Andrew Arida, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at UBC, talks about a few of the benefits of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Diploma Subjects at GNS

This exciting curriculum is available to students in Grades 11 and 12 in the Senior School. The IB Diploma represents a complete philosophy of pre-university education. The structure is designed to meet certain needs, which are highly advantageous now, in university and in life. These needs may be simplified as:

  • Breadth: students are exposed to a balanced program including elements of each of the major intellectual fields.
  • Depth: students pursue certain elements of study to a comparatively advanced level.
  • Independence: students are able to work independently in developing an area of study to an advanced level.
  • Critical thought: students develop the intellectual rigour and philosophical background necessary to evaluate and use the knowledge acquired.
  • Creativity, Activity And Service: students find balance in their school life by being involved in creative pursuits, activities that contribute to their physical well-being, and service opportunities.

At GNS, the following courses may be offered for each subject group.

Group 1: Studies in language and literature

Group 2: Language acquisition

Group 3: Individuals and societies

Group 4: Sciences

Group 5: Mathematics

Group 6: The arts

PW Program of Studies
Download our Pemberton Woods Program of Studies 2019/2020 for a detailed set of course descriptions.