IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) for Hong Kong Students

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is an international educational foundation that comprises three programmes for children aged 3-19. At NTK, we offer IBMYP and IBDP courses:

  • IB Primary Years Programme (IBPYP)

    For students aged approximately 3-12

  • IB Middle Years Programme (IBMYP)

    For students aged approximately 11-16

  • IB Diploma Programme (IBDP)

    For students aged approximately 16-19

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a two-year educational programme that provides an internationally accepted secondary school qualification for students entering universities. Students may only participate if their school is a recognized IB school.

All subjects except CAS are assessed using both internal and external assessors. Students will not receive an IB Diploma, regardless of the total score obtained, if they do not complete the core requirements. The externally assessed examinations are given worldwide in May and November. Subjects finish with a standardized series of examinations, usually consisting of two or three timed written examinations.

  • Internationally based but must be taken under an IB approved school
  • Two-year programme for students Grade 11-12 or Year 12-13
  • 6 subjects taken in varying subjects with standardized final exams
  • 3 core requirements (Extended Essay / Theory of Knowledge (ToK)/Creativity, Action, Service)
  • IB Diploma awarded at completion of all requirements

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 IBDP Curriculum

Students study six subjects from six different subject groups:

  • Group 1: Studies in language and literature
  • Group 2: Language and acquisition
  • Group 3: Individuals and societies
  • Group 4: Sciences
  • Group 5: Mathematics
  • Group 6: The arts

 Students may study an additional subject from groups 1-5 instead of a group 6 subject.

Assessment: The highest score for each subject is 7 points; thus, the total maximum for all six subjects is 42 points.


Students are required to complete three core requirements:

  • Extended Essay (EE)
  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)

Assessment: Up to 3 bonus points can be awarded depending on the grades achieved in the EE and TOK, bringing the total maximum IB score to 45 points. 

The new IBDP science syllabus in 2016


What we offer: For TOK, students are assessed through their oral presentation and an academic essay. Many students feel it is a very difficult part to prepare, NTK well trained teachers can help to ease the pain!

  • English: Language & Literature (SL & HL)

    IBDP Year 1 

    Teachers will provide students with detailed information on the entire Language & Literature course. Students will learn the foundations of analysing a range of non-fiction texts, both through close reading as well as broadly examining how the text functions as a whole. Students will also be equipped with key essay writing skills such as how to write solid introductions, body paragraphs and conclusions, as well as the Point-Evidence-Explanation technique which would be relevant for Paper 1 and 2, as well as the Individual Oral Commentary. Teachers will also discuss examiner comments from previous examinations with students so that common mistakes can be avoided.

  • English: Language & Literature (SL & HL)

    IBDP Year 2

    Teachers will focus on instruction for students to practise Paper 1, which contains previously unseen passages from non-literary texts for analysis. Students are required to demonstrate their understanding of the two passages by analysing the audience, purpose, structure, language, style, text type, context, content, theme and structure. During the lesson, the teacher will provide instruction and feedback about deconstructing an unseen text and how to write a good commentary. The teacher will also review and guide students on other 2nd year products.

  • English: Literature (SL & HL)

    IBDP Year 1 

    Teachers will provide students with detailed information on the entire Literature course. Students will learn the foundations of analysing a range of literary texts, both through close reading as well as broadly examining how the text functions as a whole. Students will also be equipped with key essay writing skills such as how to write solid introductions, body paragraphs and conclusions as well as the Point-Evidence- Explanation technique which would be relevant to all assessments completed as part of the course. Examiner comments from previous examinations will also be discussed with students so that common mistakes can be avoided.

  • English: Literature (SL & HL)

    IBDP Year 2 

    Teachers will focus on instruction for students to practise Paper 1, which contains previously unseen passages from literary texts for analysis. Students are required to demonstrate their understanding of the work by exploring aspects such as content, technique, style, structure, theme and language. A good literary commentary explains the literary elements of the text, instead of summarising its content. During the lesson, the teacher will provide detailed instruction and tips on how to improve the structure of the commentary, which must focus on how the extract achieves particular effects. The teacher will also review and guide students on other 2nd year products.

  • Chinese A: Language & Literature (SL)

    IBDP Year 1 & 2

    In this course, teachers will provide students with ample mock exam questions for practice, followed by detailed comments and feedback. Lessons will cover a variety of practical writing, common literary terminologies and oral skills. We will also provide high-scoring commentary essays in order to help students achieve high scores in the exam.

  • Chinese A: Language & Literature (DBS, SPCC)

    IBDP Year 1 & 2

    This course is designed for DBS and SPCC students. In this course, teachers will provide students with ample mock exam questions for practice, followed by detailed comments and feedback. Lessons will cover a variety of practical writing, common literary terminologies and oral skills. We will also provide high-scoring commentary essays in order to help students achieve high scores in the exam.

  • Chinese A: Literature (SL)

    IBDP Year 1 & 2

    In this course, teachers will provide students with ample mock exam questions for practice, followed by detailed comments and feedback. Lessons will focus on analysis techniques and literary terminologies. High-scoring essays and supplementary writing materials will also be provided. We will cover oral exam skills and enable students to transfer their knowledge into excellent exam scores.

  • Chinese B (SL&HL)

    IBDP Year 1 & 2

    In this course, students will have sufficient past paper practice and become familiar with the features of different types of questions. Students will acquire answering techniques and review the characteristics of different text types. High scoring sentences and writing will be provided to enhance students’ writing skills. We will also discuss scoring strategies for the written assignment and oral exam. Our aim is to help students achieve high scores in the exam.

  • Mathematical Studies (SL)   

    IBDP Year 2

    This course aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of materials covered in the entire Mathematical Studies syllabus in one year course. Students will gain knowledge on these topics and will become familiar with the types of questions that appear on the exam. Students will also learn how to effectively use a graphics display calculator to solve problems.
  • Mathematics (SL & HL)

    IBDP Year 1 &Year 2

    This course aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of materials covered in the Mathematics (SL & HL) syllabus. Students will gain knowledge on these topics and will become familiar with the style of questions that appear on the exam. Students will also learn how to effectively use a graphics display calculator to solve problems which they will come across in Paper 2.

  • Biology (SL)

    IBDP Year 1 & 2

    The IB Biology Standard Level (SL) syllabus is composed of 6 core topics and 4 options topics. The 6 core topics are compulsory and students have to choose 1 out of 4 options. All 6 core topics, with the 1 option, are completed in two years and the exam is taken in either May or November. The objective of this course is to enhance the knowledge and skills of students so that they can achieve a better result in the exam for college application. In this course, students will become familiar with the syllabus and topics, as well as practice on past paper questions to learn essential strategies for each question type. They will also gain a deeper understanding of the subject that allows them to approach the exam with skill and confidence.

  • Biology (HL)

    IBDP Year 1 & 2

    The IB Biology Higher Level (HL) syllabus is composed of 11 core topics and 4 options topics. The 11 core topics are compulsory and students have to choose 1 out of 4 options. All 11 core topics, with the 1 option, are completed in two years and the exam is taken in either May or November. The objective of this course is to enhance the knowledge and skills of students so that they can achieve a better result in the exam for college application. In this course, students will become familiar with the syllabus and topics, as well as practice on past paper questions to learn essential strategies for each question type. They will also gain a deeper understanding of the subject that allows them to approach the exam with skill and confidence.

  • Chemistry (SL)

    IBDP Year 1 & 2

    The IB Chemistry SL curriculum is composed of 11 core topics. The course focuses particularly on Paper 1 and Paper 2, and experimental techniques required for the Internal Assessment. Paper 3, which covers the options, will be available as an intensive course during holiday periods. The objective of this course is to enhance the knowledge and skills of students so that they can achieve a better result in the exam for college application. In this course, students will work with an IB chemistry tutor to become familiar with the syllabus and topics, as well as practice on past paper questions to learn essential strategies for each question type. They will also gain a deeper understanding of the subject through systematic IB chemistry exam preparation, enabling them to approach the assessment with skill and confidence.

  • Chemistry (HL)

    IBDP Year 1 & 2

    The IB Chemistry HL curriculum is composed of 21 core topics. The course focuses particularly on Paper 1 and Paper 2, and experimental techniques required for the Internal Assessment. Paper 3, which covers the options, will be available as an intensive course during holiday periods in the coming academic year. The objective of this course is to enhance the knowledge and skills of students so that they can achieve a better result in the exam for college application. In this course, students will become familiar with the syllabus and topics, as well as practice on past paper questions to learn essential strategies for each question type. Working with an IB chemistry exam tutor, students will also gain a deeper understanding of the subject that allows them to approach the exam with skill and confidence.

  • Physics (SL & HL)

    IBDP Year 1 & 2

    The aim of this course is to prepare students for the IB (SL& HL) Physics exam. This course allows students to learn in an active environment following a constructivist approach and gain confidence in applying concepts relevant to the examination. Past paper questions will be provided throughout the course with specific topics selected for students to practice outside of class. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in quizzes and interactive discussions throughout the course.

  • Economics (SL & HL)

    IBDP Year 1 & 2

    This course covers the common topics of IBDP Economics (SL & HL) taught in the 1st year and 2nd year of most IB schools. The aim of this course is to provide students with a solid background in Economics. The course content will be delivered in a logical sequence for maximum learning efficiency. Students will also become familiar with exam-style questions through past paper practice.

  • Business & Management (SL & HL)

    IBDP Year 1 & 2

    This course aims to prepare 1st year and 2nd year IBDP students for the Business & Management HL / SL assessment. Students will become familiar with the exam format and consolidate their knowledge. Our instructor will help students approach exam-style questions with reference to all five topics within the syllabus (Business Organization and Environment, Human Resources, Accounts and Finance, Marketing, and Operations). At the end of the course, students will have developed and improved their case study analysis as well as exam-taking skills.

  • Geography (SL & HL)

    IBDP Year 1 & 2

    This course aims to prepare IBDP students for the Geography HL /  SL assessment. Through exam practice and case study revision, students will become familiar with the features of exam questions and acquire answering techniques. Our instructor will help students approach examstyle questions with reference to the core, optional, and global themes underlying the IBDP Geography syllabus. Though only HL students are required to study global themes, SL students can also apply the relevant knowledge to enhance their essays for both Papers 1 and 2. At the end of the course, students will have developed important skills in geographical comprehension, case study application, and essay writing.

Available upon request:

  • Chinese B: Writing / Oral
  • Further Mathematics
  • History
  • Geography

Private Lessons and Camps are also available. Please call 2577 7844 (Main campus) / 2718 3000 (Kowloon campus) or submit an online enquiry form for more details.


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