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International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is valued by universities around the world for its capacity to develop a student's academic and personal potential.

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The IB opens doors to the world's top universities.  To apply for a place on the IB Diploma programme at our school, please contact our admissions team:

The IB Diploma presents a variety of challenges for the student. They must follow six subjects, complete an extended essay, complete a Creative, Activity, Service section (CAS), and study a "Theory of Knowledge" course which promotes critical thinking and analysis.

At age 16 and above (Years 12 and 13), students can apply to study for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). This two-year course is a balanced academic programme, building confidence and leadership as well as broadening the students’ understanding of world cultures.

The IB Diploma presents a variety of challenges for the student. For the full diploma, students must study six subjects, complete an extended essay, complete the Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) section, and study a “Theory of Knowledge” course which promotes critical thinking and analysis.

This globally recognised course prepares students for entry to the world’s finest universities.

Group 1 - Studies in Language and Literature

  • English A: Language and Literature - HL / SL
  • School Supported Self Taught (SSST) A: Specify language - SL

Group 2 - Language Acquisition

  • French ab initio – SL
  • Spanish ab initio – SL
  • French B – HL/SL
  • Spanish B – HL/SL

Group 3 - Individuals and Societies

  • History – HL/SL
  • Geography – HL/SL
  • Business Management – HL/SL
  • Psychology - HL/SL
  • Economics - HL/SL

Group 4 – Sciences

  • Chemistry – HL/SL
  • Physics – HL/SL
  • Biology – HL/SL
  • Chemistry – HL/SL

Group 5 - Mathematics

  • Mathematics Analysis and Approaches HL/SL
  • Mathematics Applications and Interpretations HL/SL

Group 6 – The Arts

  • Visual Arts – HL/SL
    (or choose another subject from groups 2, 3 or 4)

Subjects are ‘blocked together’ to enable the school timetable to be created, therefore certain subjects cannot be chosen together.

The option blocks this year are:

Block 1

  • English HL/SL

Block 2

  • French HL/SL or
  • Spanish HL/SL or
  • Spanish ab initio
  • French ab initio

Block 3

  • Geography HL/SL or
  • Business Management HL/SL
  • Psychology - HL/SL

Block 4

  • Biology HL/SL or
  • Physics HL/SL or
  • Sports Exercise and Health Science (SEHS) SL

Block 5

  • Mathematics Analysis and Approaches HL/SL


  • Mathematics Applications and Interpretations HL/SL

Block 6

  • Chemistry HL/SL or
  • History HL/SL or
  • Economics HL/SL or
  • Art HL/SL

As well as these six subject groups, IBDP requires students to complete an extended essay. This requires the students to research a topic of their choice, and pen a 4,000 word essay that demonstrates writing proficiency and independent thought.

The CAS section requires students to complete 150 hours of community service, re-enforcing their feeling of responsibility to a wider community and fostering empathy, collaboration and compassion.

The Theory of Knowledge course challenges students to look at how and why knowledge is gained, bolstering their critical thinking abilities and enabling them to analyse and reflect on situations in all areas of life.

While the pass rate for A-Levels makes it harder for top universities to differentiate between excellent applicants, institutions regard the IB as a course which produces well-rounded individuals who are prepared to embrace opportunities anywhere in the world. Compass International School Doha's Secondary School is the best place in Qatar to study the IB, and to give your student a head start in education and in their career.

Nord Anglia Education schools have an outstanding track record in preparing students to excel in the IB Diploma. 

  • In 2014, students at Nord Anglia Education schools achieved a 92% pass rate, with three students attaining the maximum score of 45.
  • One in seven achieved 40 or more points, while the average score of 33.7 was 13% higher than the global average.