Diploma Programme (DP)

What is the Diploma Programme (DP)?

Established in 1968, the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) was the first programme offered by the IB and is taught to students in grades 11 and 12.

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is recognized and respected by the world’s leading universities, and evidence suggests that higher rates of DP students go on to university and higher education study than non-IB students.

Research suggests that there are many benefits to choosing the Diploma Programme (DP). The programme aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.

The DP curriculum

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

Through the Diploma Programme (DP) core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service.

New Town High School offers the following IB courses for students in grades 11 and 12:

  1. IB Language and Literature
  2. IB Spanish
  3. IB French
  4. IB History
  5. IB Geography
  6. IB Global Politics
  7. IB Environmental Systems and Societies
  8. IB Biology
  9. IB Math Applications and Interpretations
  10. IB Visual Arts
  11. IB Dance

DP Diploma Programme Brochure


For more information about the Diploma Programme, please visit the International Baccalaureate website.