A world-wide recognised Diploma
The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is a rigorous, academically challenging and balanced two-year programme of education designed to prepare students aged 16 to 19 for success at university and in life beyond.
The DP is preceded by the IB’s Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP). The three programmes are philosophically aligned, each centred on developing attributes of the IB learner profile. The programmes are consistent in their pedagogical approach.
How does it work?
The Programme is made up of 3 core elements (Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Activity and Service) and six subject groups.
Students should choose one subject from each of the six groups (from 1 to 6), or five subject from each of 1 to 5 groups and a second subject from groups 2, 3, or 4.
Three subjects are to be taken at “Higher Level” and three are to be taken at “Standard Level.”
Higher-level subjects require 257 class hours over two years while Standard-level subjects require 160 class hours over two years. Students can thus choose to select HL subjects according to their interests or abilities.
Language or Language and Literature
Italian Literature or
English Literature or
English Language & Literature
Italian, English, French,
Spanish or German
plus ab initio languages
Individuals and Societies
Business Management, Psychology,
Economics, ESS, History & Philosophy
Design Technology, ESS & Physics
Applications & Interpretations
Analysis & Approaches
Another Group 1, 2, 3 or 4 subject
In addition, the Diploma Programme features three core elements:
EE — Extended Essay
The Extended Essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, concluding with a 4000-word paper.
TOK — Theory of Knowledge
TOK asks students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know.
CAS — Creativity, Activity, Service
CAS enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development by learning through experience. It provides opportunities for self-determination and collaboration with others, fostering a sense of accomplishment and enjoyment from their work.