IB Diploma Programme

IB Diploma Programme


The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is an evaluated programme for students aged 16 to 19. Leading colleges all around the world hold it in high regard.

The programme seeks to produce students with a broad and deep knowledge base, as well as individuals who succeed physically, academically, emotionally, and ethically.

Salient Features


In the Diploma Programme, the IB employs both external and internal assessment.

External assessment

  • essays
  • structured problems
  • short-response questions
  • data-response questions
  • text-response questions
  • case-study questions
  • multiple-choice questions – though these are rarely used. 

Internal assessment

Teacher assessment includes:

  • oral work in languages
  • fieldwork in geography
  • laboratory work in the sciences
  • investigations in mathematics
  • artistic performances.


The Diploma Program (DP) is accessible to any student aged 16 to 19 who attends a school that has been approved to provide it.

Curricular Structure

The Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum comprises six subject groups and the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS), and the extended essay.

Students reflect on the nature of knowledge, do independent research, and complete a project that typically includes community service as part of the Diploma Programme (DP) core.