Pathways to University
The International School of Western Australia offers two education pathways for our senior students in Years 11 and 12.
The two pathways are the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) and the US College Board Advanced Placement (AP).
- Both the IB and the AP are internationally-recognised paths of study, and both are academically challenging.
- Universities across the globe welcome students from both pathways, as evidence shows that students in both programmes are more likely to outperform their peers at university or college, and graduate in fewer years.
- Both are a valid and progressive alternative to the WACE programme, and are recognised for entrance into Western Australian universities.
- A higher and generous weighting or ranking is given to the final results of the IB Diploma Programme and Advanced Placement. This can significantly increase eligibility for university entrance and scholarship.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
The IB Diploma Programme is run over two years, with knowledge being built upon from one year to the next. DP students will take some subjects at Higher Level (HL) and some at Standard Level (SL) across six different subjects.
There are three additional components that are necessary to graduate. These components include;
- Theory of Knowledge
- Extended Essay
- Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)
DP graduates are valued for their attributes of reflection, critical thinking and active service. Evidence suggests IB DP graduates are better able to transition to learning at a university level.
US College Board Advanced Placement
The AP is considered the benchmark for academic excellence in the USA. Established by the U.S. College Board, Advanced Placement (AP) courses are designed to expose able and motivated High School students to first-year university-level academic material.
The International School of Western Australia is the only Australian Secondary School to offer the Advanced Placement to students.
AP courses are run as challenging one-year senior level courses. ISWA students choose to take two AP courses in Year 11, and another three in Year 12.
AP graduates are valued for their engagement in university-level work, their writing and problem-solving techniques and development of study habits necessary for tackling rigorous coursework.
Download our 2019/20 Senior School Course Handbook here.
Course outlines, with information regarding assessments and homework requirements, are distributed for each subject at the beginning of the academic year.