The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a superb indicator of success in tertiary studies.  The Diploma Programme is preparing students for success in higher education and to be active participants in a Global Society.
Werribee Secondary College has been offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme since 2013.

International Baccalaureate - Education for Life

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end, the IBO works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

International Baccalaureate (IB) - Diploma Programme

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet help to create a better and more peaceful world. The following Subjects and Units are offered at Werribee Secondary College for the IB. More detailed information is available for each subject.

Click here to view the Werribee Secondary College IB brochure.

At Werribee Secondary College, the IB Diploma will provide students with:

- international recognition by universities
- compulsory breadth and depth
- a means of better catering for individual student learning differences
- a wide range of pre-tertiary skill development
- a further development of the attitude of altruism; and
- a more mobile and academically diverse student population




IB Diploma Curriculum

IB Diploma Programme students must choose one subject from each of the five groups (1 to 5), ensuring breadth of knowledge and understanding in their best language, additional language(s), the social sciences, the experimental sciences and mathematics.  Students must also choose either an arts subject from group 6, or a second subject from groups 1 to 5.

Diploma Programme subjects can be taken at higher level of standard level.

In addition to disciplinary and interdisciplinary study, the Diploma Programme features three core elements that broaden students' educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.

Subject choice requirements ensure that the science-orientated student is challenged to learn a foreign language and the natural linguist becomes familiar with the scientific processes.  While balance is maintained, flexibility is catered for with the student choosing their Higher Level subjects to pursue areas of personal interest and to meet special requirements for university entrance.

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Core Studies of the International Baccalaureate Diploma

The unique features of the IB Diploma are the three core studies that allow students to extend and enhance their learning and embrace the culture and ethos of our own attitudes and values through the depth and breadth of academic offerings and the emphasis placed on Creativity, Action and Service. In developing the role of service to the community, a sense of global humanity and tolerance is fostered, all in tune with mission statement and ideals of Werribee Secondary College.

The extended essay asks students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the Diploma Programme subjects they are studying.  The world studies extended essay option allows students to focus on a topic of global significance which they examine through the lens of at least two Diploma Programme subjects.

Theory of knowledge develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines.  In this course on critical thinking, students inquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction.

Creativity, action, service (CAS) involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme.  Creativity encourages students to engage in the arts and creative thinking.  Action seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity.  Service with the community offers a vehicle for new learning wtih academic value.  The three strands of CAS enhance students' personal and interpersonal development through experiemental learning and enable journeys of self-discovery.

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Academic Subjects

The academic subjects offered are grouped. Diploma candidates are required to select one subject from each of the six subject areas, with:
- at least three, and not more than four taken at Higher Level (HL); and
- the remaining subjects are taken at Standard Level (SL).
An HL course represents 240 teaching hours over the two-year period and an SL course represents 150 teaching hours over the two-year period.  At Werribee Secondary College were currently offer:

Group 1 - IB Literature: ENGLISH


Group 3 - IB Individuals and Societies: ECONOMICS, HISTORY, PSYCHOLOGY

Group 4 - IB Experimental Sciences: BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY


Group 6 - IB The Arts and Electives: MUSIC, VISUAL ARTS

Click here to view Academic Honesty Policy (2020)

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Click here to view Assessment Policy (2020)

Click here to view Inclusive Education and Special Educational Needs Policy (2020)

For more information about the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) and other possible subjects that may be offered based on number of student interest: Click Here