Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate


The IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging and balanced programme with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and life Diploma Programme is the most exclusive programme and is aimed at the senior students. Though originally it is a 3-year programme, in Russia it is allowed to be realized during the 10th and 11th grades. All schools implementing the Diploma Programme work using specially created by IB organizations subjects’ curricula. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum sets out the requirements for study of the DP.

Established in 1968, the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) was the first programme offered by the IB and is taught to students aged 16-19.

As of 12 November 2014, there are 2,627 schools offering the DP, in 140 different countries worldwide.

The DP was established in 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.

An IB DP education is unique because of its rigorous academic and personal standards. IB programmes challenge students to excel not only in their studies but also in their personal growth. The IB aims to inspire a lifelong quest for learning hallmarked by enthusiasm and empathy. To that end, the IB gathers a worldwide community of supporters who celebrate our common humanity and who share a belief that education can help to build a better world.

The 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 Diploma Programme requires students to become independent learners and each individual’s timetable will include time for personal study and research in preparation for life at University.

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, action, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.


The six subject groups are:


There are different courses within each subject group.

Students will take some subjects at higher level (HL) and some at standard level (SL).  HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level.

Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level.

Standard level subjects take up 150 teaching hours. Higher level comprises 240 teaching hours.

Subjects are taught in one of the working languages of the organization: English, French or Spanish.



The IB DP graduate is

Creative and critically thinking citizen, well-informed participant of local an global events, sharing human values, respecting different cultures of the humankind, a lifelong learner able to work in a team, ready to be responsible for the results of his/her actions.

Through the DP, students:

  • have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge;
  • flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically;
  • learn at least two languages;
  • excel in traditional academic subjects;
  • explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course.



Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate is acknowledged by more than 700 universities in more than 124 countries of the world, including Oxford, Yale, Sorbonne, Harvard, London School of Economy, etc.


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