How the Diploma Programme works

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The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) centres on the DP core. Three components make up the core, which are studied alongside individual subjects and throughout a student’s time in the DP.

These components provide a framework for the study of individual subjects. The components of the DP core are outlined in the DP curriculum.

How teaching and learning is organized in the DP

The DP organizes teaching and learning through six subject groups, underpinned by the DP core.

Students choose a course from within each subject group. Read about the six subject groups.

For most courses, students take written examinations at the end of the DP. In many programme areas, students complete externally assessed coursework. Components of the DP core require students to produce coursework, for example.

Read more about assessment in the DP.