Depending on the university of college they want to enrol in, students of International School can choose between two programmes available at our school – Cambridge and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

What is the fundamental difference between the Cambridge and IB Diploma programme? Are both programmes taught exclusively in English? What do the courses in these programmes look like, and what diplomas and certificates will students obtain when they complete them? 

Find the answers below.

Cambridge International
Programme

International Baccalaureate
Diploma Programme

Curriculum

Students independently create their curriculum by selecting courses, and then studying each course in detail. 

English Language and Global Perspectives are compulsory courses, and in addition to them, students will choose 3 more courses in line with their preferences and career aspirations.

CI

We implement a holistic approach, with a comprehensive curriculum that comprises both compulsory and elective courses. 

Students choose 6 different courses from course groups, whereby the Core programme, which comprises Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity Service (CAS) and Extended Essay, is compulsory.

IB

Grading

Letter grades, from U to A are used, A being the highest grade.
CI

Numerical grades 1–7 are used, 7 being the highest grade.
IB

Recognised diplomas

A Cambridge diploma is given for passing a minimum of 3 A-level exams from the Languages, Science and Humanities + Global Perspectives course group.
CI

An IB diploma is given for passing all 6 courses, Core programme, and scoring a total of 24 grade points (with the Core programme).
IB

Accreditation

Cambridge certificates for individual courses are recognised all over the world.
CI

IB diplomas and certificates in IB Diploma courses (DP Course Results certificates) are recognised all over the world.
IB

Student interests

Cambridge A levels is suitable for students who are determined to continue their education, because they can choose specialised courses, without scattering and wasting their attention.
CI

In the IB Diploma Programme, students can choose courses they want to study in detail, but they will also need to attend other courses in order to meet the diploma requirements, and acquire comprehensive knowledge.
IB

Student competencies

The Cambridge programme is focused on the development of critical thinking, analysis and research. The International School also aims to develop other student skills and competencies through various extracurricular activities that we actively pursue.
CI

The IB Diploma programme is focused on the development of critical thinking, digital competencies, but also psycho-social skills, thanks to the Core programme. Apart from the extracurricular activities, these skills are also developed through the International School’s curriculum.
IB

Studies abroad

Cambridge qualifications are a great choice for specialised study programmes (medicine, engineering, etc) where one needs to possess excellent knowledge of certain areas.  

Students who choose this programme commonly continue their education at European universities.

CI

Students who are still unsure about the area/discipline/science they want to study usually choose the IB Diploma programme.

Although the IB Diploma programme is usually the choice of those who want to study in America, it is becoming increasingly popular in Europe and Asia as well.

IB

Programme language

The programme is exclusively implemented in English, while the curriculum is international and identical in all countries working under the Cambridge programme.
CI

The programme is taught in English, although students can choose Serbian as an elective course. The curriculum also integrates content typical of students’ native countries (e.g. Russia, Serbia, USA, etc.).
IB

Exams

Exams are held in the June/November exam period, and the students will take all components of the exam in the given period.
CI

Exams are held in May/October, except that all courses also have International Assessment – a component of the exam students are obligated to do all year round (research work).
IB

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