The Curriculum

Diploma Program (Grade XI - XII)

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

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. 

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. 

Creativity, activity, service (CAS) in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.

The DP organizes teaching and learning through six subject groups, underpinned by the DP core. Students choose a course within each subject group.

The Subject Groups

Studies in Language and Literature

Students take at least one subject from studies as a part of this group. Taking two studies will result in a bilingual diploma. 

The courses offer a broad range of texts, and students grow to appreciate a language’s complexity, wealth and subtleties in a variety of contexts. Students take their studies in a language in which they are academically competent. The subject consists of 3 courses: 

Language A: Literature

Language A: Language and Literature

Literature & Performance

Language Acquisition

It is a requirement of the programme that students study at least one subject from this group. The main emphasis of the modern language courses is on the acquisition and use of language in a range of contexts and for different purposes while, at the same time, promoting an understanding of another culture through the study of its language.

Three subjects are available to accommodate students’ interest in and previous experience of language study. The first two subjects are offered in a number of languages.

Modern Languages: Language ab intio & Language B

Classical Languages: Latin or Classical Greek

Individuals and Societies

Subjects available:

Studying any one of these subjects provides for the development of a critical appreciation of:

  • human experience and behaviour
  • the varieties of physical, economic and social environments that people inhabit
  • the history of social and cultural institutions.

In addition, each subject is designed to foster in students the capacity to identify, to analyse critically and to evaluate theories, concepts and arguments relating to the nature and activities of individuals and societies.

Sciences

It is a requirement of the programme that students study at least one subject from this group.  Six subjects are available:

Interdisciplinary subject: Environmental systems and societies 

Mathematics

The following courses are currently available in Mathematics:

The Arts

Students may opt to study an additional sciences, individuals and societies, or languages course, instead of a course in the arts.

The subjects in the arts allow a high degree of adaptability to different cultural contexts. The emphasis is on creativity in the context of disciplined, practical research into the relevant genres.

In addition, each subject is designed to foster critical, reflective and informed practice, help students understand the dynamic and changing nature of the arts, explore the diversity of arts across time, place and cultures, and express themselves with confidence and competence.

Five subjects are available to students at higher level or standard level:

For more information on the DP curriculum, please visit

https://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/