IB Recognition Scheme
International Baccalaureate (IB) Recognition Scheme
In a first for South Australia, this scheme recognises the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme’s (IBDP) rigorous academic assessment, extended learning opportunities, and learning and teaching format.
It also acknowledges IBDP graduates’ international perspective, academic preparedness, critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills; and recognises that many Year 12 IBDP subjects have equivalent content to some of our first-year courses. Through this scheme, IB students can now apply for credit or exemption from those courses based on their academic achievement.
Multiple IB subjects apply
We now recognise equivalence between more than 20 IB subjects and many of our first-year courses. These IB subjects include:
- languages and literature
- geography, politics and history
- philosophy and anthropology
- film, music and theatre
- sports science and psychology
- computer science
- biology, chemistry and physics
- business and economics.
Explore the full list of equivalencies.
Credit or exemption - how to choose?
It all depends on your priorities. If you’d like a to reduce your overall study load, you might want to seek credit for one or more IB-equivalent courses. They’ll simply be marked as complete in your academic schedule, leaving you with more time to focus on your other subjects or commitments.
But if you’d like the flexibility to study a wider range of topics, exemption(s) could be the way to go. This will allow you to replace exempted courses in your schedule with others that appeal to you. You could potentially take a double major, additional electives or study overseas*.
Alternatively, if you have more than one subject equivalency, you might want to go for a mix of both!
*International travel restrictions permitting.
What are the benefits?
You’ll gain new knowledge here from day one, rather than going over what you’ve already learnt.
Course exemptions free up space in your degree so you can add others you’re passionate about.
Course credits can lighten your academic load, giving you more free time to study, work or play.
Frequently asked questions
What is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme?
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a senior school qualification equivalent to the SACE in South Australia. It is usually completed in Year 12 as an alternative to the SACE.
What’s is the scheme’s eligibility criteria?
In order to be eligible for this recognition scheme, you must meet the following criteria:
- Complete the IDBP at an eligible school
- Achieve a selection rank (IB combined rank plus adjustment factors)
- Achieve a 6 or above in SL and/or a 5 or above in HL in an equivalent IB subject
- Meet the pre-requisites for the degree program entry
What is the exact difference between exemption and credit?
Credit is where a number of units, up to a specified limit, may be granted towards a University of Adelaide degree (reducing the number of courses needing to be completed).
In an Exemption there is no reduction in the total number of units required to satisfy degree requirements however the students do not have to complete some specified courses that may be core requirements of the degree. Students can elect to take other course/s in lieu of the credit in areas that they have an interest in, allowing for greater flexibility with study plans
Which degrees are excluded from the scheme?
Under this scheme, exemption /credit is excluded from competitive programs, as listed below:
- Bachelor of Dental Surgery
- Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
- Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-registration)
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons)
- Bachelor of Oral Health
- Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons)
- Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons)
- Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience).
- Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science in High Performance Computational Physics
How do I find out which courses are in University degree programs?
I have received an offer for the degree I want to study, what happens next?
After you have received and accepted your offer, you will need to submit an application to the University for exemption/credit for the IB subject you have completed. Your application will be processed internally and the exemption/credit will be reflected on your university student record. At this time, you will also meet with a Program Advisor to map an appropriate study plan.
Who can I contact for further support with my credit application?