The IB Diploma Programme
An internationally recognized and academically challenging two-year programme
In the two-year IB Diploma Programme (corresponding to the second and third year of the Danish Gymnasium), you choose your own subjects from six groups (see table below).
Most subjects are available at two levels, higher level (HL, 240 teaching hours over two years) and standard level (SL, 150 teaching hours over two years), and to complete the IB Diploma you have to select six subjects according to the following guidelines:
- You select 6 subjects, with 3 HL subjects and 3 SL subjects
- You select at least one subject from Groups 1, 3, 4 and 5
- If you do not select any Group 2 subject, then you have to have two Group 1 subjects, since you need at least two language subjects
For the languages, the following levels are offered:
- Language A: First language (mother tongue)
- Language B: Continuation of foreign language (2-4 years of prior schooling or equivalent)
- Language ab initio: Beginners language (no prior knowledge expected)
It is possible to select 4 HL and/or 7 subjects, depending on your plans for further studies. For more information on selecting subject, please see the application form for the IB Diploma Programme, and contact the IB Coordinator, for further information. Your subject choice cannot be guaranteed, since establishment of classes are dependent on the number of students signing up for each subject.
Additionally, you develop academic skills through the Extended Essay, a 4000-word independent piece of research in a subject of your own choice, and through Theory of Knowledge, where students reflect on the nature of knowledge. You engage in Creativity, Activity and Service, sending you on journeys of self-discovery.
There are written examinations in all chosen subjects, and in the languages, there are also oral examinations. Examinations are in English, with the obvious exception of the other language subjects. Grades from 1 to 7 are given in each of the six chosen subjects, with 7 as the highest grade. Three extra points in total can be given for the Extended Essay and for Theory of Knowledge. A total of 24 points, from the grades for the six subjects and these extra points, is required to complete the IB Diploma. Students failing to get a full Diploma will receive course certificates stating the results, and can be re-examined in the following examination period if they want to obtain a full Diploma.
Subjects in the IB Diploma Programme
Official IBO material for parents and students
Please contact the IB Coordinator for further information.