IB Diploma Programme



The IB DP is a pre-university course, studied over two years. Successful DP students may gain access to many prestigious universities around the world. The IB DP is possibly the most rigorous post-sixteen academic programme in the world. It is reading and writing intensive and emphasizes critical thinking and the application of content knowledge to real-world issues and problems.


As a rigorous and academically challenging programme, it should not be undertaken lightly, as it requires significant time commitment and time management, as well as perseverance. The programme includes core components that are central to the award of the IB Diploma. It is viewed as excellent preparation for students for study at university.


The programme on offer at IAA is varied enough to meet most students' requirements.


The DP's grading system is criterion-referenced, which means that each student's performance is measured against well-defined levels of achievement. These are consistent from one examination session to the next and are applied equally to all schools.


The IB DP is offered both as a full Diploma and Courses. All students entering Grade 11 at IAA are entered as full Diploma students. The decision to pursue Courses is taken during Grade 11.


The IB Diploma offers a programme of a broad and balanced curriculum comprising six academic areas which are studied at Higher and/or Standard Level These are externally assessed both through examinations and internal assessment assignments marked at the school level but moderated externally.

IAA offers the following subjects at the IB DP level:

  • Group 1, Studies in language and literature: English Language and Literature, Arabic Literature
  • Group 2, Language acquisition: English, Arabic and Spanish
  • Group 3, Individuals and Society: Business Management, Economics, Global Politics, History and Psychology
  • Group 4, Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Design Technology, Physics, Sports exercise and Health Science
  • Group 5, Mathematics: Maths Analysis and Approaches and Maths Applications and Interpretation
  • Group 6, The arts: Visual arts and Theatre
  • Interdisciplinary: Environmental systems and societies (Group 3 and Group 4)

The additional Core components, which all Diploma students must undertake, are:

  • CAS (Creativity Activity Service). This aims to develop in students a greater awareness of themselves, concern for others, and the ability to work cooperatively with other people. Please Note all full Diploma and all Course students are required to complete CAS.
  • Theory of Knowledge. This is an interdisciplinary course. It is intended to stimulate critical reflection on knowledge in its many forms. It is assessed externally through an essay and the internal component moderated externally.
  • Extended Essay. This is a 4,000 words essay intended to introduce students to the kind of independent research and writing skills expected by universities. This is assessed externally.

In addition to the above, all Grades 11 and 12 students study Islamic or Christian Religion (which is taught in Arabic).


Course offerings are detailed in the IB Diploma Programme Handbook.


For more information on the IB Diploma Programme, please visit the IB's website, www.ibo.org, or contact the IB DP Coordinator at J.Hayward@IAA.edu.jo

For any complaints regarding the IB program please refer to the parents_complaint_policy_and_procedure_.pdf for details on the school’s policy and procedure with this regard.