The Diploma Programme (DP)

The final element of the International Baccalaureate, the Diploma Programme (DP) is a well-rounded and challenging curriculum, which we believe is the gold standard of education. Taken instead of A Levels, the DP continues the philosophy seen in the Primary and Middle Years Programmes.

The DP focuses on 10 attributes, which its students will gain throughout their study. These are:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

The DP programme prepares students for life at university and beyond. We encourage our students to ask challenging questions and learn how to learn – not just pass exams. We prompt students to develop a sense of identity and become confident communicators.

The curriculum itself is structured around a broad range of subjects studied over the two-year period. Students develop critical thinking and independent learning skills, fully preparing them for the demands of university and their chosen career. 

DP subjects

DP students study six subjects, three at higher level and three at standard level. The grade is then combined with the core components of ‘extended essay’, ‘theory of knowledge’ and ‘creativity, action, service.’

Students choose a subject from each of the six groups, which are:

  • Language and literature
  • Language acquisition
  • Individuals and societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • The arts

Read our DP guide (PDF) 

Read more about the DP on the International Baccalaureate website