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 goes beyond academics and also includes additional components which are not add-ons, but rather key components 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 full Diploma and Certificates. All students entering Grade 11 at IAA are entered as full Diploma students. The decision to pursue the Certificate is taken at the end of 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 school level, but moderated externally.

IAA offers the following subjects at IB DP level:

  • English or Arabic or Spanish
  • English Literature HL/SL
  • English Language and Literature HL/SL
  • English Literature and Performance SL
  • English B HL
  • Experimental Sciences (Chemistry HL/SL, Physics HL/SL, Biology HL/SL, DT HL/SL)
  • Individuals and Society: Business and Management, Economics and History
  • Mathematics : Maths and Maths Studies
  • Arabic B HL/SL, Arabic Ab Initio SL, Arabic A Literature SL
  • Arts: Visual and Theatre

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

  • CAS (Creativity Action Service). This aims to develop in students a greater awareness of themselves, concern for others, and the ability to work cooperatively with other people.
  • Theory of Knowledge. This is an interdisciplinary course taken by all students. 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