Diploma Program

Diploma Program

Andalus International School has an ultimate goal to become a continuum IB World School by gaining the full authorization of the Diploma Program (DP) in the academic year 2023/2024.

The Diploma Programme is a demanding pre-university course of study for students in grades 11 and 12 which has earned an international reputation for excellence.

The IB DP Curriculum model consists of six subject groups and a core programme. At the center of the program is the IB Learner Profile.

IB Diploma students are required to study six subjects chosen from the six subject groups concurrently for two years. A student has to take at least one subject from each group except for group six (arts and electives), which allows the option of taking another subject from groups 1 – 4.

The IB requires that all students choose at least 3 and no more than 4 subjects at Higher Level (HL), and the rest at Standard Level (SL). The difference between the Standard Level and Higher Level courses is in-depth and breadth. The HL courses compromise at least 240 teaching hours compared to 150 hours for the SL subjects. The choice of SL and HL courses is based on students’ interests, strengths, and future plans.

IB Diploma holders have access to the world’s leading universities. Students who complete two years in the Diploma Programme or one or more of the certificate courses affirm that they are well prepared for university work.
The IB Diploma Programme curriculum is a model with the student at the center (Learner Profile), surrounded by the three core requirements (Theory of Knowledge, Creativity, Activity & Service and the Extended Essay) and the six core subject areas.

The Core Programme

In addition to the six academic subjects, the three elements of the Core Program:
Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay, and Creativity, Action, Service — are an integral part of the diploma programme as follows:

  1. Theory Of Knowledge “TOK”

TOK is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical). (IBO, 2007).

  1. The Extended Essay “EE”

EE is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying. (IBO, 2007)

  1. Creativity, Activity, Service “CAS”

Students are required to finish certain number of CAS hours where they actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately. (IBO, 2007)

Over The Course Of The Two-Year Programme, Students:

study six subjects chosen from the six subject groups above

✓ complete an extended essay (EE)

✓ complete a theory of knowledge course (TOK)

✓ participate in creativity, action, service (CAS).

Normally Students Study:

✓ three of the six subjects at higher level (HL)

✓ and the remaining three subjects at standard level (SL).

For more information about the International Baccalaureate (IB) or the Diploma Programme, please visit their website at www.ibo.org