IB Diploma Programme students study 6 courses at higher level (HL) or standard level (SL). The IB curriculum is modelled by a hexagon with six academic areas surrounding the three core requirements. Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5, thus ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics. The sixth subject may be an arts subject chosen from group 6, or the student may choose another subject from groups 1 to 5. (http://www.ibo.org/diploma)
3 of the subjects chosen can be studied at HL, the remainder at SL. In the LAIS, subjects, other than languages, are taught and examined in English.
In addition, the programme has three core requirements students must complete over the course of their two-year programme to receive the IB Diploma:
- the Extended Essay (approximately 4000 words)
- the interdisciplinary Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course
- a minimum of 150 hours of creativity, action, service (CAS) activities
The grades awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). Students can also be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results on Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay. Therefore, the highest total that a Diploma Programme student can be awarded is 45 points.
The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole diploma and to satisfactory participation in CAS.
For more information, see www.ibo.org.