The International Baccalaureate at PLC

PLC is one of over 3500 schools to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) in Years 11 and 12 as an alternative to the VCE. Each year at PLC, up to one third of our cohort choose the IB program and their outstanding results reflect the expertise of our staff, the dedication of the students and the breadth and depth of the educational opportunities that enables each girl to pursue her passions.

The IB is a cross-cultural programme that allows students to gain an increased knowledge of, and respect for, the cultures of the world. Through the CAS program students are encouraged to stay active, engaged and aware of their role and responsibilities as global students and they incorporate a wide range of sporting and co-curricular activities into their Year 11 and 12 educational journey.

The IB enables them to study at Australian universities and is also valued by overseas universities as a matriculation qualification. PLC students who have gained their IB Diploma have enrolled at a variety of prestigious international universities, including Oxford and Cambridge and Yale.

At PLC, students are nurtured and supported by our skilled and experienced teachers as well as through our Careers staff who assist them in planning their future pathways.

For further information about the IB Program, please contact Admissions on (03) 9808 5811 or email 

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About the IB Diploma

The IB Diploma Program is an internationally focused, academically challenging and balanced program of education with internal assessments and final examinations. It prepares students aged 16 to 19 for success at university and in life beyond study. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. 

Students choose courses from the subject groups of “Language and Literature”, “Language Acquisition”, “Individuals and Societies”, the “Sciences”, “Mathematics” and “The Arts”. The IB also requires involvement in “Creativity, Activity and Service”, the writing of an independently researched “Extended Essay”, and the study of a “Theory of Knowledge” course. 

The IB Curriculum at PLC

Group 1 Language A Group 2 Language B Group 3 Individuals and Societies Group 4 Experimental Sciences Group 5 Mathematics Group 6 The Arts
English English Economics Biology Mathematics Music
  French Geography Chemistry   Visual Arts
  German History Physics   Or second subject from either Group 3 or Group 4