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Subjects and programs

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Students of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme must study six subjects - a minimum of three at higher level (maximum of four). The six subjects do not include TOK, CAS and EE and must be chosen from the six groupings outlined below. 

Students are able to study two subjects from Group 4 instead of a Group 6 subject. 

Students are able to study two subjects from Group 6 instead of a Group 4 subject. In this case, students must select Environmental, Systems and Societies (ESS) in Group 3 as their Science as ESS is a transdiciplinary subject which can be selected as a Group 3 or Group 4 subject. ​

Group 1 – Language A: English A Language and Literature

Group 2Language Acquisition / Language B: French, Spanish, Mandarin,  Language B

Group 3Individuals and Societies: Business Management, Environmental Systems and Societies, Psychology, Global Politics.

Group 4Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Systems and Societies, Design Technology​.

Group 5Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations; Analysis and Approaches

Group 6 – Arts – DanceMusicTheatreVisual Artsand Film.

In Year 10, Biology, Chemistry, ESS, and Physics are combined as one single
multi-stringed science subject (Science).

A full list of subjects offered can be found in the subject matrix (PDF, 365KB).

The IB Diploma curriculum is modelled by a Diploma Curriculum Framework with 6 academic areas surrounding the three core requirements.

Over the course of the 2 year program, students:

Normally students’ study loads consist of:

  • three of the 6 subjects studied at High Level (courses representing 240 teaching hours)

  • the remaining 3 subjects are studied at Standard Level (courses representing 150 teaching hours)

  • CAS, EE, and TOK



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Last reviewed 09 June 2021
Last updated 09 June 2021