Studies in Language and Literature

Language A: Language and Literature (English, Indonesian)

  • For students with experience of the language and fluency or near-fluency.
  • Encourages students to examine a wide range of literary and non-literary texts in order to investigate the nature of language itself and the ways in which it shapes and is influenced by culture and identity.

The three Areas of Exploration:

  • Readers, Writers, & Texts: Examines choices made by authors and how meaning is communicated.
  • TIme & Space: Examines how cultural contexts affect language, identity, and reception.
  • Intertextuality: Examines the connections between and among literature, media, text and audience.

Assessment from 2021

  • Completion of one Written Assignment (HL).
  • Completion of one oral assessment (SL/HL).
  • Two external examination papers (SL/HL).

Language and Literature Syllabus  

School Supported Self-Taught Language A (SL)

The Self-Taught Language A course is an option we as a school strongly encourage given the importance of mother tongue development. We agree with the IB that “Language is integral to exploring and sustaining personal growth and cultural identity; it is closely linked to the development of a healthy self-esteem and emotional well-being, both of which are necessary for successful learning to take place. Maintaining and developing the mother tongue of all learners is especially important in this respect.”

The student is rewarded with the prestigious IB Bilingual Diploma, if he/she completes two languages selected from Group 1 with the award of a grade 3 or higher.

The school commits to assist the student in setting up a programme of studies, and finding a suitable tutor. However, it is the responsibility of the family to contract a tutor who can guide the student through the programme; the cost for this will be borne by the family above and beyond the regular BIS tuition fees. The ideal tutor is someone who is familiar with the Diploma Programme, or someone who teaches literature at high school or university level. If there is no well-qualified tutor locally, the family may contract a tutor who is willing to work with the student online (perhaps teaching at an IB school in the home country).

  • Provide suggestions for works of literary value 
  • Provide the student with mother-tongue guidance (discussion of content, language, conventions, structure, and so on) for the various parts of the course of studies.
  • Set and provide feedback on mock examinations, and on practice papers or orals.
  • Maintaining contact with the supervisor and regularly providing information on the student’s progress. As this is a self-taught course, the school will be unable to provide a report grade and comment on a regular basis for the language studied. The school will, however, provide feedback on student study habits and work progress, based on observation/discussion with the student; together with any acquired information from the tutor.


The overall course objectives and assessment tasks for the independent self-taught course, are the same as the taught Language A Language & Literature course.

  • Completion of one oral assessment.
  • Two  external examination papers.

Language Acquisition

Language B (Indonesian, French, Pamoja Online)

The course is for students with prior experience of learning the language. The focus is on language skills & intercultural understanding. There are 5 themes being discussed during the 2 years course:

  • Identity
  • Experiences
  • Social Organisation
  • Sharing the planet
  • Human Ingenuity


  • Completion of one individual oral assessment (SL/HL).
  • Two external examination papers (SL/HL): 
    • Paper 1 Writing
    • Paper 2 Reading and Listening comprehension

French B Syllabus  

Indonesian B Syllabus   

Language ab initio (Spanish) (SL)

The course is designed for students with no prior exposure to Spanish. The focus is on language skills & intercultural understanding. There are 5 themes being discussed during the 2 years course:

  • Identities.
  • Experiences.
  • Human Ingenuity.
  • Social Organization.
  • Sharing the planet


  • Completion of an individual oral assessment.
  • Two external examination papers: 
    • Paper 1: Writing
    • Paper 2: Reading and Listening comprehension

Spanish Ab Initio Syllabus   

Pamoja Online

Students have the option to take their Group 2 subject through Pamoja. There are a number of options which include a second Language A, a Language B or a Language B ab initio course. Further details are available on the pamoja website.

Individuals and Societies

Business Management

The course examines business decision-making processes and how these decisions impact on and are affected by internal and external environments:

  • Business Organization and Environment
  • Human Resources
  • Finance and Accounts
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management


  • Internal Assessment:
    • Written commentary  (SL)
    • Research project (HL) 
  • External Assessment: 2 Examination papers (SL/HL) 

Business Management Syllabus  


The course will enable students to develop an understanding of microeconomic and macroeconomic theories and concepts and their real world application. HL Economics students should be taking at least SL Mathematics. Topics covered during the course are:

  • Microeconomics (Demand, Supply and Market equilibrium, Elasticities, The role of government in Microeconomics, Market failure – Externalities, Economics of the Environment (HL only), Market failure – Public goods, Asymmetric information and Market power (HL only) 
  • Macroeconomics (Measuring economic activity, Aggregate Demand and Aggregate Supply, Macroeconomic objectives (Low Inflation, Low Unemployment, Economic Growth, Fair distribution of income), Economics of Inequality and Poverty, Fiscal policy, Monetary policy, Supply side policies
  • The global economy (Benefits of international trade, Types of trade protection, Arguments for and against trade controls/protection, Economic integration, Exchange rates, Balance of payments, Sustainable development, Measuring development, Barriers to Development, Economic growth and/or economic development strategies

Assessment from 2022

  • Internal Assessment: three commentaries based on different units of the syllabus (SL/HL)
  • External Assessment: 3 Examination papers (HL), 2 Examination papers (SL)

Economics Syllabus  


Students study several topics in detail including:

  • The Move to Global War [Paper 1]
    •  Japanese expansion in East Asia (1931-41)
    •  German and Italian expansion (1933-40)
  • Authoritarian States (20th Century) [Paper 2]
  • Causes and Effects of 20th Century Wars [Paper 2]
  • History of Europe [Paper 3]
    • Imperial Russia, Revolutions and the Establishment of the Soviet State [1855-1924]
    • Europe and the First World War [1871-1918]
    • Versailles to Berlin: Diplomacy in Europe [1919-45]


  • Internal Assessment: A historical investigation of 2,220 words (SL/HL)
  • External Assessment: 3 Examination papers (HL), 2 Examination papers (SL)

History Syllabus  


All Science Programmes have a strong focus on providing experimental evidence for the phenomena and concepts studied. Experimental work is carried out both individually and in small groups.

As part of this process, students will:

  • Consider science in its international context.
  • Appraise the importance of communication and collaborative work in science.
  • Acquire a body of concepts and skills for solving scientific problems.
  • Develop an enquiring, investigative attitude.
  • Evaluate and design experimental procedures.
  • Develop the skills to analyze, synthesize and evaluate scientific information.
  • Consider the ethical / moral, social, economic and environmental implications of scientific change.
  • Develop an understanding and critical appraisal of the scientific method.
  • Utilize information technology as a scientific tool.


  • Three written examination papers (SL/HL)
  • The internal assessment task, of 6 to 12 pages long, is on one scientific investigation (SL/HL)
  • Evidence of participation in the trans-disciplinary Group 4 Project (SL/HL)

The Group 4 Project

This is a collaborative learning experience where all Group 4 students will, plan, carry out and evaluate a project.

An individual contribution to the team effort, the ability to be self motivated and show perseverance as well as being able to self reflect on the project’s success are all qualities Group 4 students should demonstrate.


The students study the following topics, all of which are compulsory:

Standard Level

Topic 1 Cell Biology

Topic 2 Molecular Biology 

Topic 3 Genetics

Topic 4 Ecology

Topic 5 Evolution and Biodiversity 

Topic 6 Human Physiology

Higher Level

Topic 7 Nucleic Acids

Topic 8 Metabolism, Cell Respiration and Photosynthesis 

Topic 9 Plant Biology

Topic 10 Genetics and Evolution 

Topic 11 Animal Physiology


All students select and study one of the following options at either Standard or Higher Level:

Option A Neurobiology and behaviour 

Option B Biotechnology and bioinformatics

Option C Ecology and conservation

Option D Human physiology

Biology Syllabus  


The students study the following topics, all of which are compulsory:

Standard Level

Topic 1 Stoichiometric relationships 

Topic 2 Atomic structure

Topic 3 Periodicity

Topic 4 Chemical bonding and structure 

Topic 5 Energetics/thermochemistry 

Topic 6 Chemical kinetics

Topic 7 Equilibrium 

Topic 8 Acids and bases 

Topic 9 Redox processes

Topic 10 Organic chemistry 

Topic 11 Measurement and data processing

Higher Level

Topic 12 Atomic structure

Topic 13 The periodic table – the transition metals 

Topic 14 Chemical bonding and structure

Topic 15 Energetics/thermochemistry 

Topic 16 Chemical kinetics

Topic 17 Equilibrium 

Topic 18 Acids and bases Topic 19 Redox processes

Topic 20 Organic chemistry

Topic 21 Measurement and analysis


All students select and study one of the following options at either Standard or Higher Level:

Option A Materials

Option B Biochemistry

Option C Energy

Option D Medicinal chemistry

Chemistry Syllabus  

Environmental Systems and Societies

The IB ESS (SL) course focuses on the following topics:

Topic 1— Foundations of environmental systems and societies

Topic 2—Ecosystems and ecology

Topic 3—Biodiversity and conservation

Topic 4—Water and aquatic food production systems and societies

Topic 5—Soil systems and terrestrial food production systems and societies

Topic 6—Atmospheric systems and societies

Topic 7—Climate change and energy production

Topic 8—Human systems and resource use

Topics 1 and 8 are taught as integral throughout the whole course. That means that although there are some specialized lessons, systems approach and values analysis is a huge part of this course.

ESS Syllabus  


The students study the following topics, all of which are compulsory:

Standard Level

Topic 1 Measurement and uncertainty

Topic 2 Mechanics 

Topic 3 Thermal physics 

Topic 4 Oscillations and waves

Topic 5 Electricity and magnetism 

Topic 6 Circular motion and gravitation

Topic 7 Atomic, nuclear and particle physics
Topic 8 Energy production

Higher Level

Topic 9 Wave phenomena 

Topic 10 Fields

Topic 11 Electromagnetic induction

Topic 12 Quantum and nuclear physics 


All students select and study one of the following options at either Standard or Higher Level:

Option A Relativity

Option B Engineering physics

Option C Imaging

Option D Astrophysics

Physics Syllabus  


Mathematics Analysis & Approaches SL & HL

The course is for students with a solid background in mathematics who are competent in a range of analytical and technical skills in mathematics. They can choose either SL or HL to study five topics, all of which are compulsory:

Topic 1 Number and Algebra

Topic 2 Functions

Topic 3 Geometry and Trigonometry 

Topic 4 Statistics and Probability

Topic 5 Calculus 


  • Mathematical Exploration (Internal Assessment): The internally assessed component in this course is a mathematical exploration. This is a 6-12 page long essay focusing on the mathematics of the interest area chosen by the students. Both SL and HL students must complete and submit Mathematical Exploration. 
  • For SL students, 2 written examination papers. For HL students, 3 written examination papers.

Math A & A Course Syllabus  

Mathematics: Applications and interpretation SL

The course is for students who already possess knowledge and application of basic mathematical concepts and techniques. They study five topics, all of which are compulsory:

Topic 1 Number and algebra

Topic 2 Functions

Topic 3 Geometry and trigonometry 

Topic 4 Statistics and probability

Topic 5 Calculus


  • Mathematical exploration: The emphasis is on mathematical communication, with accompanying commentary, good mathematical writing and thoughtful reflection.
  • Two written examination papers.

The Arts


The course is for the specialist music student with a background in music theory, performance and composition. Throughout the course, students embody three roles: the researcher, the creator and the performer. In these roles, they inquire, create, perform and reflect on the course’s three musical processes:

  • Exploring Music in Context (HL/SL)
  • Experimenting with Music (HL/SL)
  • Presenting Music (HL/SL)
  • The Contemporary Music-Maker (HL)


Theatre is a subject that encourages discovery through practical experimentation, risk-taking and the presentation of ideas. The IB DP Theatre course is multifaceted and gives students the opportunity to actively engage in theatre as creators, designers, directors and performers via three core areas of study, namely theatre in context, presenting theatre and theatre processes. It emphasizes working both individually and collaboratively as part of an ensemble.


  • Collaborative Project (SL/HL)
  • Directors Notebook (SL/HL) 
  • Research Presentation (SL/HL) 
  • Solo Theatre (HL only) 

Visual Arts

The course is a combination of practical (studio) work driven by research and investigation about the themes, styles and techniques of art from a variety of cultures and time periods. The course is designed to prepare students who wish to study visual arts in higher education, as well as welcoming those students who wish to pursue creative approaches in their overall course of study.


Higher Level and Standard Level

Whether the students choose to work at Higher Level or Standard level, the course consists of three components, all of which are compulsory:

  • Exhibition
  • Process Portfolio
  • Comparative Study

The difference between option A and B is the amount of evidence and time that is required to fulfill the course requirements for either option.


  • Exhibition (SL/HL)
  • Process Portfolio (SL/HL)
  • Comparative Study (SL/HL)

Visual Art Syllabus