Bilden föreställer elever på IB-programmet. Foto: Niklas Olausson

IB - International Baccalaureate

Founded in the 1960s, the IBO grew out of international schools’ efforts to establish a common curriculum and university entry credential for geographically mobile students.

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Hvitfeldtska gymnasiet opened the International Baccalaureate for its first students in 1989!

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The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a rigorous pre-university course of studies, leading to examinations, that meets the needs of highly motivated secondary school students between the ages of 16 and 19 years. Designed as a comprehensive two-year curriculum that allows its graduates to fulfil requirements of various national education systems. The diploma model is based on the pattern of no single country but incorporates the best elements of many.

The International Baccalaureate Programme at Hvitfeldtska Gymnasiet in Göteborg was started in 1989. In Sweden, the IB programme comprises three years of study in order to fulfil requirements of the national education system. The teaching language is English.
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Subject Points

English 5 100
Swedish 1 100
Social Science 1b 100
General Science 1b 100
Mathematics 1c and 2c 200
History 1b 100
Physical Education 100
Modern Language 100

A choice between the following:
French step 3, German step 3 or Spanish step 3 - each 100 points
Together with the IB Diploma the language course gives “Meritpoäng” for Swedish Universities.

The total number of points studied in Pre DP is 900.

Grade 11 and 12

Second and third year

The student follows the IB curriculum and has to study six subjects, three at higher level (HL) and three at standard level (SL). The IB programme aims to prepare the student for college or university studies. In order to meet requirements the student has to highly motivated.

Hvitfeldtska Gymnasiet offers the following subjects:

Group 1 Language A Literature English and Swedish
Group 2 Language B French B, German B, Swedish B, Spanish B, English B HL, Swedish ab initio
Group 3 Individuals and Societies Economics, History, Psychology
Group 4 Experimental Sciences Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Design Technology
Group 5 Mathematics Mathematics HL, Mathematics SL
Group 6 The Arts and Electives. Visual Art

See this link for further information on subjects
A subject might not be offered if there is an insufficient number of students.

IB grades and diploma

At both higher and standard level each subject is graded on a scale of 1 to 7, where 7 is the maximum. The award of the Diploma requires a minimum total of 24 points. Students holding the Diploma are accepted by universities in more than 125 countries all over the world.
Together with the 6 subjects the student has to fulfil the following:

Extended Essay

The student has to submit an essay of some 4000 words in an IB subject chosen by the student. This will give the student an excellent opportunity to undertake original research and learn more about a topic of special interest to the student. The essay is assessed by an external examiner.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

Theory of knowledge is a subject which aims to train the student in critical thinking. Themes like Logic, Ethics and Philosophy are discussed. TOK is not graded, but essays must be submitted and are externally moderated.

Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS)

The CAS programme aims to let the student experience the importance of life outside school. Creativity and Activity should play an equal part with Service in the CAS programme. CAS should challenge and extend the individual student, develop a spirit of discovery and self-reliance, encourage new skills and interests and inspire a sense of responsibility towards all members of the community.

Not passing the IB-Exams

If students do not achieve the minimum requirements for the Diploma there is a chance for retakes the following year, in May. Students will not attend classes, but study on their own for retakes. Last day for retake registration is October 31, contact the IB Coordinator.
Hvitfeldtska does not offer retakes in November.
For students who do not pass the Diploma but would like to continue their education should contact our Studie- och Yrkesvägledare, see information below

Requirements for IB-programme applicants

◾Grade 10: Nine years of school (corresponding to the 9th Grade of Swedish Comprehensive School)
◾Grade 11: Completed education from the 10th Grade
◾Good written and spoken English
◾Passing test-results in Mathematics and English. Test date: See below. (For International applicants not currently in Sweden, individual arrangements can be made.)
◾Examination fees to be paid, approx. SEK 5500, before December 1 of the third year
◾Application preferably before February 5

Entrance test dates

For grade 10 (Year 1 in Swedish Gymnasium) is March 9, 2020
For grade 11 – to be announced.


For further information, please Contact:
Peter Park Larsson, Principal
Phone: +46 31 367 06 08
+46 709 10 46 05

James Du Priest
IB Coordinator
Phone: 070-540 48 44