International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme
The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers four highly respected programmes that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.
IB Students at University
Research shows that IB students are more likely than their peers to succeed in higher education and IB enjoys a high level of respect among the world’s higher education institutions.
Prem IB Programmes
We are authorized to offer all four IB programmes: the Primary Years Programme, the Middle Years Programme, the Diploma Programme and the Career-related Programme.
Benefits of the IB
Why the IB is Different
Learning to Learn
Continuum of Four Programmes
Research in IB Education
Whether conducted in collaboration with the IB or independently, research generally suggests that an IB education has a positive impact on schools, students and teachers.Global key findings [33 KB]
Studies in Asia-Pacific [143 KB]
Key findings: programme specific
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Programme impact studies investigate the impact of International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes on teachers, schools and students.
- Studies on the Primary Years Programme (PYP)
- Studies on the Middle Years Programme (MYP)
- Studies on the Diploma Programme (DP)
- Studies on the Career-related Programme (CP)
- Studies examining more than one IB programme
The studies aim to improve education. By examining the qualities and characteristics of schools, students and teachers, programme impact research helps both the IB and external organizations better understand the value of an IB education.
In order to make improvements, the International Baccalaureate (IB) conducts programme development research. These studies support the review of curricula across the IB’s programmes, improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning, and explore initiatives, strategies and challenges encountered by schools, students and teachers. Programme development research in the:
The studies discuss a range of topics, including international mindedness, student wellbeing, transdisciplinarity, and language policies. These studies are published in a range of formats, in order to approach the question of programme development and the review of curricula.
Programme Development Research Areas
- Fostering curriculum implementation, by exploring and analyzing educational innovation and initiatives, strategies, challenges and lessons learned through enhancing the implementation of the IB’s four programmes in diverse school contexts and developing timely resources for the effectiveness of teaching and learning.
- Supporting the continuum of the programmes, by investigating theory and practice of curriculum alignment and articulation to support learning continuum between and across the four programmes.
- Responding proactively to potentials of and challenges for students in the 21st century, by examining initiatives in cultivating international-mindedness and how it relates to students’ development towards holistic individuals, lifelong learners, and global citizens.
- Building research capacity for curriculum development, by providing research training to sustain research competences and thus rigorous educational research throughout the continuous curriculum development process of the four programmes.
What is an IB Education?
The Value of IB Education
About IB Programmes
Primary Years Programme (PYP)
Middle Years Programme (MYP)
- An international curriculum drawing on current pedagogy
- Subject groups linked by conceptual understandings and areas of interaction
- Progression of skills development including both subject specific and approaches to learning skills
- Many subject specialists
- Many teachers with specialized MYP training, including trained workshop leaders and moderators
- Well-equipped drama, music and visual arts rooms
- A commitment to Mac computer technology and the development of design technology suite with specialised tools
- Spacious science laboratories and the opportunity to take learning outside to access our rich environmental learning opportunities
- Physical Education with multiple sports fields and an Olympic-sized swimming pool
- Two levels of mathematics
- English and Thai offered from beginners to first language levels
- Academic English Programme (AEP) students are phased into the MYP in a structured and supported manner
- French, Mandarin, and Korean at a variety of levels to support emerging learners and to extend our top students
- Health as a dedicated component of our physical education programme
- Days Out and week-long camps to take learning out of the school setting
The IB Diploma Programme
We are one of just a few four-programme and 200 three-programme IB schools in the world. The PYP and MYP are for three to sixteen year old students. We believe it is important this continues for our sixteen to nineteen year olds.
The full IB Diploma Programme
In addition to the three core elements of Theory of Knowledge (ToK), an extended essay and creativity, action, service (CAS), students take six subjects. Three must be at the higher level (HL) with 240 hours of instruction and three subjects may be at standard level (SL) with 150 hours of instruction.
Subjects we typically offer:
IB Diploma Programme courses
Students take a minimum of five standard level (SL) subjects plus CAS plus an approaches to learning course shared with the IBCP students.
To support those students who may transfer between IB schools, may be competitive athletes or may want subject combinations that we are unable to accommodate, we offer the full range of available Diploma Programme courses online.
With great support from our College / Career Counsellor, students select the IB programme course and combination of subjects which both interests and challenges them as well as meeting college/university requirements. We are very proud of the variety of courses and colleges/universities around the world that our students gain entry to.
We are also very proud of our qualified and experienced diploma teachers, many of whom illustrate their commitment to their own learning as well as to the IB programmes by being IB subject examiners and workshop leaders.
Career Related Programme (IBCP)
Now its fourth year at Prem, International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) is starting to gain attention internationally. It is one of only about 60 programs globally and the first in Asia, Prem is uniquely positioned to offer something to IB students that few other schools can. The IBCP is an exciting opportunity for Prem students to gain prestigious IB credentials while studying something they are particularly passionate about.
The IBCP is a two-year programme for students in grades 11 and 12 that includes many of the same elements as the Diploma Programme: at least two IB Diploma level courses, a Reflective Project, an approach to learning skills component, an emphasis on language development and involvement in community and service. These four components are known as the ‘IBCP Core’. In addition, students study a specific vocational programme of particular interest.
Is the IBCP a good fit for me?
What makes the IBCP special is its career-related course focus. Prem currently offers two specialized course focuses, the BTEC Diploma in Sport, which focuses on sports management and the BTEC Diploma in Hospitality which focuses on hotel and restaurant management. So, first and foremost, the ideal student will have a natural passion and commitment toward one of these career fields. The student should have a fairly clear idea their professional life will include a career in either the sports or the hospitality industry.
How does the IBCP compare to the IB Diploma Programme?
The IBCP is similar to the normal IB Diploma Programme (DP) in that it offers the academic rigor colleges demand and respect, but is more dynamic allowing students to get industry standard training and coursework in a specific field before university. When a student graduates from the IBCP Programme, they leave with many authentic experiences and a rich and diverse profile.
What is BTEC?
The Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) is a British education organization which awards vocational qualifications to students completing their course of study. Completion of the course is equivalent to other qualifications such as the GCSE A Levels (3). PTIS has carefully selected courses it thinks will benefit students and that Prem can deliver effectively. In addition to the IBCP Core, (mentioned above), students complete 13 or 14 BTEC courses in their chosen field.
Prem is well-resourced to offer both programmes. For the Diploma in Sport, we have wonderful on-site sports facilities such as several playing fields, gymnasium, fitness room and 50-meter pool. We have on-site sports academies including for golf, tennis, football and swimming. Prem is part of a city-wide sports league called the Chiang Mai Athletics Conference and has access to professionals in the field. For the Diploma in Hospitality, we have two on-site restaurants, both with their areas of specialty. We also have an on-site boutique hotel with its own pool, spa/message area and 20 rooms. Chiang Mai is home to hundreds of mind-body-spirit businesses and practitioners related to sports and hospitality. Both programmes have connections with local businesses and institutions.
What can I do with my IBCP degree after school?
The main benefit of completing the IBCP at PTIS is it prepares the student very well for college and eventually a successful career in the sports or hospitality industry. The detailed knowledge, skills and understanding gained from studying the Diploma Programme courses, the IBCP core and the career-related study provide opportunities such as:
- Higher education: the mix of career-related skills combined with the knowledge and skills obtained from studying the Diploma Programme courses allows students access to higher education institutions such as universities and colleges.
- Further education: students may wish to continue their education at educational institutions that specialise in their chosen field of study.
- Apprenticeships: in many countries apprenticeship schemes are available where students are given on-the-job training as well as classroom instruction in a particular craft or trade.
- Direct Employment: the transferable skills fostered in the approaches to learning (ATL course, combined with the specific knowledge and skills developed in the student’s career-related studies, provide the opportunity for students to move directly into employment in their chosen field.
Please contact IBCP Coordinator Nicole Duhig (firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information on this exciting course at Prem.
Vision. Educating global citizens who strive for excellence, live sustainably, lead responsibly, celebrate diversity, and whose integrity champions a just and more peaceful world.
Mission. We are a community that challenges its members to act as compassionate, knowledgeable and principled global citizens: working together for a sustainable future and inspired by meaningful relationships, continuous learning and good thinking.
Prem Tinsulanonda International School | 234 Moo 3, Tambon Huay Sai, Amphur Mae Rim, Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand | +66 (0) 53 301 500 | accredited by IB, OPEC, NEASC, ISAT, BSA, ONESQA, CIS
Prem Tinsulanonda International School | 234 Moo 3, Tambon Huay Sai, Amphur Mae Rim, Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand | +66 (0) 53 301 500