As an IB school, the Diploma Programme is critical to preparing our students for life beyond our campus. At UWCT, the DP is designed to be both academically challenging and balanced, with externally marked final examinations that prepare students for success at university and life beyond. The programme is taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities as a world-class college preparatory programme.
The DP curriculum is made up of six subject groups (explained below) and the DP core, comprising Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and the Extended Essay (EE).
Subjects in the DP are grouped according to their similarity (biology and chemistry for example). To ensure students acquire a breadth of experience, the DP programme is structured so that students must complete at least one course in each subject group from 1-5 (Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, and Mathematics). For their sixth course, students may choose a group 6 subject (the Arts), or another course in Sciences, Individuals and Societies, or Languages. Within this course selection, students must also choose between higher level (HL) and standard level (SL) options. When taking higher level courses, students are “expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills”. Higher level courses comprise 240 teaching hours, compared to 150 teaching hours for standard level courses. To complete the full Diploma Programme, at least three subjects (and no more than four) must be taken at higher level, while the other three may be taken at standard level.