According to the team at Dulwich College (Singapore), the ethos of “students come first” is at the heart of everything the College does. They adopt this personalised approach to keep the focus on supporting the needs, talents and capabilities of students including those in the International Baccalaureate or IB programmes – and this is especially significant in the College’s Upper Senior School in Years 12 and 13. We asked the school to outline a handful of ways that this ethos is fostered including the choice of two different IB programmes, the IBDP and the IBCP.
#1 Senior students at the centre of learning
The school has designed various education pathways in Singapore that support every student’s passion and needs, equipping them with the skills to prepare them for life after school. This allows their students to thrive in their chosen area of interest or remain all-rounders to experience as broad a set of opportunities as possible.
The aim is to develop confident, thoughtful and outward-looking young people who have a passion for learning and to enable them to lead fulfilling lives beyond Dulwich.
#2 Different IB programmes for those in Years 12 and 13
Years 12 and 13 students at Dulwich College (Singapore) have a choice between the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or the IB Career-related Programme (IBCP). Both options teach students core life skills such as being open-minded, caring and principled, and developing curiosity through inquiry.
The IBDP at the College underpins and supports the core of the International Baccalaureate programme, developing intellectually, emotionally, ethically and academically balanced individuals. The difference at Dulwich College (Singapore) lies in the breadth of subject offerings for the IBDP with choices in areas like Film Studies, Sports Exercise and Health Sciences and more.
The IBCP combines a theoretical foundation in a student’s chosen field with the necessary professional skills through practice. This prepares students thoroughly for their career of choice.
At Dulwich, the IBCP has six career-related pathways that include business and sustainability; performance and production arts; creative practice: art, design and communication; sports; engineering; and digital technology. This ensures that students have the breadth of choice in IBCP specialist subjects and are equipped with the future skills they need for the rapidly evolving workplace.
In the 2022 IB Diploma results, the College attained an average point score of 38.9, with 48% of Dulwich students receiving a score of 40 or above.
#3 A personalised University Counselling and Career (UCC) programme
The College says that impowering Years 12 and 13 students with these choices to meet their individual goals has resulted in admissions to universities globally. In 2022, 97% of Dulwich students achieved offers to their first-choice university.
Dulwich students have gained places at world-class universities including the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, University of Toronto, UC Berkeley, NTU and NUS. They will be pursuing degrees in fields ranging from Computer Science to Medicine to Social Sciences. Admissions are also seen at renowned creative industries institutions like Polimoda – Fashion Design, Emerson College, Camberwell Art College, BIMM for Electronic Music Production, EPFL, École Hôtelière de Lausanne, and the list continues.
According to the College, this compelling student-university alignment is made possible because of the personalised UCC guidance that begins from Year 8 through to Year 13.
The UCC includes career assessments for students to explore their strengths, interests and career clusters, personality profiling, education pathway Singapore subject option choice including IBDP or IBCP programmes, career workshops and career matching. Dulwich students also receive regular exposure to university admissions tutors, taster lectures and events, and help with university applications globally. This ensures that they can realise their dreams and leave Dulwich university-ready.
#4 The Ignite! Exceptional Performance Development
The Ignite! programme supports all Dulwich Senior School students, including Year 12 and 13s, who are committed to a career in the performing arts, music or sport, or who wish to maximise their potential and to see possibilities within their reach.
Students receive personalised mentoring and skills development and work with industry practitioners. This helps them follow their individual education pathway Singapore to develop skills, shape their goals and achieve their career potential.
#5 Alleynian Scholarship
The Dulwich College (Singapore) Alleynian Scholarship programme allows students to enjoy the benefits of a Dulwich education regardless of economic circumstances. The College believes that a socially diverse student population is a critical component of an international and balanced education. It’s committed to providing financial assistance to students as a community benefit and for Dulwich to access a more diverse range of students. This scholarship is accessible to all IBDO students who are applying to study at the College.
#6 Boarding facilities to further enrich school life
International Baccalaureate students have the option of taking residence at the College’s boarding facility, which is a partnership with well-established student residence provider, ACS Oldham Hall. The boarding facilities ensure a home-away-from-home option for students who choose to reside in an independent arrangement.
Students learn and thrive where they feel safe and secure. ACS Oldham Hall provides Dulwich students with an environment that encourages them to become autonomous, well-rounded and confident. The boarding facilities also gives them the supportive working environment they need to achieve academic success.
#7 Graduate and Live World Wise
The exciting and effective programmes at the College are dedicated to each student to ensure that they graduate and live world wise.
Written in collaboration with:
Dulwich College (Singapore)
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