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International Course (PreDP)

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme spans two years, in contrast to the three-year duration of the Swedish upper-secondary school system. To bridge this gap, we provide a preparatory year known as PreDP.

DP 1 and 2

During the second year of upper secondary education, students will engage with the comprehensive International IB curriculum.

The IB DP model, as defined by the ©International Baccalaureate Organization in 2018, emphasizes international-mindedness as a perspective that fosters a sense of interconnectedness with the global community and a commitment to its well-being.

Central to this model is the IB Learner Profile, which outlines the qualities students are encouraged to embody. These include being Inquirers, Knowledgeable individuals, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced, and Reflective.

The model further incorporates Approaches to teaching and learning, which are intentional strategies, skills, and attitudes that imbue the educational environment. Aligned with the attributes of the IB Learner Profile, these approaches enhance student learning, preparing them for DP assessments and beyond.

At the core of the IBDP are three essential components designed to enrich students’ educational journeys and challenge them to apply their acquired knowledge and skills effectively. These components are:

  • Theory of Knowledge: Encouraging students to contemplate the nature of knowledge and the processes through which knowledge is acquired.
  • The Extended Essay: An independent research endeavor culminating in a 4,000-word paper.
  • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS): Involving students in projects that integrate creativity, physical activities, and community service.

The academic structure of the IBDP comprises six subject groups:

  • Group 1: Language and Literature
  • Group 2: Language Acquisition
  • Group 3: Individuals and Societies
  • Group 4: Sciences
  • Group 5: Mathematics
  • Group 6: The Arts or an alternative subject from Groups 1-4

Students are required to select one subject from each group, with three at Standard Level (SL) and the remaining three at Higher Level (HL).

Consequently, students will study:

  • Two modern languages
  • A humanities or social science discipline
  • An experimental science
  • Mathematics
  • Another subject from the aforementioned groups

Additionally, the three core elements – Theory of Knowledge, the Extended Essay, and Creativity, Activity, Service – are integral to the program’s philosophy.

This diverse array of subjects renders the Diploma Programme a rigorous academic pursuit aimed at effectively preparing students for university admission. The IB recommends 240 teaching hours for HL subjects and 150 hours for SL subjects, with HL subjects delving into greater depth and breadth compared to SL subjects.