The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme

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Redhill school is a proudly innovative school, and one that believes in giving students more choices and more opportunities to excel.

Redhill School is the only school in South Africa that is in a position to offer students the choice between graduating with either an IB Diploma or IEB Senior Certificate. In other words, students now have the opportunity to choose either a local or international qualification!

Both are recognised by South African and International tertiary institutions.

What is the IB Diploma Programme?

This is an international programme, recognised by tertiary learning institutions worldwide. It is a challenging and comprehensive two-year university-preparation programme, for students in Grade 11 and 12.

The IB Diploma Programme is research-based and develops disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge. Its holistic approach means that students engage in thinking and discussion, alongside independent research and community service.

The structure of the DP (Diploma Programme) curriculum:

  • A compulsory core, comprising three components:
    • Theory of Knowledge (TOK) – a critical thinking course which explores the nature of knowledge and teaches students how to make connections across the academic disciplines.
    • The Extended Essay (EE) – an independent research project on a topic of the student’s own choice. This is assessed externally.
    • Creativity, activity, service (CAS) – students engage in a range of experiential and service learning activities to enhance their personal and interpersonal development, as well as a healthy lifestyle and a commitment to a social responsibility activity.
  • Six subject groups – students select courses from these subject groups:
    • Group 1 English A Language and Literature HL/SL or self-taught mother tongue
    • Group 2 French Ab Initio
    • Group 3 Business Management HL/SL and History HL/SL
    • Group 4 Biology HL/SL, Chemistry HL/SL and Physics HL/SL
    • Group 5 Mathematics: Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation
    • Group 6 Visual Arts (optional)

Students must take THREE Higher Level (HL) and THREE Standard Level (SL) courses together with TOK, EE and CAS.

To learn more about the Diploma Programme, read this guide: 

To learn more about the International Baccalaureate Organisation, visit their website here.

Who can apply for the IB?

Grade 10 students may apply for admission to the Programme (which they begin in their Grade 11 year), provided they are achieving at least 75% in the subjects that they plan to take on Higher Level. They must also be achieving satisfactory results in the relevant benchmarking assessments.


To find out more about the IB fee structure, please contact the IB Coordinator, Ms Michele Marnitz,

2020 admission process

Redhill students: Please note that acceptance into the IB is not automatic. Should Redhill have concerns about a student’s ability to cope with the IBDP, the IB Coordinator, Ms Michele Marnitz will set up an interview with you and your child.

Non-Redhill students: Students and their parents must register for an admission interview with our IB Diploma Programme panel. During this interview, the student’s marks, work ethic, career aspirations etc. are discussed.

Enquiries and meeting requests can be sent to: Michele Marnitz,


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