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India Medical Pathway for IB Students

Important information for students of the Class of 2021 and beyond who are considering studying medicine in India.

 

Woodstock School recognizes that preparation for medical study by Indian students requires the study of Chemistry, Biology, and Physics in Grades 11-12 and the NEET exam. This presents a significant burden above and beyond International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) requirements. Encouraging students to complete the full IBDP while also meeting Indian medical pathway requirements would not be in keeping with the IBDP philosophy or our Guiding Principles of wholeness and well-being. Indian students preparing for medical study within India are therefore ineligible to earn the full IB Diploma while at Woodstock. Instead, we offer the following pathway to enable Indian students enrolled at Woodstock to pursue medicine:

 

  • Broad participation leading to the full MYP Diploma in Grades 9-10
  • Study of selected IB subjects in Grades 11-12 as an IB certificate student
  • The MSA-accredited US diploma granted by Woodstock School, recognised for equivalency to 10+2 boards by the Association of Indian Universities.

 

Diploma Subject Groups

US Diploma Requirements for the Class of 2021:

 

Literature 4 credits
Science 3 credits
Mathematics 3 credits
Individuals and Societies 2 credits
Language Acquisition 2 credits
The Arts 2 courses
TOK/Religious Education 2 courses
Physical Education 1 credit
Total 24 credits including electives*

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Participation in the residential, enrichment and PSHE programs of the school is compulsory.

 

By Grade 10, MYP students will have accrued at least 14 credits and completed US diploma subject area requirements for Individuals & Societies, PE, The Arts, and Language Acquisition. Remaining subject requirements for the US diploma at the beginning of Grade 11 would be Literature, Science, Math and an RE course. Release from the additional IB subject and EE provides space in the academic year for medicine students to complete three Sciences and prepare for their medical entrance exams.

 

The sample course plan below for an Indian medicine pathway student assumes IB certificate subjects, of which up to three may be taken at the Higher Level:

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Grade 11

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

English Language and Literature

Math

TOK

CAS

Grade 12

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

English Language and Literature

Math

TOK

CAS

Subject Choices for the Woodstock Diploma (Indian Medical Pathway)

 

Students who wish to pursue medicine in India or countries which require three sciences in Grades 10-12, will continue to have an option to do so via the Woodstock US diploma accredited by Middle States Association, USA.

 

After Integrated Science in Grade 10, pre-medicine students may select Physics, Chemistry and Biology at Standard or Higher Levels in Grades 11 and 12. Note that this will not meet the subject combination requirements for the IB Diploma; these students will qualify as those pursuing individual Courses/Certificates with the IB Curriculum.

 

This arrangement will enable these students to dedicate additional time to medical entrance exam preparation.

 

These students must choose subjects as follows:

 

One from each of:

  • GROUP 1: English Language & Literature (HL or SL)
  • GROUP 5: Mathematics (HL or SL)

 

Three Subjects from Group 4 (Sciences)

  • Chemistry (HL or SL)
  • Biology (HL or SL)
  • Physics (HL or SL)

 

In addition to the above, to obtain a Woodstock Diploma, EVERY student must do these two elements from the CORE:

  • Theory of Knowledge – a course on Critical thinking exploring the nature of knowledge
  • CAS (Creativity, Action & Service)

 

At Woodstock, Indian Medical Pathway students are exempted from Extended Essay and Group 2 and 3 Requirements. They are ineligible for the IB Diploma, but are able to receive the US Diploma and are thus eligible for an equivalency certificate from the Association of Indian Universities to the 10+2 Indian Boards.