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?

Less repetition

You’ll gain new knowledge here from day one, rather than going over what you’ve already learnt.

More flexibility

Course exemptions free up space in your degree so you can add others you’re passionate about.

More time

Course credits can lighten your academic load, giving you more free time to study, work or play.

Frequently asked questions