Diploma Program (11-12)
What is the Diploma Program?
The Diploma Programme (DP) is a rigorous pre-university course of study designed for students in the 16 to 19 age range. It is a broad-based, two-year course that aims to encourage students to be knowledgeable and inquiring, but also caring and compassionate. There is a strong emphasis on encouraging students to develop intercultural understanding, open-mindedness, and attitudes necessary for them to respect and evaluate a range of points of view.
Through the DP, TCIS is able to develop students who:
- have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge
- flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
- study at least two languages
- excel in traditional academic subjects
- explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course.
The Diploma Program at TCIS
Students may engage with the DP program of study at one of two levels: Students are encouraged to become full IB Diploma Program Candidates, by meeting all IB DP requirements, including TOK and the EE. However, students may choose to be IB Diploma Course Candidates which means that they must take six DP courses, but they are not required to take three Higher Level courses and complete the TOK and EE.
Please note: Because TCIS values the effectiveness of the DP curriculum and experiential learning, all TCIS students are expected to complete a minimum of six DP courses and all CAS requirements. Please see the DP General Regulations (linked below) for clarification on the differences between being a full IB Diploma Program Candidate and an IB DP Course Candidate and the requirements for successful completion.
Subject Areas in Course of Study at TCIS
The DP course of study is presented as six academic areas enclosing a central core
The Diploma Program encourages the study of a broad range of academic areas. Students study:
- two languages (one as a language with a literature component and one as language acquisition)
- one humanities or social science subject
- one science
- one of the mathematics courses
- one of the creative arts courses.
This comprehensive range of subjects makes the TCIS curriculum a demanding course of study designed to prepare students effectively for university entrance. In each of the academic areas students have flexibility in making their choices, which means they can choose subjects that particularly interest them and that they may wish to study further at university.
The IB publishes a set of DP “General Regulations: Diploma Programme”. These regulations are sent to all DP and Course Candidates and their parents each year and can be accessed via the TCIS website. DP students and their parents should read these regulations and ensure that they understand them. The DP Coordinator is available to answer questions about these “General Regulations: Diploma Programme” if needed.