IB Diploma Programme
The core components of the Diploma Programme (DP) consist of a 4000-word research paper, critical analysis of the nature of knowledge and activities focusing on creativity, action and service, which provide an appropriate balance to the academic rigour of the programme.
Importance is placed on critical, reflective and holistic thinking, collaborative working, individual initiative, personal organisation and planning.
As well as the core elements mentioned above, students must take six different subjects, at least three of which are studied at higher level and three at standard level. These include:
Group 1: Language and Literature
Group 2: Language Acquisition
Group 3: Individuals and Societies
Group 4: Sciences
Group 5: Mathematics
Group 6: The Arts or another subject from Groups 1 to 5.
IB Rules for DP
Diploma course offerings
Group 1: Language and Literature. We endeavour to provide a teacher for every student's mother tongue or first language. Current and recently offered languages at higher and standard levels include English, Spanish, Arabic, French, and Italian. Portuguese, Greek, Dutch, Serbian and Thai are also offered as school-supported self-taught courses.
Group 2: Acquired Language. We offer Arabic, French and Spanish at higher level, standard level or ab initio (standard level only). Students may choose another language from Group 1, while other languages may be offered subject to demand and availability. All students study English in Group 1 or 2.
Group 3: Individuals and Societies. Students can choose to study geography, history, business management or global politics at either higher or standard level. Psychology and economics are offered as online courses.
Group 4: Sciences. Biology, chemistry or physics at higher or standard level.
Group 5: Mathematics. Mathematics at higher or standard levels or mathematical studies at standard level.
Group 6: The Arts. Students can either take visual arts, film, theatre arts at higher or standard level, music at standard level or choose another subject from Groups 1 to 5, subject to timetable restrictions.