About the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)

The DP is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education.

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is open to any student aged 16-19.   It addresses the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students, and is respected by universities across the globe.

Each of the IB’s programmes, including the DP, is committed to the development of students according to the attributes shown in the IB learner profile and is recognized and respected by the world’s leading universities, and evidence suggests that higher rates of DP students go on to university and higher education study than non-IB students with more than 3,300 higher education institutions each year, in close to 90 countries the most popular of these institutions are ranked among the top universities in the world.

To qualify for the Diploma Programme a student must meet the promotion criteria in MYP5, Year 11 in the British system or Grade 10 in the American system or appropriate to your educational programme.  The DP programme is a rigorous two-year pre-university course. The students are required to select six (or 7) subjects from six different subject areas.

  • Language and Literature - English Language & Literature HL & SL, English Literature HL ,Dutch Language & Literature HL & SL, Another A language SL

  • Language Acquisition- French HL & SL, Spanish HL & SL, Dutch HL & SL Another B language HL & SL or Ab initio

  • Individuals and Societies - History HL & SL, Geography HL & SL, Economics HL & SL, Business Management HL

  • Sciences - Chemistry HL & SL, Physics HL & SL, Biology HL, Environmental Systems and Societies SL

  • Mathematics A & A Higher Level (Previously Math Higher Level), Mathematics A & A Standard Level  (Previously Math Standard Level) and Mathematical A & I Standard Level (Previously Math Studies Standard Level).

    Note: from 2019-2020 the IBO is no longer offering Further Maths.

  • Arts - Visual Arts, Music or another Individual and Societies/Language/Science - HL & SL

At least three subjects -but no more than 4- are taken at Higher Level and three subjects at Standard Level. The decision to take a subject at higher or standard level is determined by the student’s academic abilities and the requirements set by institutions for higher education.

DP Core subjects

In addition to these subjects the programme has three core components: Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and an Extended Essay (EE) in a subject chosen by the student. In the first year of the Diploma Programme students take part in a travel week, which gives them learning opportunities outside the academic curriculum. Students who gain at least the required minimum amount of credits and complete the core components successfully, are awarded the widely recognised IB Diploma.

Subject clashes - 2020-21 

These are updated annually depending on the number of students applying for specific courses, teacher availability and timetabling:

  • Category 1  - Visual Arts HL/SL clashes with Chemistry HL/SL
  • Category 2 -  Physics HL clashes with Biology HL, and/or ESS SL     
  • Category 3 -  Geography HL/SL clashes with Music HL/SL and/or Economics HL/SL  and/or History SL
  • Category 4 -  Business Management HL clashes with History HL and/or  Maths A & A HL 
  • Category 5 -  Environmental Systems & Societies (ESS) SL clashes with Geography SL    
  • Category 6 -   French B HL/SL clashes with Physics SL and/or Spanish B HL/SL
  • Category 7 -   Economics HL/SL clashes with Business Management HL

How to read the clashes-list/clusters:

  • If you choose Physics SL, you cannot have French B or Spanish B.  
  • If you choose Business, do not choose Economics. 
  • If you choose Maths A&A HL, you cannot have History HL. 
  • If you choose Music, you cannot choose Economics, Geography. or
    History SL
  • If you have Ess, you cannot have Geography SL, but you can choose Geography HL.  etc.

Correct as of 23.04.20