Pre-IB Programme

The Pre-IB Programme is developed to support students entering Year 11 who wish to pursue the pre-university International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme afterwards at YCIS.

What is Pre-IB?
Pre-IB is a comprehensive and rigorous programme that prepares candidates for the two-year IB Diploma Programme. During this year students receive a well-balanced and challenging education which aims at enhancing their knowledge base and developing various skills: critical thinking, creativity, research and writing, organisation, time management, oral presentation, exam writing and independent learning skills.

Why study Pre-IB?
Yew Chung International School – Secondary has introduced the Pre-IB Programme to support students who are considering an alternative route and enter Upper Secondary international education. In some cases, students completing S3 or Form 4 may not possess the necessary skills and knowledge base. Hence, Pre-IB is developed to provide a solid base of knowledge and skills, which emulate the rigorous IB Diploma Programme to follow.

The Pre-IB Curriculum:
In Pre-IB, students will study six subject areas plus core elements that help prepare for the IB Diploma Programme.

Subject Areas
Science (students choose two subjects from Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
Individuals and Societies (students choose two subjects from Economics, Geography and History)

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)
All students must participate in CAS activities outside their normal lessons. A minimum of 15 hours in each of these components is required.

Critical Thinking / Research Project
This is an independent reflective project whose main objective is to prepare students for the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge components of the IB Diploma Programme to follow.


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