The IB Diploma Curriculum is presented as six academic areas (subject groups) enclosing a central core, thus encouraging an in-depth study covering a broad academic range:
Group 1 – Studies in language and literature
Group 2 – Language acquisition
Group 3 – Individuals and societies
Group 4 – Sciences
Group 5 – Mathematics
Group 6 – The arts
Theory of knowledge (TOK),
Extended essay (EE),
Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)
All IB students are required to choose one subject from each group and complete the requirements of the core elements (TOK essay, Extended essay and CAS activities). Students who are fluent in more than one language can choose a second one from Group 1 instead of Group 2. Further, those who are not interested in art can choose a second subject from any other group.
Each student is required to take three subjects at Higher Level (HL) and three subjects at Standard Level (SL). HL subjects contain additional elements to be taught, allowing a more in depth exploration of the subject. Thus, HL subjects are taught more hours per week than SL subjects. In certain cases, students may choose an additional 7th subject and apply for a non-regular Diploma if they are required to meet specific university requirements.