DIPLOMA PROGRAMME

The Diploma Programme is for students in the final two years of school (Grade 11 & 12). The DP has a reputation for rigorous assessment of student achievement. Each student’s performance and levels of knowledge are examined internally according to set criteria. They are also assessed externally by independent examiners according to applied global standards by the IB.

Students study all the subjects covered in a traditional, broad curriculum, including languages, social sciences, experimental sciences, mathematics and the arts. Students must choose one subject from each of the Six Groups (1 to 6) to ensure the programme gives them breadth of understanding. Students can choose either Arts elective from Group 6 or a second subject from Groups 1 to 5 to meet diploma requirements.

While electives can be taken of a Higher Level (240 teaching hours), or at a Standard Level (150 teaching hours), at least three and not more than four subjects must be taken at a higher level and students must secure the stipulated number of minimum points to secure the diploma.

Distinctive features of the DP:

The DP also takes the curriculum a step further through three unique programmes:

  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)
  • Extended Essay

This trio makes up the heart of the DP program and offers students rigorous and challenging ways of thinking, articulating and acting on their knowledge and beliefs.

Theory of knowledge

Theory of knowledge (TOK) is an interdisciplinary requirement unique to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. It encourages students to reflect on the knowledge they gain both inside and outside the classroom.

Creativity, Activity, Service

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is an important component of the IB curriculum and is required for every DP student. The CAS programme is valued for its power to transform the lives not only of students but also the people they work with. It serves as a platform for interpersonal exchange, personal growth and greater understanding of the issues we face as a global community.

Extended Essay

The extended essay requires students to pick a subject of their choice and research and develop it into a 4,000-word essay. The process of writing the Extended Essay, provide our students with opportunities to formulate and pursue a research question, with nuanced and well-reasoned arguments that reflect the rigour of the larger program.

K.R. MANGALAM GLOBAL SCHOOL is a candidate school* for the Diploma Programme. The school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students.

For more information on IB DP please refer – https://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/

Information on recognition of Diploma Programme (DP) in India -https://www.ibo.org/contentassets/d883e8b8f46446079f14679a9a6971c3/faqs-about-the-ib-in-india.pdf https://www.ibo.org/contentassets/d883e8b8f46446079f14679a9a6971c3/india-recognition-guide-august-2020.pdf

* Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org.

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