IB Diploma

“IB is well known to us for excellent preparation. Success in an IB program correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Program on the transcript.”

Marilyn McGrath Lewis, Director of Undergraduate Admission
Harvard University

“I can attest to the respected position of the IB diploma at prestigious universities throughout North America”

Kim Bartlett, Director of Admissions
McGill University

Queen Margaret College has a 100% IB Diploma Pass rate.


Our three students who received a mark of 40 or above in the IB Diploma (2014) were recognised at the New Zealand IB Diploma Award Ceremony held at Premier House in Auckland with the Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae. Two students, Clara Sinclair and Alex King, also received 40 plus however could not attend.  

Highly regarded internationally and studied in over 145 countries, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is considered the gold standard of education. The Diploma is a two year pre-university course completed in place of Year 12 and 13 NCEA. This is the 5th year that the College has delivered this qualification.

The IB Diploma programme educates both the minds and the hearts of the students, who are enriched by a rigorous academic programme which enables them to gain acceptance at universities worldwide. Concurrent with this, students become citizens of the world - appreciating and practising international-mindedness.  

Megan Vincent completed the IB Diploma in 2011 and is now studying at New York University in Abu Dhabi on a fully funded scholarship.

“The IB Diploma provides an all rounded education forcing you to pursue areas you may not be confident in. These skills are essential, in a higher education setting and in life for character building. I doubt any seventeen year old fully knows what direction they wish to take in life so ensuring students take subjects like Maths and Science is incredibly valuable. It is funny many of my friends were introduced to new areas of passion through their IB Diploma subjects that they were initially reluctant to try.”

Lydia Hingston, was the IB Diploma Dux in 2012.

“It’s not just about your knowledge of subjects, but also about finding yourself and becoming an all-rounded citizen. A highlight for me was my extended essay where you develop skills for writing an academic research paper and learn a lot about yourself and your interests. I am currently studying Medicine at Auckland University. I feel that I have quite an advantage: I have excellent time management skills and much of the course content I have touched on through my IB Diploma studies.”

Shruti Iyer completed the IB Diploma in 2013 with a perfect 45 and is now on a Scholarship at Monash University in Australia.

"The IB Diploma gave me an opportunity to really understand myself better and has inspired me to contribute to the wider world in the future. I discovered just how hard I can work and learnt to really appreciate the knowledge I was learning. One of my favourite things about the IB Diploma was the holistic nature of everything we did. We didn't just learn random pieces of knowledge but rather learned to connect everything we learned to other things both within the course itself and to the wider world. I now feel ready to move forwards into the big world around me and start chasing even bigger dreams."

What is the IB Diploma?

The IB Diploma is a two year programme of study for students in Years 12 and 13. It is studied instead of NCEA Level 2 and 3. The IBD’s aim is to prepare students for the skills that they will need at university. It is suitable for all students who are capable of studying 6 subjects.

Students are required to study a range of subjects in keeping with the holistic philosophy of the International Baccalaureate Organisation. In addition to these subjects students are required to complete the three tasks which are at the heart of the programme:

  • an Extended Essay (EE) on a subject of their choice
  • a course on the Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • participation in the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)

The IB Diploma is a highly regarded international university entrance qualification which paves the way to university study.

What is in the curriculum?

The curriculum contains six subject groups together with a core made up of three separate parts. This is illustrated by a hexagon with the three parts of the core at its centre.

Students study six subjects selected from the subject groups. Normally three subjects are studied at higher level and the remaining three subjects are studied at standard level. All three parts of the core-extended essay, theory of knowledge and creativity, action, service - are compulsory and are central to the philosophy of the Diploma Programme.

Several studies have shown that IB students are extremely successful at university because they are well-educated, mature, highly-organised and, above all, independent thinkers. Such is the attractiveness of this programme, that the pass rate in Australasia is 90%-95% and at Queen Margaret College 100% of our students have received the Diploma.

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