The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme
IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
The IB Diploma Programme (DP) aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. The DP was established to provide students with a balanced education, to facilitate geographic and cultural mobility and to promote international understanding.
It was created by teachers at the International School of Geneva, with assistance from several other international schools. Since then, innovative and committed teachers and examiners from around the world have played a significant role in the development of the programme. Presently, there are over 3,182 schools offering the DP in 153 different countries worldwide.
IB Diploma Curriculum Framework
The Diploma curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups. Made up of the three required components, the DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.
The three core elements are:
- Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
- The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.
- Creativity, activity, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.
The six subject groups are:
- Studies in language and literature
- Language acquisition
- Individuals and societies
- The arts
There are different courses within each subject group.
(IBDP Learner Profile)
What makes the IB DP unique?
The IB DP is different from other curricula because it:
- Encourages students to think critically and challenge assumptions
- Incorporates quality practice from research and our global community of schools
- Encourages students to consider both local and global contexts
- Develops multilingual students
The IB DP provides a continuum of education, that is united by the IB’s philosophy and approaches to learning and teaching. The programme encourages both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.
IB DP incorporates quality practice from national and international research and the IB global community. It encourages students to be international-minded, within a complex and hyper-connected world. Through IB, students learn how to learn.
This programme helps students to:
- Ask challenging questions
- Think critically
- develop research skills proven to help them in
IB DP also encourages students to be active in their communities and to take their learning beyond academic studies.
IBDP at Discovery Centre
The IBDP is internationally and nationally recognised and the school aims to develop students with excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students to flourish intellectually, emotionally, physically and ethically. Beaconhouse Defence Campus looks forward to welcoming a diverse range of students with creative minds into an enriching and insightful IB journey.
- English Language and Literature
- French ab initio
- Business and Management
- Computer Science
- Visual Arts
- World History