IBDP Curriculum

Choice of Subjects for IBDP

The IB is a rigorous program which involves studying DP core and a minimum of six subjects, three or maximum four at higher level (HL) and three or two at standard level (SL). 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). These include two languages, one subject from individuals and societies (group 3), one experimental science (group 4), one mathematics subject (group 5), and one subject from the arts (group 6) or in place of one from group 6, student can chose another subject from either group 3 or group 4 to qualify for the IB diploma certification.

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature

  • English A: Language & Literature HL & SL
  • English HL & SL
  • Literature and performance (in English) SL
  • Language A: (Self- taught School supported Course, Mother tongue or strongest language SL only)

Group 2:Language acquisition

  • French ab initio SL
  • Spanish ab initio SL
  • Spanish B SL & HL
  • French B SL &HL
  • English B SL & HL

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

  • Economics SL & HL
  • Psychology SL&HL
  • Business Management HL& SL

Group 4: Sciences

  • Design Technology SL & HL
  • Biology SL & HL
  • Chemistry SL & HL
  • Physics SL & HL
  • Computer Science SL & HL
  • Environmental Systems and Societies SL**

Group 5: Mathematics

  • Mathematics SL & HL
  • Analysis & Approaches SL &HL
  • Applications & Interpretations SL & HL

Group 6: The Arts

  • Visual Arts SL & HL
  • Theatre SL & HL
  • Film SL & HL

**As a transdisciplinary subject, Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS) satisfies requirements for both group 4 (the experimental sciences) and group 3 (individuals and societies). ESS students may therefore choose another subject from any of the six groups (including another group 3 or 4 subject). ESS is offered only at the Standard Level (SL).

Students must also:

  • Complete at least 100 hours of instruction in an interdisciplinary course called Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • Complete an extended essay of 4000-5000 words involving independent research in an IB subject
  • Participate in an approved 150 hour program of creative, active and community service activities (CAS or Creativity, Activity and Service)

Parents are advised to do their own research on the admission requirements at the leading universities before deciding on the choice of subjects for the IB diploma programme.

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