The IB Diploma Programme
The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities. (www.ibo.org/diploma/)
We have chosen to offer our students the IB Diploma programme because we value the broad range of subjects offered to students and believe that this programme will provide them with the knowledge, skills and understanding required at university and beyond. Most of all, we are committed to developing the values promoted in the IB Learner Profile.
The IB Diploma programme in all IB schools is based on the following model:
This programme model is interdisciplinary, which means that the concepts taught in one subject are often viewed through the prism of another subject. For example, we would encourage students and teachers to reconsider historic and economic events studied in humanities subjects when discussing works of literature. The Theory of Knowledge component helps to ensure that IB learners are thinking critically in all of their subjects, whereas the CAS programme helps students to maintain a balance between academic study and their extracurricular lives. The Extended Essay enables students to develop the research skills required of university students.
The Diploma Programme consists of core components and six subject groups. IB Diploma students choose one subject from each of the six option blocks below. Our subject choice has been designed to be both broad and sustainable as we develop as a school.
The Diploma Core
- Theory of Knowledge
- Extended Essay
- Creativity, Activity, Service
The six option blocks (for students starting the IB Diploma in August 2017)
Students choose one subject from each block.
Block 1 – English
- English A: Language & Literature (Higher Level or Standard Level) - for students with a native speakers’ level
- English B (HL or SL) - a foreign language course (CEFR levels B1 - B2)
Block 2 - German
- German A: Language and Literature (HL or SL) - for students with a native speakers' level
- German B (HL or SL) - a foreign language course (CEFR levels B1 - B2)
- German ab initio (SL only) - a beginners’ German course (leading to CEFR level A2)
Block 3 - Individuals and Societies
- History (HL or SL)
- Geography (HL or SL)
- Business Management (HL or SL)
Block 4 - Sciences
- Biology (HL or SL)
- Physics (HL or SL)
- Environmental Systems and Societies (SL only) - a transdisciplinary science/humanities course
Block 5 - Mathematics
- Higher Level - for students interested in studying maths, physics, computer science and some economics courses at university.
- Standard Level - for students who need to demonstrate a high level of maths and/or will need to continue studying some mathematics at university.
- Mathematical Studies at Standard Level - an applied mathematics course aimed at students not planning to continue with maths at university.
Block 6 - Arts and Electives
- Visual Arts (HL or SL)
- Psychology (HL or SL)
- Chemistry (HL or SL)
- Spanish B (HL or SL) - a foreign language course (CEFR levels B1 - B2)
- French B (HL or SL) - a foreign language course (CEFR levels B1 - B2)
Block 6 enables students to study art, a second science or humanities subject, or an additional language.
All of our students in Grades 11-12 of the international school follow either the full IB Diploma programme or separate subject courses based on the IB Diploma. We expect most students to follow the full Diploma programme.
Interested students can complete our subject options survey.