IB Diploma Programme

The IB Diploma Programme

The 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(EE)

Through the DP core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service. The DP is open to any student aged 16 to 19.

The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups.

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:

  • 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 additional sciences, individuals, and societies, or languages course, instead of a course in the arts.

Students will take some subjects at the 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 the 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


The subjects offered within the 6 groups  are


GroupsSubjects Offered
Group 1English A-
Language and Literature HL/SL
Group 2French B  HL/SL
French ab initio SL
German B HL/SL
German Ab initio SL
Hindi B SL
Group 3Business & Management HL/SL
Economics HL/SL
History HL/SL
Psychology HL.SL
Group 4Physics HL/SL
Chemistry HL/SL
Biology HL/SL
Computer Science HL/SL
Group 5Mathematics HL/SL
Studies SL
Group 6Visual Arts HL/SL

The student has to choose one subject from each group. Group 6 is optional so the student can choose that extra subject from Group 3, 4 or 5 .

DP Course:

The student can go for the Course/Certificate if not the Diploma.

He/she can choose any 5 subjects from the above groups (depending on the course one wants to pursue and the University requirements)

The Core becomes optional.