THE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is a challenging two-year curriculum, primarily aimed at students aged 16 to 19. It leads to a qualification that is widely recognised by the world’s leading universities.Students learn more than a collection of facts. The Diploma Programme prepares students for university and encourages them to:
THE DP CURRICULUMThe curriculum contains six subject groups together with a core made up of three separate parts. Normally three subjects are studied at higher level (courses representing 240 teaching hours), and the remaining three subjects are studied at standard level (courses representing 150 teaching hours). All three parts of the core - extended essay, theory of knowledge (TOK) and creativity, activity, service (CAS) - are compulsory and are central to the philosophy of the Diploma Programme.
EXTENDED ESSAYThe extended essay has a prescribed limit of 4,000 words. It offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of individual interest and acquaints students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university.THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE (TOK)The interdisciplinary TOK course is designed to provide coherence by exploring the nature of knowledge across disciplines, encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives.
CREATIVITY, ACTIVITY, SERVICE (CAS)Participation in the school’s CAS programme encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service work, thus fostering students’ awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena.For more information about the DP, please visit the following websites/brochures:Upper School websiteIB Diploma Programme BrochureFrequently Asked Questions about the IB DPInformation for Parents
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