Preparing students for success in higher education and to be active participants in a global society

What is the Diploma Programme?

The IB Diploma Programme is an assessed programme for students aged 16 to 19. It is respected by leading universities across the globe. Through the DP, schools are able to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge, flourish holistically, study at least two languages, excel in traditional academic subjects, and explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course.

The Diploma Programme Curriculum

The DP consists of six subject groups: language acquisition, language and literature, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, and the arts.
The DP is preceded by the IB’s Middle Years Programme (MYP). The IB programmes are philosophically aligned, each centred on developing attributes of the IB learner profile. The programmes are consistent in their pedagogical approach.



Core Elements of the Diploma Programme

Made up of the three required components, the DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills

Theory of Knowledge

Students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know

Extended Essay

An independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper

Creativity, Activity, Service

Students complete a community project related to the three concepts

DP Subject Groups

The DP consists of six subject groups: language acquisition, language and literature, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, and the arts

The acquisition and use of language in a range of contexts and for different purposes, while promoting an understanding of other cultures

Language Acquisition
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Language Acquisition
Language B SL/HL
Language ab initio SL

Through studies in language and literature, the DP aims to develop a student’s lifelong interest in language and literature, and a love for the elegance and richness of human expression

Language and Literature
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Language and Literature

Language A: Literature SL/HL
Language A: Language & Literature SL/HL


Fosters the capacity to identify, analyse and evaluate theories, concepts and arguments relating to the nature and activities of individuals and societies

Individuals and Societies


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Individuals and Societies
Business Management SL/HL
Economics SL/HL
Geography SL/HL
Global Politics  SL/HL
History SL/HL
Psychology SL/HL



Students explore the concepts, theories, models and techniques that underpin each subject area and develop their understanding of the scientific method

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Biology SL/HL
Chemistry SL/HL
Physics SL/HL
Environmental Systems and Societies
Sports, Exercise and Health Sciences SL



Fosters critical, reflective and informed practice, helps students understand the dynamic nature of the arts, and express themselves with confidence

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Music (until 2018) SL/HL
Visual arts SL/HL


Courses enable students to develop knowledge of concepts and principles, logical and critical thinking, and refine their powers of abstraction

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Mathematical Studies SL
Mathematics SL/HL


Meet The IB DP Coordinator

IB Coordinators come from a variety of cultures and professional experiences to create a balanced and experienced leadership team
Jan Van Hees
DP Coordinator
For questions related to the DP programme, please contact our DP coordinator.

The IB Approaches to Learning

Approaches to Learning (ATL) are deliberate strategies, skills and attitudes that permeate the IB teaching and learning environment.

Education for a better world

An outline of the DP Programme’s mission