IB Diploma and High School Diploma
The International Baccalaureate Diploma (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education. It addresses the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students, and is respected by universities across the globe. Each of the IB’s programmes, including the DP, is committed to the development of students according to the attributes shown in the IB learner profile.
Students choose courses from the following subject groups: studies in language and literature; language acquisition; individuals and societies; sciences; mathematics; and the arts. Students may opt to study an additional sciences, individuals and societies, or languages course, instead of a course in the arts.
Students will take some subjects at higher level (HL) and some at standard level (SL). HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at a higher level. Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level.
Standard level subjects take up 150 teaching hours. Higher level comprises 240 teaching hours.
Three further requirements contribute to the unique nature of the IB Diploma: the compulsory participation in CAS (Creativity, Activity, and Service); the Extended Essay which demands independent work under appropriate guidance and gives students a first experience of personal research; and a course on the Theory of Knowledge, which explores the relationship between the disciplines and ensures that students engage in critical reflection on the knowledge and experience acquired, both within, and beyond the classroom.