The IB Diploma Programme (DP)


An Education for Life

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is the world’s premier pre-university course of study. At GIFS, the IBDP begins in Grade 11 after the completion of courses with resources endorsed by Cambridge International Examinations in Grade 9 and 10. The IBDP finishes almost two years later in the 4th Quarter of Grade 12. For those students wishing to have either a head start in their chosen career or their choice of university worldwide, the IB Diploma is the best educational option available.

 For over 40 years, IB programmes have gained a reputation for their high academic standards, for preparing students for life in a globalised 21st century, and for helping to develop the citizens who will create a better, more peaceful world. Founded in 1968, currently there are close to 1 million IB students at 3,440 schools in 141 countries across the world.


The curriculum

IB Diploma Programme students must choose one subject from each of the five groups (1 to 5), ensuring breadth of knowledge and understanding in their best language, additional language(s), the social sciences, the experimental sciences and mathematics.

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

For more information please visit: http://www.ibo.org/en/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/


The circular diagram below illustrates the structure of the Diploma Programme:





The Diploma Programme Core

  • The Extended Essay (EE) asks students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying. The world studies extended essay option allows students to focus on a topic of global significance which they examine through the lens of at least two DP subjects.
  • Theory of Knowledge (ToK) develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. In this course on critical thinking, students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know by examining the different ways of knowing and areas of knowledge. It also encourages them to consider the role which knowledge plays in their own culture, in the cultures of others and in the wider world.
  • Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme. Creativity encourages students to engage in the arts and creative thinking. Action seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Service with the community offers a vehicle for a new learning with academic value. The three strands of CAS enhance students’ personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning and enable journeys of self-discovery.


Diploma Programme Subject Groups at GIFS

 Students study a total of six subjects – five chosen from the first five groups above, and Visual Arts subject from group 6 OR another choice from groups 3 or 4.

2017-2018 IB Subject Choice Grid

*Mandatory. Note: all subjects above are dependent on enrollment.








Further information on IB subjects and choice offered at GIFS can be found here.

The  GIFS IBDP Handbook for students and parents can be downloaded here.

IB attainment descriptors will be available in July 2015 and can be accessed in PDF format by clicking here.


Click here for the IB Learner Profile attributes- our schools Expected Student Learner Results (ESLRs).


For more information on the IB Diploma Programme at GIFS, contact our IB coordinator, Mr. Patrick Anderson: mrpanderson@gifs.or.kr