IB Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is an assessed programme for students aged 16 to 19. It is respected by leading universities across the globe.

What the DP offers students

Through the DP, schools are able to develop students who:

  • have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge
  • flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
  • study at least two foreign languages
  • excel in traditional academic subjects
  • explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course.

Why offer the DP?

International research shows that there are many benefits to choosing the DP over other 16-19 curricula. For example:

  • DP students are better able than their peers to cope with demanding workloads, manage their time and meet the expectations placed upon them, according to one study
  • Analysis of DP students in Canada, the UK and the USA found that the DP’s extended essay improves students’ approach to learning in higher education
  • 72% of students taking the DP in China attend one of the world’s top 500 universities, according to a 2013 study.

The IB DP curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, which comprises theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and an extended essay.

Through the DP core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, undertake a project that often involves community service, and complete a piece of independent research. These components provide a framework for the study of individual subjects. The components of the DP core are outlined in the DP curriculum.

The DP organises teaching and learning through six subject groups, underpinned by the DP core. Students choose one course from each subject group. Students take written examinations for most courses at the end of the two year DP. In many programme areas, students also complete externally assessed coursework.

Read about the six subject groups.

Below is an outline of the courses currently on offer at The British International School.

Group 1:

English Language and Literature - higher level and standard level

Self-Supported Language – standard level

Group 2:

Norwegian B – Language Acquisition - higher level and standard level

German ab initio – beginners only

Spanish ab initio – beginners only

Group 3:

Social and Cultural Anthropology - higher level and standard level

Information Technology in a Global Society - higher level and standard level

Group 4:

Physics - higher level and standard level

Biology - higher level and standard level

Group 5:

Mathematics - higher level and standard level

Maths Studies – standard level

Group 6:

Chemistry - higher level and standard level

Film Studies - higher level and standard level

Psychology - higher level and standard level

Click here for more detailed information on the IB Diploma Curriculum.


Students of the IB Diploma at The British International School, whose families live and work in Norway, are eligible to apply for a grant towards tuition fees from Statens Lånekassen.