The DP curriculum is made up of 6 subject groups and the DP core.
The 6 subject groups are as follows: Studies in Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics and the Arts. Students will choose one subject from each subject group, with the exception of the arts. Instead of a subject in the arts, students may opt to study a second subject from additional sciences, individuals and societies or languages.
Of the 6 subjects, you must take at least 3 at the Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL). Higher Level subjects cover more content, involve greater depth and comprise 250 teaching hours, while Standard Level subjects cover foundational content and comprise 150 teaching hours.
||Studies in Language and Literature
||– Language A: Literature
– Language A: Language and Literature
– Literature and Performance
– Language ab initio
– Language B
– Classical Greek
||Individuals and Societies
||– Business Management
– Global Politics
– Information Technology in a Global Society
– Social and Cultural Anthropology
– World Religions
– Computer Science
– Design Technology
– Environmental Systems and Societies*
– Sports, Exercise, and Health Science*Interdisciplinary subject that also counts for Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)
||– Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches
– Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation
– Visual Arts
In addition to 6 academic subjects, students also need to fulfil the DP core requirements. The DP comprises of three aspects:
- Extended Essay: Students are introduced to and guided in self-directed research on a chosen topic, culminating in the writing of an approximately 4,000-word essay.
- Theory of Knowledge (ToK): ToK is a foundational course that all DP students take, helping them to explore and understand the problematic and holistic nature of knowledge. Students are expected to write a 1600 word paper and give an oral presentation.
- Creativity, Action, Service (C.A.S.): a programme designed to help students develop their creativity, well-being and commitment to serve the communities in which they live and beyond. For each of the components, the following are examples of activities that students are encouraged to take participate in:
- Creativity – arts or any projects that involve creative thinking
- Activity – physical activities such as sports
- Service – volunteering at community organizations