What is the DP?
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is an assessed programme for students aged 16 to 19. It is respected by leading universities across the globe.
What the DP offers students
Through the DP, schools are able to develop students who:
• have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge • flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically • study at least two languages • excel in traditional academic subjects • explore the nature of knowledge through the programme's unique theory of knowledge course.
Why offer the DP?
International research shows that there are many benefits to choosing the DP over other 16-19 curricula. For example:
• DP students are better able than their peers to cope with demanding workloads, manage their time and meet the expectations placed on them, according to one study • Analysis of DP students in Canada, the UK and the USA found that the DP's extended essay improves students' approach to learning in higher education • 72% of students taking the DP in China attend one of the world's top 500 universities, according to a 2013 study.
The DP curriculum
The Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay.
Through the Diploma Programme (DP) core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service.
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum sets out the requirements for study of the DP.
The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups.
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.
The three core elements are:
• Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know. • The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper. • Creativity, activity, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.
The six subject groups are:
The three core elements are:
• Studies in language and literature • Language acquisition • Individuals and societies • Sciences • Mathematics • The arts
Choosing subjects in the Diploma Programme
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 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.
Assessment and exams
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) assesses student work as direct evidence of achievement against the stated goals of the Diploma Programme (DP) courses.
Subjects Group 1 Language A: English A Language & Literature HL/SL Group 2 Language Acquisition: Language Acquisition Hindi B SL/HL, French B SL, French AB Initio SL, Spanish AB Initio SL Group 3 Individual & Societies: Economics SL/HL, Business Managment SL/HL, Psychology SL/HL & Environmental System Societies SL Group 4 Sciences: Sciences, Biology SL/HL, Chemistry SL/HL, Physics SL/HL & Computer Science HL/SL. Group 5 Mathmatics: Math SL/HL, Math Studies SL Group 6 Visual Arts: Visual Art HL/SL