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 question the meaning of language and texts in wider contexts


The parts of the course

  • Part 1: Language in Cultural Context
  • Part 2: Language and Mass Communication
  • Part 3: Literature – Texts and Contexts
  • Part 4: Literature – Critical Study



  • Completion of two (HL) or one (SL) Written Assignment(s)
  • Completion of two oral assessments
  • Two external examination papers

Language A: Literature (English, Indonesian)

  • for students with experience of the language and fluency or near-fluency
  • the formal study of literature for students who enjoy reading a variety of written texts


The parts of the course

  • Part 1: Works in Translation
  • Part 2: Detailed Study
  • Part 3: Literary Genres
  • Part 4: Options



  • Completion of one Written Assignment
  • Completion of three (HL) two (SL) oral assessments
  • Two external examination papers

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

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 (in the case of special request languages where no PBL is available)
  • 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.

Language Acquisition

Language B (English, Indonesian, French)

The course is for students with prior experience of learning the language. The focus is on language skills & intercultural understanding. The r equired core is:

  • Communication and media
  • Global issues
  • Social relationships

In addition there are 2 selected options.



  • Completion of one Written Assignment.
  • Completion of two oral assessments.
  • Two external examination papers.

Language AB Initio (Indonesian, Spanish)

The course is designed for language beginners. It envelops linguistic skills (listening, reading, writing, speaking) and awareness of target language cultures. It consists of three themes:

  • Individual and society
  • Leisure and work
  • Urban and rural environment



  • Completion of one Written Assignment
  • Completion of two oral assessments
  • Two external examination papers

Individuals and Societies


Students study several topics in detail.  These are:

  • Peacemaking, peacekeeping – international relations 1918-36
  • Causes, practices and effects of wars
  • Origins and development of authoritarian and single party states
  • Aspects of the History of Europe and the Middle East

– Imperial Russia, revolutions, emergence of Soviet State 1853-1924

– European diplomacy and the First World War – 1870 – 1923

– Interwar Years: Conflict and cooperation 1919-39



  • Historical investigation assignment (1500 – 2000 words)
  • (HL) Three external examination papers
  • (SL) Two external examination papers

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.



  • Internal Assessment: portfolio
  • External Assessment: 3 Examination papers (HL), 2 Examination papers (SL)

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
  • Accounts and Finance
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Business Strategy (HL)



  • Internal Assessment: Research Project
  • External Assessment: 2 Examination papers


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.
  • the internal assessment task, of 6 to 12 pages long, is on one scientific investigation.
  • evidence of participation in the trans-disciplinary Group 4 Project.


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 to 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


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

Standard Level

Topic 1 – Stoichiometry 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


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 Chemistry

Topic 20 – Organic Chemistry

Topic 21 – Measurement and Analysis

HL Chemistry students should be taking at least SL Mathematics.


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

Topics Core (SL)

Topic 1 – Mechanics

Topic 2 – Thermal Physics

Topic 3 – Wave

Topic 4 – Electricity and Magnetism

Topic 5 – Circular Motion and Gravitation

Topic 6 – Atomic, nuclear and Particle Physics

Topic 7 – Energy Production


Additional HL Topics

Topic 8 – Wave Phenomena

Topic 9 – Electromagnetic Induction

Topic 10 – Fields

Topic 11 – Quantum and Nuclear Physics


Mathematics HL

The course is for students with a good background in mathematics who are competent in a range of analytical and technical skills. They study seven topics, all of which are compulsory:

Topic 1 – Algebra

Topic 2 – Functions and Equations

Topic 3 – Circular Functions and Trigonometry

Topic 4 – Vectors

Topic 5 – Statistics and Probability

Topic 6 – Calculus


And one of the following options:

Topic 7 – Statistics and Probability

Topic 8 – Sets, Relations and Groups

Topic 9 – Series and Differential Equations

Topic 10 – Discrete Mathematics



  • Mathematical exploration: The internally assessed component in this course is a mathematical exploration. This is a short report written by the student based on a topic chosen themselves, focusing on the mathematics of that particular area.
  • 3 written examination papers

Mathematics SL

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

Topic 1 – Algebra

Topic 2 – Functions and Equations

Topic 3 – Circular Functions and Trigonometry

Topic 4 – Vectors

Topic 5 – Statistics and Probability

Topic 6 – Calculus



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

Mathematical Studies SL

The course is for students with varied backgrounds and abilities designed to build confidence and encourage an appreciation of mathematics in students who do not anticipate a need for mathematics in their future studies. They study seven topics, all of which are compulsory:

Topic 1 – Introduction to the Graphic Display Calculator

Topic 2 – Number and Algebra

Topic 3 – Sets, Logic and Probability

Topic 4 – Functions

Topic 5 – Geometry and Trigonometry

Topic 6 – Statistics

Topic 7 – Introductory Differential Calculus

Topic 8 – Financial Mathematics



  • Individual piece of work involving the collection of information or the generation of measurements, and the analysis and evaluation of the information or measurements
  • 2 written examination papers

The Arts


The course is for the specialist music student with a background in musical  performance and composition. HL students must complete all three components of the course. SL must choose between Performing and Creating.




The Theatre course gives students the opportunity to make theatre as designers, directors and performers. It emphasizes the importance of working both individually and collaboratively as part of an ensemble. Students have the opportunity to engage actively in the creative process, transforming ideas into action as inquisitive and productive artists. Students experience the course from contrasting artistic perspectives and learn to apply research and theory to inform and to contextualize their work. The theatre course encourages students to appreciate that through the processes of researching, creating, preparing, presenting and critically reflecting on theatre, they gain a richer understanding of themselves, their community and the world.


Assessment Components

  • Collaborative Project (HL and SL)
  • Directors Notebook (HL and SL)
  • Research Presentation (HL and SL)
  • 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.



  • 40% Exhibition (Practical)
  • 40% Process Portfolio
  • 20% Comparative Study