Understanding the IBDP

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is the most sought-after curriculum for the world’s top universities. Students who go through this rigorous academic curriculum acquire the necessary skills essential for their excellence in tertiary education as well as various disciplines throughout their life.

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What is the IB Diploma Education?

The IBDP was first established in 1968 by teachers from the International School of Geneva. The programme was designed for students aged 16-19 to provide them with a balanced education and promote an international understanding. Innovative, committed teachers and examiners from around the world have since played a significant role in the development of the programme.

Through the DP, schools can develop students who:

  • have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge
  • flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally, and ethically
  • Are bilingual
  • excel in traditional academic subjects
  • explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course


To be eligible for the IB Diploma certificate, each student is required to enroll for six IB courses, with one subject taken from groups 1 to 5 and one from Group 6 or any other group within the curriculum model.

  • Group 1: Language A ( Language and Literature)
  • Group 2: Second Language (Language and Acquisition)
  • Group 3: Individuals and Societies
  • Group 4: Experimental Sciences
  • Group 5: Mathematics
  • Group 6: Arts OR One Subject from Group 1

Important to mention that IBDP students are required to take their 6 selected subjects at different levels; High Level (HL) or Standard Level (SL). A student cannot take more than three subjects at any given level. Taking a course at HL or SL is contingent on the students’ passion and prospective university course selections.

AIS IBDP course list:

  • Language and Literature
  • Literature
  • French
  • Spanish Ab Initio
  • Spanish
  • Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS)
  • Information Technology for Global Society (ITGS)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Business and Management
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Mathematics

In addition to their six selected subjects, all IB Diploma students must complete:

  1. A course in the Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  2. A 4,000-word Extended Essay on a subject of their choice
  3. A Creativity, Activity, & Service (CAS) program


Theory of Knowledge: The TOK program enhances students and educators’ critical thinking,deepening their understanding of content and connections across disciplines. It allows them to reflect on the nature of knowledge and how we know what we claim to know.

Extended Essay: The EE improves students’ approach to learning in higher education through an independent self-directed 4,000 word piece of research.

Creativity, Activity and Service: This project helps students develop an ethic of service, become more caring, open-minded and reflective. It encourages students to embark on impactful projects in their communities.

Successful fulfillment of the IBDP requirements affords students the chance to graduate with a prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma recognized globally.


While most of the IBDP courses entail a written examination, some subject areas require students to complete externally assessed coursework whose components include:

  • essays
  • structured problems
  • short-response questions
  • data-response questions
  • text-response questions
  • case-study questions
  • multiple-choice questions

Certain components of the DP core will also require students to produce their own course work which constitute the Internal Assessments these comprise of:

  • Oral work in languages
  • Fieldwork in geography
  • Laboratory work in the sciences
  • Investigations in mathematics
  • Artistic performances.

Why Choose AIS IB School ?


IBDP graduates are more likely to be enrolled at top higher education institutions than entrants holding other qualifications.


Our CAS program (Creativity, Action, and Service) allows students to learn outside the classroom and interact with their surrounding community, promoting a pluralistic culture.


Our Extended Essays and Internal Assessments are designed to improve our students’ research skills and promote a culture of self-discipline through independent study.


We teach our students how to analyze and evaluate issues from a critical standpoint and generate effective solutions to modern-day issues


Our language courses nurture global citizens who can easily adapt anywhere in the world both culturally and linguistically


The DP is recognized globally by top universities and employers.


The rigorous nature of the program enables students to develop effective time-management skills coupled with great self-discipline


Theory of knowledge (TOK) classes encourage you to make connections between subjects.


The IBDP ensures students develop a concrete understanding of their course concepts and can transfer their skills to real-life scenarios

  • Group 1: Language A ( Language and Literature)
  • Group 2: Second Language (Language and Acquisition)
  • Group 3: Individuals and Societies
  • Group 4: Experimental Sciences
  • Group 5: Mathematics
  • Group 6: Arts OR One Subject from Group 1

Further, all IB Diploma students must choose three or two courses at Standard level (SL) and the rest at Higher Level

In addition, all IB Diploma students must complete:

  • A course in the Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • A 4,000-word Extended Essay in a subject of their choice
  • A Creativity, Activity, & Service (CAS) programme