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Choosing your Subjects

 

For the IB Diploma Programme students must choose one subject from each of five groups (1 to 5), to ensure breadth of knowledge and understanding in their best language, additional language(s), the social sciences, the experimental sciences and mathematics. Student may choose either an arts subject from group 6, or a second subject from groups 1 to 5.


At least three and not more than four subjects are taken at higher level (240 teaching hours), while the other subjects are taken at standard level (150 teaching hours).

GROUP 1: STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

Students must study at least one subject from group 1.

  • Language A: Literature
    • English
  • Language A: Language and Literature
    • English
    • Arabic
  • Language A: Literature - Self Taught

GROUP 2: LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

Students must study at least one subject from group 2.

  • Language B
    • English
    • French
    • Arabic
  • Language Ab Initio
    • French
    • Arabic

GROUP 3: INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIETIES

Students must study at least one subject from group 2.

  • History
  • Economics
  • Environmental Systems and Societies

Interdisciplinary subject which meets the group 3 and group 4 requirements (see additional subjects section)

GROUP 4: SCIENCES

Students must study at least one subject from group 4.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Environmental Systems and Societies

Interdisciplinary subject which meets the group 3 and group 4 requirements (see additional subjects section)

GROUP 5: MATHEMATICS

Students must study at least one subject from group 5.

  • Mathematics Higher Level
  • Mathematics Standard Level
  • Mathematical Studies Standard Level

GROUP 6: THE ARTS

Alongside these five courses in groups 1 - 5, a student can choose to study a group 6 subject, or to study an additional subject from groups 1 – 5.

  • Music
  • Visual Arts

THE CORE

In addition, The Diploma Programme features the three core elements that broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.

The core of the program consists of three elements:

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