Academic Results

Academic Results

Academic Results

IB Diploma at Uplands

The IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging and balanced two-year programme with final examinations that prepare students exceptionally well for success at university and life beyond. The programme is held in high regard by the world’s leading universities.

Through the subject groupings and the Core elements, the Diploma Programme develops students physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. Strong connections are made across the disciplines, supported by additional requirements in the areas of community service (CAS), recognition of higher-order learning (TOK) and the production of an extensive mini-thesis (EE) in a chosen subject.

Uplands students have achieved great success in comparison to world average scores in each year of the programme, since its inception in 2001.

Diploma Programme Results 2020

Uplands is delighted to announce that 8 students achieved an outstanding score of 40 points or above and 40% of the graduating class of 2020 achieved 36 points or more in the diploma. In addition to these excellent outcomes, 6 students were awarded the highly regarded bilingual diploma.

The following table summarises the results for 2020:

Uplands AverageWorld average
Pass Rate98.3%79.1%
Diploma Score33.629.92

IGCSE at Uplands

While academically non-selective, Uplands has consistently achieved a very high percentage of its overall IGCSE examination results at or above a B-grade. The last seven years has seen Uplands achieve its best results in its 60-years of operation, with a 7-year average of 72% of all grades being of B-grade or above. For the academic year 2019-2020, 56.7% of entries achieved the top grades of A*/A. Our A*-B grades were an outstanding at 78.4%, and our A*-C grade percentage was a fantastic 94.2%.

  • 3 students achieved 10 or more A* grades
  • 5 students achieved straight A and A* grades
  • 23 students achieved 5 or more A* grades

The International School of Penang (Uplands) – University Destinations

Academic Year 2018-2019


Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands), University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), Bezirksregierung Düsseldorf (Germany), Bocconi University (Italy).


Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (China), New York University – Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong), Waseda University (Japan), International Medical University (Malaysia), National University of Singapore (Singapore), Mahidol University International College (Thailand).


University of Birmingham, Durham University, University of Glasgow, King’s College London, University of Manchester; University of Nottingham, University of Plymouth, University of St Andrews, University of South Wales, Istituto Marangoni London.


University of California Berkeley, George Washington University, Southern Methodist University,


University of Waterloo, Emily Carr University.