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International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate is a globally recognised curriculum offered in more than 5,300 schools in 158 countries.

Scotch is proud to offer the IB Primary Years and Middle Years Programmes, and the Diploma Programme for senior students.

Provoking curiosity

The IB is a curriculum that provokes curiosity and a passion for learning. It is question-orientated with a focus on skill development, steeped in current educational research. The IB ensures that students develop the skills they need to understand, retain and apply the content they use at school. The student is at the centre of this process and the teacher's aim is to intrigue, excite and inspire independence.

Developing key critical thinking skills

In 2020, the University of Oxford demonstrated that IB students develop significantly higher critical thinking skills than those undertaking a state-based equivalent curriculum.1 Research showed that the IB enhances students' ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate information.

About the IB


Where do our graduates go?

The IB Diploma is recognised by all major tertiary institutions in Australia.

Our graduates have also gone onto study internationally at esteemed universities including:

  • Cambridge University
  • Chicago College of Performing Arts
  • IE Segovia
  • Imperial College London
  • Oxford University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Washington
  • Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania)

What our families are saying

Our son recently graduated, and we are delighted to have seen our son's development through studying the IB Diploma. We feel that the IB Diploma has produced a well-rounded, articulate, organised young man.

Even in the midst of a pandemic, when he was meant to be travelling, we watched him instead settle into working for a small consulting company as a project coordinator and doing an excellent job. He has come out of high school job ready.

Our son took a route that played to his strengths. He was not a boy who achieved top results but by taking subjects that played to his interests, like Global Politics, Business Management and Design Technology, and studying a more accessible Mathematics course, it allowed him to find his way through the Diploma. His final results were easily enough to get into most courses at University of Western Australia and around the world.

We also felt he benefitted tremendously from the IB Core, particularly Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Activity and Service. CAS saw him lead a wonderful project of his own initiative, which taught him so much about communication, time-management and problem-solving, and underpinned his job-readiness.

— Katina Law, mother of Joshua Law (OSC 2019)


Our programmes

Scotch College provides three IB programmes, covering all age groups:


Primary Years Programme

The PYP is for students aged 5 to 12 and focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and the outside world.

Learn about Primary Years

Middle Years Programme

Designed for students aged 11 to 14, the MYP is grounded in academic challenge and life skills, transcending traditional school subjects.

Learn about Middle Years

Diploma Programme

Students aged 16 to 19 are eligible to undertake the Diploma. The challenging two-year curriculum provides a qualification that is welcomed by leading universities around the world.

IB Diploma students study courses from six defined subject groups, including Humanities, Sciences, Mathematics and Languages. They undertake a 4,000-word research essay; investigate the nature of knowledge, focusing on how evidence is gathered and used in a contemporary setting; and participate in creative, physical and service activities.

Learn about the Diploma

Visit our Teaching & Learning website


International standards

Scotch's programme and teaching methodologies are audited against internationally established benchmarks. The IB does not own or administer any of the schools that employ its world-renowned education programmes. Scotch College works in partnership with the IB and holds a shared commitment to providing students with the highest level of international education.


1 http://www.education.ox.ac.uk/study-suggests-ib-students-hold-an-advantage-in-critical-thinking/ 

An industry perspective

If the aim of our education system is to turn out well-rounded, inquiring, broad-thinking students, the IB does that. Business leaders who know the IB rate it highly, and it is a universal when benchmarking education.

— Richard Goyder, past Scotch parent and chairman of Qantas, the AFL and Woodside

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