DP Subjects

Group 1
Language A Literature

Group 2
Language B Acquisition

Group 3
Individuals and Societies

Group 4

Group 5

Group 6

  • Visual Arts (SL&HL)
  • Or a second subject from Group 1 to 4




 IB Diploma Programme students study six courses at higher level or standard level. Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5, thus ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics. The sixth subject may be an arts subject chosen from group 6, or the student may choose another subject from groups 1 to 5.

In addition to the six subjects, students also study the DP Core Subjects:

  • Extended Essay (EE)
  • Theory of Knowledge course (TOK)
  • Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)


  • three of the six subjects are studied at higher lever (HL), representing 240 teaching hours.
  • the remaining three subjects are studied at standard level (SL), representing 150 teaching hours.

To find out more about each subject, use the menu to the right.