The IB Diploma Programme (DP) was created in 1968. It is a demanding pre university course of study that leads to examinations. It is designed for highly motivated high school students aged 16 to 19. The programme is a comprehensive two-year international curriculum, available in Nazareth High School in English. Internationally mobile students are able to transfer from one DP school to another.
The Diploma Programme curriculum
The Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum consists of the obligatory Core of three elements (Theory of Knowledge, the Extended Essay and Creativity, Activity, Service) and six subject groups. Students choose one subject from each group,
three of which need to be taken at the Standard Level and three at the Higher Level.
Theory of knowledge (TOK)
TOK is an interdisciplinary requirement intended to stimulate critical reflection on the knowledge and experience gained
inside and outside the classroom. The course challenges students to question the basis of knowledge, to be aware of
subjective and ideological biases, and to develop the ability to analyse evidence that is expressed in rational argument.
Creativity, activity, service (CAS)
The CAS component encourages students to share their energy and special talents with others. Students may, for
example, participate in theatre or musical productions, sports and community service activities. Students should, through these activities, develop greater awareness of themselves, concern for others, and the ability to work cooperatively
with other people.
The Extended Essay (EE)
The essay requirement acquaints DP students with the kind of independent research and writing skills expected by universities. The IB recommends that a student devote a total of about 40 hours of private study and writing time to the essay of maximum 4000 words. The essay permits students to deepen their programmes of study, for example by selecting a topic in one of their higher level (HL) courses.
Group 1 – Studies in language and literature
The courses offer a broad range of texts, and students grow to appreciate a language’s complexity, wealth and subtleties in a variety of contexts. At Nazareth High School students are offered Polish Literature (SL/HL) and English Language and Literature (SL/HL). Other languages can be studied as School-Supported Self-Taught (SSST) Literature (SL only), but the student will need to find a tutor to assist with their study of the language.
Group 2 – Language acquisition
The principal aim for the subjects in group 2 is to enable students to use the language in a range of contexts and for
many purposes; the courses focus on written and spoken communication. At Nazareth High School, subjects offered
at Group 2 include English B, German B and French B, all at Standard or Higher Level.
Group 3 – Individuals and societies
Subjects from this group are designed to foster the capacity to identify, analyse critically and evaluate theories, concepts and arguments relating to the nature and activities of individuals and societies. At Nazareth High School we offer
Business Management (SL/HL), Geography (SL/HL) and History (SL/HL) within Group 3.
Group 4 – Sciences
The subjects available in group 4 at Nazareth High School are Biology (SL/HL), Chemistry (SL/HL) and Physics (SL/HL). Practical laboratory skills are developed and collaborative learning is encouraged through an interdisciplinary group project.
Group 5 – mathematics
All DP students are required to complete a mathematics course, and two options are available to cater for different abilities and levels of student interest. At Nazareth High School, we offer Mathematics: Application and interpretation (SL) and Mathematics: Analysis and approaches (SL/HL).
Group 6 – the arts
Since subjects from this group are not available in our school, instead of a group 6 subject, a student should select an additional subject from groups 1 to 4.
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