International Baccalaureate

What is the International Baccalaureate?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is an internationally recognised two year course of study for Year 11 and 12 students preparing them to proceed on to tertiary education and for life after school. It is a sought after diploma which qualifies students for entry into both Australian and overseas universities.

The IB Diploma emphasises high academic standards, critical thinking, intercultural understanding and respect for others. Its broad curriculum ensures students are provided with a range of skills and knowledge to equip them well for the complex and global community in which they live. Since the late 1960s, the programme has:

  • Provided an internationally recognised curriculum that balances subject breadth and depth and considers the nature of knowledge across disciplines through the unique Theory of Knowledge
  • Encouraged international mindedness in IB students, founded in an understanding of their own culture.
  • Developed a positive attitude to learning that ensures students are well prepared for university education. 
  • Gained a reputation for its rigorous external assessment with published global standards, making this qualification sought after by universities worldwide.
  • Emphasised the development of the whole student – physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.

The course is designed and administered by the IB Organisation (IBO), based in Geneva, Switzerland and examined by an international Body of Examiners representing many cultures and countries.

The IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who can help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the IB works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

Admission to Townsville Grammar School automatically allows possible admission to the IB Diploma Programme in Year 11 and 12. All students in Year 10 are able to be admitted to the IB DP. 

What are the requirements of the IB Diploma?

Students must study six IB subjects from the six subject groups.

Students are required to select a minimum of three subjects and a maximum of four subjects of the six subjects at the Higher Level. Irrespective of the subject level of the subject, the results are awarded on a 1- 7 scale. Students also need to complete the following core elements to a satisfactory standard.

  • Extended Essay (EE).
  • Theory of Knowledge (ToK).
  • Creativity, Action, Service (CAS).

At TGS we aim to offer the following subjects (dependant on demand and viability)

Group One: Studies in Language and Literature
The student’s native language.
English A: Language and Literature HL + SL.

Group Two: Second Language (Language Acquisition)
Spanish ab initio SL, French B SL + HL and Japanese B SL + HL
Ab initio is a ‘new’ language that has not been studied in the two years prior to entering the IB programme.

Group Three: Individuals and Society
Psychology HL + SL, Economics HL + SL

Group Four: Experimental Sciences
Chemistry HL + SL, Biology HL + SL, Physics HL+SL

Group Five: Mathematics
Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches HL+SL

Group Six: The Arts and Electives*
(Depending on demand and viability)
Theatre HL + SL, Music HL + SL, Visual Art HL + SL - or a second subject from Group 4 (usually Chemistry)

Unrivalled Excellence

Townsville Grammar School is renowned for its unrivalled academic outcomes in North Queensland. 

International Baccalaureate at Townsville Grammar School

International Baccalaureate Scholarship 

Townsville Grammar School offers an International Baccalaureate Scholarship. Students undertaking the IB Diploma Programme in Year 11 the following year are encouraged to apply.  Click here for more information. The closing date for the Year 11 2019 IB Scholarship is Thursday, 16 August 2018. 

More information?

For further information about the International Baccalaureate and its programmes, visit

International Baccalaureate Co-ordinator
Ms Katie Watson
P: (07) 4722 4921


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North Ward Campus
45 Paxton Street
Townsville QLD 4810
(07) 4722 4900

Annandale Campus
1 Brazier Drive
Annandale QLD 4814
(07) 4412 4800

North Shore Campus
Erskine Place
Burdell QLD 4818
(07) 4412 6600


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