The IB Diploma Program Curriculum
IB Diploma Programme students must choose one subject from each of the five groups (1 to 5), ensuring breadth of knowledge and understanding in their best language, additional language(s), the social sciences, the experimental sciences, and mathematics. Students must also choose either an arts subject from group 6 or a second subject from groups 1 to 5. DP subjects can be taken at Higher level or Standard level. At least three and not more than four subjects are taken at a higher level (240 teaching hours), while the other subjects are taken at standard level (150 teaching hours).
- Group 1 – Language A: language and literature
- Group 2 – Language Acquisition Language B - Spanish, German, French
- Group 3 – Individuals and Societies - History, Philosophy, Psychology
- Group 4 – Sciences - Biology
- Group 5 – Mathematics - Mathematical studies SL, Further Mathematics HL
- Group 6 - The Arts - Film Studies, Psychology, Philosophy, Visual Arts, Performing Arts
In addition to disciplinary and interdisciplinary study, the Diploma Programme features three core elements that broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills:
The Diploma Program core
- Extended Essay - asks students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying. The world studies extended essay option allows students to focus on a topic of global significance which they examine through the lens of at least two DP subjects.
- Theory of Knowledge - develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. In this course on critical thinking, students inquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction.
- Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) - involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme. Creativity encourages students to engage in the arts and creative thinking. The action seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Service with the community offers a vehicle for new learning with academic value. The three strands of CAS enhance students’ personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning and enable journeys of self-discovery.
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IB Diploma Program Description