DP-The Curriculum

Diploma Programme Model – Grades XI & XII

The aLphabet DP Curriculum Framework





The Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP core,
comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay.
Through the Diploma Programme (DP) core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete
independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service.


Three components make up the DP core, which are studied alongside individual subjects and
throughout a student’s time in the DP.

1. Theory of knowledge , in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we
know what we claim to know. This unifies the academic disciplines.
2. The extended essay , which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with
a 4,000-word paper. This is an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects
we are taking.
3. Creativity, activity, service (CAS) in which students complete a project related to those
three concepts. Learners are required to get involved with creative, physical and
charitable/voluntary activities within communities on a local, national and global level.


The Subject Groups

The DP organizes teaching and learning through six subject groups, underpinned by the DP core.
Each student is required to take 3 Higher Level (HL) subjects and 3 Subject Level (SL) subjects.


1 - Language & Literature

  • English – Language & Literature – HL
  • English – Language & Literature – SL

2 - Language Acquisition

  • Hindi – B
  • Spanish – B

3 - Individuals & Societies

  • Economics – HL
  • Economics – SL
  • Business Management – HL
  • Business Management – SL
  • History – HL
  • History – SL
  • Psychology – HL
  • Psychology – SL

4 - Sciences

  • Physics – HL
  • Physics – SL
  • Biology – HL,
  • Biology – SL
  • Design Technology – HL
  • Design Technology – SL
  • Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS) is an interdisciplinary subject that belongs to Groups 3 and 4

5 - Mathematics

  • Applications and Interpretation – HL
  • Applications and Interpretation – SL

6 - The Arts

  • Visual Art – HL
  • Visual Art – SL

aLphabet internationaL schooL is a candidate school* for the DP. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education – that we believe is important for our students. * Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org