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International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum

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Head of IB - Brian Cleary

The International Baccalaureate Programme is a two-year course for 16 to 19-year-olds that is regarded by top universities and colleges around the world as the premium Sixth Form qualification. The International Baccalaureate Programme at DIS has established itself as one of the leading academically performing IB schools in the UAE. In 2021, we celebrated our 11th year of IB graduating students.

Teaching and learning in the IB celebrates the many ways people work together to construct meaning and make sense of the world. An IB education at DIS empowers students for a lifetime of learning, independently and in collaboration with others. The programme helps students explore and construct their own personal and cultural identities. IB students develop strong academic, social and emotional characteristics through the programme’s distinct approaches to teaching and learning skills.

The IB approaches to learning skills

Thinking skills

Communications skills

Social skills

Self-management skills

Research skills

The IB approaches to teaching

Based on inquiry

Focused on conceptual understanding

Developed in local and global contexts

Focused on effective teamwork and collaboration

Differentiated to meet the needs of all learners

Informed by formative and summative assessment.

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young students who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. We are proud to deliver programmes that strive to develop students who will build a better world through intercultural understanding and respect. At DIS, we believe in flexible educational pathways that meet the needs of all our students. There are three IB pathways available to DIS students; IB Diploma Programme (IBDP), IB Career Related Programme (IBCP) and IB Courses. This ensures all our students have a pathway to challenge and develop their passions

IB Diploma (IBDP)

Recognised for its broad yet highly academic curriculum, the IB Diploma is made up of six subject groups. Students must take one subject from each group, with three subjects pursued at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. The six subject groups are:

Group 1: Language and Literature

Group 2: Language Acquisition

Group 3: Individual and Societies

Group 4: Sciences

Group 5: Mathematics

Group 6: The Arts and Electives

In addition to their subjects, all IBDP student complete three ‘core’ elements: Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) during their two years of study. A total of 45 points are available in the IB Diploma Programme, with each of the six Group subjects awarding a maximum of 7 points, and a further three points available through the ’core’.

IB Courses Programme

The IB Courses programme is made up of six subject groups. Students can take each subject at either Higher Level or at Standard Level. There are no core elements for this pathway. The six subject groups are:

Group 1: Language and Literature

Group 2: Language Acquisition

Group 3: Individual and Societies

Group 4: Sciences

Group 5: Mathematics

Group 6: The Arts and Electives

IB Career Related Programme

The IB Career Related Programme (IBCP) is recognized internationally as a qualification for university entrance or direct entry to industry. Students share an educational experience that emphasises critical thinking as well as industry experience. The IBCP offers a pathway based on the interests and future career aspirations of the student. The inclusion of a weekly Al Futtaim internship has created a unique Career-related Programme for Deira International School. Students can take each subject at either Higher Level or at Standard Level. The subject groups are:

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma: Travel & Tourism or Business

Group 2: Language Acquisition

Group 5: Mathematics

Group 6: The Arts and Electives

In addition to their subjects, all IBCP students complete three ‘core’ elements: Service Learning, Language Development, Personal and Professional Skills and the Reflective Project during their two years of study.

All subjects hyperlinked to subject page

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature

  1. Arabic Language and Literature
  2. English Language and Literature

Group 2: Language Acquisition

  1. French Ab Initio
  2. French B
  3. Spanish Ab Initio
  4. Spanish B
  5. Arabic B

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

  1. Business Management
  2. Economics
  3. History
  4. Geography
  5. Information Technology in Global Societies
  6. Psychology
  7. Global Politics

Group 4: Sciences

  1. Physics
  2. Biology
  3. Chemistry
  4. Environmental Systems and Societies
  5. Design Technology
  6. Computer Science
  7. Sports Science

Group 5: Mathematics

  1. Mathematics Analysis and Approaches
  2. Mathematics Applications and Interpretations

Group 6: The Arts

  1. Visual Arts
  2. Theatre
  3. Film
  4. Music

IB Diploma Programme Core

  1. Extended Essay
  2. Theory of Knowledge
  3. Creativity, Activity and Service

IB Career Related Programme Core

  1. Reflective Project
  2. Language Development
  3. Personal and Professional Skills
  4. Service Learning
About the IBhttps://www.ibo.org/about-the-ib/
About the Diploma Programme (IBDP)https://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/
About the Career Related Programme (IBCP)https://www.ibo.org/programmes/career-related-programme/
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diplomahttps://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-international-level-3.html
IB University Admissionshttps://www.ibo.org/university-admission/
Benefits of IBhttps://www.ibo.org/benefits/
Research on the IBCPhttps://www.ibo.org/research/outcomes-research/cp-studies/
Research of the IB Diplomahttps://www.ibo.org/research/outcomes-research/diploma-studies/