The IB Diploma Programme studies are divided into two parts; The Preparatory Year and the two academic years, IB1 and IB2. An IB-student first studies subjects from the national curriculum for one full school year, which is called the preparatory year (Pre-Year). However, the teaching in these subjects, except for Finnish, is done in English. This means the IB-group stays together all through their studies up until the end of the IB2. The duration of classes in both the Pre Year and in the IB proper is 75 minutes. The class coding system reads as follows:
|Duration of class||Mon||Tue||Wed||Thur||Fri|
Code nine classes to be agreed on separately with the teacher
To be transferred to the actual Diploma Programme, all the Pre-Year students must complete at least 28 courses by the end of the year and pass their chosen HL subjects with a Grade Point Average of at least 8,0. For SL subjects the GPA of 7,0 is sufficient. Exceptional requirements are applied to Mathematics: Students who will study Mathematics on HL have to score a GPA of 9,0, Analysis SL Maths requires a GPA of 7,5 and for Applications SL a GPA of 6 is enough.
Retaking the preparatory year is possible only if the above requirements are met and the student has provided appropriate medical documentation on the necessity of a retake year.
Pre-year books 2021-2022
The booklist can be found here.