Since its creation in 1968, the Diploma Programme qualification has remained constant. Its value and credibility are unaffected by grade inflation. It continues to instil students with qualities that will remain with them for life instead of simply equipping them with the more limited range of skills required to get through a set of exams.

This two-year qualification provides a breadth and depth of understanding that is highly prized by universities across the world and by employers. It opens doors of opportunity for its students, providing them with the skills they will require at university and beyond.

The Diploma Programme, now over 50 years old, is suited to young people who aspire to University. It was designed to develop and challenge young people intellectually, physically, emotionally, and ethically as they acquire an understanding of six subject groups and complete ‘core’ experiences. The pupils who opt for the IB Diploma Programme will enjoy a real breadth of subject areas whilst increasing their understanding of cultures and other ways of thinking.

Over two years, pupils study six subjects – three at standard level and three at a more advanced, higher level. The subjects are chosen from six required groups, ensuring that pupils emerge after two years with a well-rounded education.

In addition to disciplinary and interdisciplinary study, the Diploma Programme features three core elements that broaden pupils’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills. These core elements are compulsory and are:

Theory of Knowledge

Theory of knowledge develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. In this course on critical thinking, pupils inquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction.

An extended, 4,000-word, undergraduate-level essay

The extended essay asks pupils to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying. This component is fantastic preparation for undergraduate study.

Creativity, Activity and Service

Creativity, activity, service (CAS) involves pupils in a range of activities alongside their academic studies. Creativity encourages the pupil to engage in the arts and creative thinking. Activity seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Service with the community offers a vehicle for new learning with academic value. The three strands of CAS enhance pupils’ personal and interpersonal development.

You can find out more about the IB Diploma Progamme here

IB Careers-related Programme

SQA Pathway

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