The Diploma Programme (DP)

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The Diploma Programme (DP) is the final element of the International Baccalaureate. It is a well-rounded and challenging curriculum, seen by many as the gold standard of education.

Diploma Subjects

The curriculum is structured around a broad range of subjects studied over the two-year period. Students study six subjects, three at higher level and three at standard level. They choose one subject from each of the six groups, which are:

  • Language and literature

  • Language acquisition

  • Individuals and societies

  • Sciences

  • Mathematics

  • The arts

The grade is then combined with three more components. These are the extended essay, a theory of knowledge course, and the creativity, action, and service programme.

Learner Profile

ICS teachers help students understand 10 attributes to help them become good learners. These are:

  • Inquirers

  • Knowledgeable

  • Thinkers

  • Communicators

  • Principled

  • Open-minded

  • Caring

  • Risk-takers

  • Balanced

  • Reflective

Preparation for university, work and life beyond

ICS teaches students how to ask challenging questions. Students learn how to learn, as well as how to pass exams. They also develop their identity and become confident presenters. All this prepares them for the demands of university, their chosen career, and life beyond.

ICS Graduation 2017 at the Dorchester Hotel, London

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