International Baccalaureate (IB)
Penrith Anglican College offers the international Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programme in parallel with the HSC in Years 11 and 12. The Diploma programme is a rigorous programme of study that gives students a well-rounded education in a variety of subject areas while effectively preparing them for future study at university. The IB Diploma encourages students to become active, compassionate, lifelong learners with a global perspective, preparing them to find their place in the world and to live a life of purpose.
The Diploma programme requires students to complete six subjects from groups that cover English Literature, a foreign language, social science, physical science, Mathematics and the arts. Students also complete three compulsory components:
- Theory of Knowledge – This course investigates the nature of knowledge and encourages students to be aware of subjective biases and develops in them the ability to analyse ideas think deeply about the knowledge they are gaining in the programme.
- Extended Essay – Is the result of a significant process of personal research, involving students in the types of research and writing skills, which will be expected at university. The research topic is of their choosing.
- Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) – This component requires that students interact with a new experience in creative and performing arts, sport and community service. It encourages all students to use their energy and talents with a concern for the wider community.
The hard work and discipline required to complete the Diploma programme is greatly rewarded, with students not only achieving consistently excellent results, but finding that the Diploma programme has prepared them to think critically and deeply in all spheres of their life after school.