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International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Curriculum

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Curriculum

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum sets out the requirements for study of the DP. 

The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups. 

Made up of the three required components, the DP core  aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.

The three core elements are:

Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.

The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.

Creativity, activity, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.

The six subject groups are:

There are different courses within each subject group.


Only schools accredited as IB World Schools can offer the Diploma Program. Cairns High was the first school and continues to be the only state school outside the South East corner of Queensland to be granted this prestigious accreditation by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO).


IB learners are assessed both internally and externally in ways that measure individual performance against stated objectives for each subject. External assessments form the greatest share and include written assignments and essays marked by external examiners. This allows for a greater degree of objectivity and reliability.  

Stefanie Biancotti l Head of Department, International Baccalaureate 
T 4050 3065 l E