five times a year, at the end of each study period. At the end of the pre-year and the IB1 year, the IB teachers evaluate the performance of each student and decide whether he or she will be promoted to the next school year. IB1 and IB2 students receive three term reports (IB1 autumn, IB1 spring and IB2 autumn). These reports are given to the students in January and June. The students also receive verbal mid-term feedback. IB2 students get a report with Predicted Grades in March and the final school report at the end of the IB2 year. In these reports the student’s progress is evaluated on the scale of 1 to 7 (1=lowest, 7=highest) with effort on the scale of C to A (C=lowest, A= highest). At the end of the IB2 year the White Cap is awarded to all IB students who have completed their IB studies with an acceptable final report.

International Baccalaureate Programme details
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a two-year pre-university course of studies for highly motivated students between the ages of 16 and 19 years. The programme, which is offered around the world, is administered by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) based in Geneva, Switzerland. Strong emphasis is placed on the ideals of international understanding and responsible world citizenship. The IB students are encouraged to become critical and compassionate thinkers. In each IB school the IB coordinator, together with the IB faculty of teachers, is responsible for the fulfilment of the requirements. The IB section at Lyseonpuiston lukio comprises three years: preparatory year (pre-IB), IB1 year and IB2 year. During the pre-year, students follow courses of the national programme to prepare for the two-year IB Diploma Programme. IB2 students take part in the world wide IB examinations, which, if successfully completed, make them eligible for the award of the IB Diploma. This Diploma is recognized by institutions of higher education all over the world. In Finland, the IB Diploma is regarded as equivalent to the Finnish Matriculation Examination.

IB Diploma
The IB Diplomas, issued by IBCA, are awarded to the students who have successfully completed their study programmes and the final examinations. The Diplomas are delivered to successful candidates in the IB Diploma Ceremony in early September. In the IB Diploma a candidate’s achievement in each subject is graded on the scale of 1 to 7. The grade is derived from two sources: internal assessment (teacher’s evaluation of the student’s work during the two IB years) and external assessment (final examination and other assignments assessed by the IB examiners). Internal assessment contributes to 20 - 50 per cent (depending on the subject), external assessment 50 – 80 % of the final grade. Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay are graded externally on the scale of E to A (E=lowest, A=highest). The two may contribute to additional 0 to 3 points in the total score. The maximum total score is therefore 6 x 7 + 3 = 45. The required minimum total score for the award of the Diploma is 24. CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) activities, which are a compulsory part of the IB curriculum, are not graded.