IB Diploma Programme

International Baccalaurates Diploma Programme (IB DP)

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education that prepares students, aged 16 -19, for success at university and in life beyond. Designed as a comprehensive two-year curriculum that follows its graduates to fulfil requirements of various national education systems, the diploma model is based on the pattern of no single country, but incorporates the best elements of many. Through the delivery of this challenging programme Rijnlands Lyceum Oegstgeest aims to uphold the IB's long-term vision of education, as laid out in the IB mission statement and the IB learner profile, in addition to ensuring the academic success of students in their chosen subjects.

Diploma programme students are required to select at least one subject from each of the six subject groups. At least three, and not more than four, are taken at higher level with the others at standard level – in this way students are able to explore some subjects in depth and some more broadly over the two year programme.   The programme is built around the learner profile, with an underpinning theme of international-mindedness. Approaches to teaching and learning are now embedded within all four programmes, which are further aligned by each one culminating in a learning experience.

There is a degree of flexibility within the subject choice with students able to opt for an extra subject from Groups 1 to 4 in place of a Group 6 subject.

At Rijnlands, the subject choice is always important and it is possible to choose two languages from Group 1 (instead of a group 2 second language) and to follow an additional seventh subject, although this would not form part of the diploma – instead a certificate is awarded.

The core of the Diploma programme consists of three compulsory activities:

A Theory of Knowledge (T.O.K.) interdisciplinary course challenges the students to question the bases of knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom. It aims to unify the academic subjects and encourages appreciation of other cultural perspectives.

Creativity, Activity & Service (known as CAS) focuses on the goal of educating the whole person. It provides a refreshing counterbalance to the academic side of the programme and encourages young people to share their energies and special talents while developing awareness, concern and the ability to work co-operatively with others through sports, community service work and creative pursuits. Students must complete a minimum of 150 hours of activities to fulfil this requirement

The extended essay offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of individual interest and acquaints the students with the kind of independent research and writing skills expected of them at university. The extended essay has a prescribed limit of 4,000 words.

These three activities have clear connections to the Middle Years programme (for 11-16 year olds) e.g. the Personal Project is excellent practice for the organisation of the extended essay, T.O.K develops further the interdisciplinary approach generated by the Areas of Interaction, while the MYP community  and service programme prepares students for their CAS requirement

Diploma programme subjects

Currently at Internationa School Het Rijnlands Lyceum Oegstgeest students can select their six (or seven subjects) from the following choices available:

Group 1 Studies in Language and Literature

  • English Literature
  • English Language and Literature
  • Dutch Language and Literature
  • Other mother-tongue languages as a school-supported self-taught course (standard level only)

Group 2 Language Acquisition

  • English B (higher level only)
  • French B
  • Spanish B
  • Dutch B

Group 3 Individuals & societies

  • Business and Management (higher level only)
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Environmental Systems and Societies (standard level only)

Group 4 Experimental sciences

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Environmental Systems and Societies

Group 5 Maths & computer science

  • Mathematics higher level
  • Mathematics standard Level
  • Mathematical Studies (standard Level)
  • Group 6 The Arts
    Visual Arts

As an alternative to Visual Arts, students can choose one extra subject from group 1 to 4

(The list of subjects offered is reviewed every year - not all subject choice combinations are possible due to timetabling restrictions. Some subjects may only be offered as private tuition if there is not enough uptake.)

 The illustration on the right to provided curtosy of © International Baccalaureate Organization 2012

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