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From January 2017, ACG Senior College will offer Year 11 students a unique course that combines the best elements of two prestigious international programmes: International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).
The course begins in January 2017 and leads to dual pathways in Years 12 and 13. Successful Year 11 students will be well prepared to choose between the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and Cambridge International Examinations A Levels. Both these programmes will now begin in January. These pathways lead to globally recognised international qualifications.
"This programme builds on Senior College's CIE success and is designed for Year 11 students who are motivated to learn. It provides an excellent foundation for further study.” said ACG Senior College Associate Principal Graham Gottard. "It combines the proven attributes of the IB programme – critical thinking, global awareness, research skills and community service, with the subject choice and academic rigour of Cambridge's IGCSE. It is truly a dual pathway – one we believe to be unique in New Zealand.”
What is the key difference of the new programme?
Currently, Year 11 students choose a pathway when they enrol. The new programme will prepare students for either pathway, so they have an extra year to make a choice between CIE and the IBDP.
Why has this decision been taken?
The new Year 11 programme is progressive, comprehensive and global
in its outlook. It will incorporate and embody the best of both pathways. The advantages of the IB can be shared by students who choose Cambridge, and vice versa.
What subjects will be on offer?
Students will choose up to six subjects, including Mathematics, English and a core programme involving global perspectives, activities and service. We will also offer a larger choice of subjects, such as Sociology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Chinese, English Language, English Literature, History, Business Studies, Art and Music.
Do new students have to start in January?
The course begins in January and we encourage students to join the programme then. However, we pride ourselves on catering to individual needs, so a student who wishes to start at the school will be helped to join the programme at any time of the year.
Is there room for multi-level study?
Yes. We offer a personalised timetable at ACG Senior College that caters to the individual. Students will still be able to study subjects appropriate to their abilities.
How will students make a decision between CIE and IBDP at the end of Year 11?
We provide comprehensive personalised course counselling advice. We will help students to identify their skills and interests to ensure they join the programme best suited to their academic ability and university aspirations.
How will this affect the current IB Diploma students?
There will be no change to students already studying the IB Diploma Programme.
How will this affect the current pre IB Diploma students?
Current pre IB students will have three options:
• Begin the IB Diploma programme in January 2017 and graduate in December 2019
• Begin the IB Diploma programme in January 2018 and graduate in December 2020
• Transfer to another programme offered by ACG in January 2017
We provide all our students with personalised course counselling advice to assist them in the decision-making process and ensure that their studies are appropriate and that they are successful.