Diploma Programme (DP)

What is the DP?
There are many benefits to choosing the DP. The programme aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.  The DP curriculum is made up of six subject groups that students study with cross-curricular connections between the subjects.  The second part of the DP is the DP "Core", which comprises the theory of knowledge (TOK) course, creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay.  Through the DP Core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service.

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 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 year old curricula. For example:

  • DP students are better able than their peers to cope with demanding workloads, manage their time and meet the expectations placed on 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.


The curriculum for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) is prescribed.  Students must meet the IB DP requirements to receive the IB Diploma at the end of their two years of study. The IB curriculum is divided into six groups or categories, of which the students must study one subject in each group. 

In keeping with Al Sahwa Schools commitment to excellence and student success,course offerings are made with these considerations:

  • Maximum benefit for the largest number of students; 

  • University entry requirements; 

  • The expertise of our staff and 

  • Optimal class sizes

Al Sahwa Schools is currently a candidate DP school and subject to authorisation from IBO, we intend to offer the following subjects :

Group 1 Language and Literature & Language A Literature

English Language and Literature (SL & HL)
Arabic Language and Literature (SL & HL)


Group 2 Language Acquisition
English Language B (SL & HL)
Arabic   Language B (SL & HL)


Group 3 Individuals and Societies
Information Technology in a Global Society (SL) 
Business Management (SL & HL)
Environmental Systems and Societies (SL)


Group 4 Sciences
Chemistry (SL & HL)
Physics (SL)
Biology (SL & HL)
Environmental Systems and Societies (SL)
Computer Science (SL)
Design Technology (SL)


Group 5 Mathematics
Mathematics Analysis and Approaches (SL)
Mathematics Applications and Interpretations (SL)


Group 6 The Arts 
Visual Arts (SL & HL)


Mandatory Conditions for Subject/selection

Students will pick one option from each group 1 - 6. In special cases it may be possible to substitute group 6 for a subject from groups 3-4. Students are advised to maintain a healthy selection of cross-disciplinary subjects, this is at the heart of the IB philosophy and part of what makes the Diploma Programme well respected by higher education providers.


All IB Diploma students must choose :
Three courses at higher level (HL) & Three courses at standard level (SL) 
Four courses at higher level (HL) & Two courses at standard level (SL) 


In addition, all IB Diploma students must complete DP Core which comprises of:

For more information on the IB Program?
Visit IBO website
Some general information is available on our school IBDP Handbooks :