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Diploma Program

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepare students for success at university and life beyond. The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities as it prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society.

A Learner-Centred, Contextual Approach

Students are required to study one subject from each of the five subject groups (Language & Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Experimental Sciences and Mathematics), along with an arts subject from group 6, or a second subjects from groups 1 to 5. All DP students must choose three courses at Higher Level (HL) and three courses at Standard Level (SL). 

Thus, curriculum in the MYP is developed with the learner and his or her needs and goals toward this development at its heart. The end result, we find, is a student who exemplifies the IB learner profile. This profile of personal qualities, rather than a narrow focus on subject and fact mastery, is what will make such a difference in a student’s future.

Diploma Program - International School In Brussels
Diploma Program - International School In Brussels

A Knowledge-Based Approach

In addition to disciplinary and interdisciplinary study, the Diploma Programme features three core elements that broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills: the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Action, Service (CAS).

Diploma Programme Subjects

Group 1 (Language & Literature)

    • Language A
    • Language A SSST (SL)

Group 2 (Language Acquisition)

    • Language B 

Group 3 (Individuals & Societies)

    • Psychology
    • Business
    • Economics
    • History
    • Environment Systems and Societies*

Group 4 (Sciences)

  • Environmental Systems and Societies*
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Group 5 (Mathematics)

    • Analysis and approaches
    • Applications and interpretations

 Group 6 (Arts)

    • Visual Art


Choose 1 from each group**

You take 3 as HL & 3 as SL

* Can be taken as either a group 3 or 4 (SL only)

** Group 6 is optional – you can take a 2nd subject from group 2, 3 or 4

Which Maths should I choose?

  • Mathematics: analysis and approaches
    • Mathematics, engineering, physical sciences, some economics
  • Mathematics: applications and interpretation
    • Social sciences
    • Natural sciences
    • Medicine
    • Statistics
    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Some economics
    • Psychology 
    • Design

IB Core subjects

  • TOK = Theory of Knowledge ‘How do we know what we know?’
  • EE = Extended Essay – in-depth independently researched essay of 4000 words on a subject of your choice.
  • CAS – Creativity, Activity, Service.
  • Need to fulfil CAS requirement to pass IB DP. 
  • Cannot receive an E in either TOK or EE.

What's CAS?

CAS is at the heart of the Diploma Program. You will be involved in a range of activities beyond the academic classroom.

CAS enables you to enhance your personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning. It provides a counterbalance to the academic pressures of the rest of the Diploma Program. It provides a personal journey of self-discovery while being challenging and enjoyable.

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