Secondary Years - Grade 11 - 12 (Ages 16-18)

Preparing students for success in further education as Global Citizens

GEMS World Academy (Singapore) offers an academically demanding and balanced programme of education that helps pre­pare students for success at university and life beyond. Students pursue advanced work in subjects of particular interest while maintaining a broad and balanced education. 

GEMS (Singapore) is the first and only international school in Singapore authorised to offer the IB Diploma Programme (DP) (50 subjects) and the IB Career-related Programme (CP), in partnership with Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

This enables us to offer students the full set of academic and career-related IB options, taught by highly experienced teachers that love to encourage and inspire. As a result, your child will embark on an exhilarating and inspiring journey, attaining the highest possible standards and potentially enjoying a future at some of the world’s most prestigious universities.

To learn more about University Planning and Graduation & University Destinations at GEMS World Academy (Singapore) visit our pages.




The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and highly regarded qualification recognised and accepted by many of the top universities around the world. In addition, international benchmark testing provides data for the improvement of academic performance.

The IB Diploma Programme encompasses an in-depth study of six major subjects:

  • three subjects at Higher Level (HL) (240 teaching hours)
  • three subjects at Standard Level (SL) (150 teaching hours)

This allows students to pursue advanced work in subjects of particular interest while maintaining a broad and balanced education.

The sixth subject may be an arts subject chosen from group 6, or the student may choose another subject from groups 1 to 5.

Course duration (months): 9.3 months

In addition to the six required courses, candidates for the DP take a course in Theory of Knowledge, write a 4000-word Extended Essay, and complete a Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) programme.

DP Students who successfully complete two Language A courses can be awarded a Bilingual Diploma.

DP Subjects

GEMS Singapore Diploma students select courses from the following subject groups to fulfil IB programme requirements and GEMS (Singapore) graduation requirements.

DP students must choose one course from each of five subject groups delivering a breadth of knowledge and understanding in their best language, additional language(s), individuals and societies, the sciences and mathematics.

Furthermore, students must also choose either an art course from the arts group or a second course from one of the other subject groups.



We offer a total of 50 subjects

                   Group 1 – Language A             Group 2 – Language Acquisition           Group 3 – Individuals & Societies
  • English Literature (SL/HL)
  • English Language and Literature (SL/HL)
  • Language A Self taught (SL)*
  • Chinese Literature (SL/HL)
  • French Literature (SL/HL)
  • Japanese A (SL/HL)


  • Mandarin Ab Initio (SL)
  • Spanish Ab Initio (SL)
  • French Ab Initio (SL)
  • Spanish B (SL/HL)
  • French B (SL/HL)
  • Chinese B (SL/HL)
  • English B (SL/HL)
  • History (SL/HL)
  • Economics (SL/HL)
  • Environmental Systems and Societies (SL, Group 3 or 4)
  • Business Management (SL/HL)
  • Psychology (SL/HL)
           Group 4 – Experimental Sciences                     Group 5 – Mathematics               Group 6 – Arts and Electives
  • Biology (SL/HL)
  • Chemistry (SL/HL)
  • Physics (SL/HL)
  • Environmental Systems and Societies (SL, Group 3 or 4)
  • Sports, exercise and health science (SL/HL)
  • Design Technology (SL/HL)
  • Maths (SL/HL)**
  • Mathematics: analysis and approaches (SL/HL)***
  • Mathematics: applications and interpretation (SL)***


  • Visual Arts (SL/HL)
  • Theatre (SL/HL)

Students are able to take this subject offering in lieu of any Language A subjects should GEMS World Academy (Singapore) not offer the language of your choice
** Last last examination will take place in May 2020
*** First examination will take place in May 2021


DP Core

During the two year program, all students must undertake an Extended Essay, attend a Theory of Knowledge class and participate in Creativity, Activity and Service activities.

Students who do not complete the requirements of the programme core cannot be awarded an IB Diploma.

Theory of knowledge (TOK) is a course about critical thinking and inquiring into the process of knowing, rather than about learning a specific body of knowledge. TOK is a course centred around the question “How do we know” and encourages students to see the value of that question. It plays a special role in the DP by providing an opportunity for students to reflect on the nature of knowledge.

The extended essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, culminating in a 4000-word paper. Emphasis is placed on the research process, formulation of a research question, personal engagement and on the communication of ideas and development of the argument.

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is at the heart of the DP, involving students in a range of activities that take place alongside their academic studies. Students are involved in a range of activities beyond the academic classroom.

The component’s three strands are characterised as follows:

  • Creativity—exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance. This may include visual and performing arts, digital design, writing, film, culinary arts and crafts.
  • Activity—physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle. Pursuits may include individual and team sports, dance, outdoor recreation, fitness training, and any other form of physical exertion that purposefully contributes to a healthy lifestyle.
  • Service—community and social service activities.

DP Assessment

Students take written examinations at the end of the programme which is marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.

The marks awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). Students can also be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results on the theory of knowledge and the extended essay.

The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and to satisfactory participation in the creativity, activity, service requirement.

The highest total that a DP student can be awarded is 45 points.

Click here for more information about DP assessment.

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The Career-related Programme (CP) is a framework of international education that incorporates the vision and educational principles of the IB into a unique programme specifically developed for students who want greater career-related learning. The programme leads to further/higher education, apprenticeships or employment.

The CP combines the highly regarded and academically challenging courses from the IB Diploma Programme (DP) with practical, real-world approaches to learning. All of the elements of the CP help students develop the communication, personal, and academic skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

Why CP?

  • combines academic subjects with professional interests
  • encourages critical thinking and creativity in real-world situations
  • helps students to effectively work independently and in collaboration with others
  • opens new perspectives and a sense of international-mindedness
  • develops greater self-confidence and self-awareness through study

Launch your aviation career with GEMS World Academy (Singapore) in partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Take advantage of university-level courses and credits in Aeronautics, Aeronautical Engineering and Aviation Business Administration with  Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and complete your university Freshman Year while still at High School with the GEMS/Embry-Riddle IB Career-related Programme. Click here to find out more.

Design your Creative career with GEMS World Academy (Singapore) in partnership with Savannah College of Arts Design

Now it is possible for international school students in Singapore to complete their University Freshman Year before leaving secondary school. The unique partnership of GEMS World Academy (Singapore) and Savannah College of Arts & Design (SCAD) provides freshman courses and credits, accelerating progress towards your career in anything from Fine Art and Industrial Design to User Experience. Click here to find out more. 

CP Assessment

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