The IB Diploma Programme consists of six subject groups: language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, and the arts. Students must choose one subject from each of the first five groups, which ensures students breadth of experience. The sixth subject may be an arts subject chosen from group 6, or the student may choose another subject from the first five. Three courses are chosen at higher level and three at standard level.

Additional core requirements

What makes the programme unique are the three core requirements. These are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding.

  • The extended essay is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.
  • Theory of knowledge is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).
  • Creativity, action, service requires that students actively take action from their learning to participate in real tasks beyond confines of the classroom.


Both internal and external assessment plays a role in the DP. Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.
The full diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and to satisfactory participation in the creativity, action, service requirement. The highest total a Diploma Programme student can be awarded is 45 points.

Why choose the IB-DP?

According to one study, DP students are better able than their peers to cope with demanding workloads, manage their time and meet the expectations placed on them. In addition, the programme aims to develop students who have an excellent breadth and depth of knowledge and who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.

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