The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is a two-year academically challenging, rigorous and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students aged 16 to 19 (Grade 11 and 12) for success at university and life beyond.
It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of young adults. Leading Universities worldwide recognize and respect the outstanding and varied qualities of IB Diploma students.
The IB Diploma Programme curriculum is made up of the DP Core and Six Subject Groups.
The Diploma Programme Core
The Extended Essay asks students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying. The world studies extended essay option allows students to focus on a topic of global significance, which they examine through the lens of at least two DP projects.
The Theory of Knowledge develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. In this course on critical thinking, students inquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction.
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme. Creativity encourages students to engage in the arts and creative thinking. Action seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Service with the community offers a vehicle for a new learning with academic value. The three strands of CAS enhance students’ personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning and enable journeys of self-discovery.
The Six Subject Groups
1. Studies in Language and Literature
2. Language Acquisition
3. Individuals and Societies
6. The Arts
Each Subject Group offers different courses and students must choose one subject from each of the first five groups and either an Arts subject or second subject from groups 1 to 5.
Students take written examinations at the end of the DP, which are 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 marks awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). Students can also be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results on Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay. The 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 that a DP student can be awarded is 45 points.
Why the Diploma Programme?
The DP prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society as they:
• Develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
• Acquire breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, studying courses from 6 subject groups
• Develop the skills and a positive attitude toward learning that will prepare them for higher education
• Study at least two languages and increase the understanding of cultures, including their own
• Make connections across traditional academic disciplines and explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course
• Undertake in-depth research into an area of interest through the lens of one or more academic disciplines in the extended essay
• Enhance their personal and interpersonal development through creativity, action and service
To find out more about the DP, please either visit www.ibo.org/diploma or come and meet our DP Coordinator at RIS.