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.

Subject Groups

Group 1

Language or Language and Literature

Italian Literature or

English Literature or

English Language & Literature


Group 2

Language acquisition

Italian, English, French,

Spanish or German

plus ab initio languages


Group 3

Individuals and Societies

Business Management,  Psychology,

Economics, ESS, History & Philosophy



Group 4


Biology, Chemistry,

Computer Science,

Design Technology, ESS & Physics


Group 5


Mathematics HL/SL

Applications & Interpretations

Analysis & Approaches

Group 6

The Arts

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.

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