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Introduction to the IB Diploma

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a rigorous, demanding pre-university course that leads to examinations at the end of two years.  It is designed for 16 – 19 year old students that are highly motivated.

It is a comprehensive two-year curriculum that allows its graduates to fulfil the entry requirements for universities worldwide.  The DP model is not based on the curriculum of any one country but incorporates the best elements of many.

The DP curriculum model is designed surrounding a core, the programme allowing students to study a wide range of subjects.  Some of these subjects are studied in more depth while the others still have a broad base.  The special feature of the DP programme is the core of the model which is studied by all students.

DP students are required to select one subject from each of the six subject groups.  At least three and not more than four are taken at higher level (HL), the others at standard level (SL).  HL represents 240 teaching hours and SL covers 150 hours.  Subject distribution requirements ensure that all students study two languages, at least one humanities subject, at least one science and mathematics. 

To achieve the IB Diploma it is necessary to meet three further requirements in addition to the six subjects, these are the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Creativity, Action and Service hours (CAS) which lie at the core.


Subjects Offered at Emirates International School, Meadows



Group 1


Language A


English Language & Literature A:  HL and SL

Literature A: SL Self-Taught

Arabic Language and Literature A: HL and SL

Group 2


Language B


French B HL and SL

Spanish B HL and SL

Arabic B HL and SL

Spanish Ab. Initio SL

French Ab. Initio SL

Group 3


Individuals and Societies


Geography HL and SL

History HL and SL

Business and Management HL and SL

Economics HL and SL

Psychology HL and SL

Information Technology in a Global Society HL and SL

Group 4


Experimental Sciences


Environmental Systems and Societies SL

Sports, Health and Exercise Science SL

Chemistry HL and SL

Physics HL and SL

Biology HL and SL

Group 5



Math HL

Math SL

Math Studies

Group 6


The Arts/Elective


Theatre Arts HL and SL

Music HL and SL

Visual Arts HL and SL

Computer Science HL and SL