Constructing a Course of Study
A Diploma Programme course of study is constructed according to IB rules as set out in the General Regulations: Diploma Programme
4 Stages in Constructing a Course of Study
1. Think about yourself as a learner.
- What types of subjects suit you?
- What do you want to achieve from your subjects?
2. Read and research the range of subjects on interest:
There are 2 sources of information available to help students find out more information about subjects of interest. The re are 2 locations for information:
Once you have read this information, the following questions will help identify potential subject combinations.
- Understand each of the Diploma Programme subject groups. What do they cover?
- What is the nature of the subject? Do you find it interesting?
- What are the subject aims and objectives?
- What is the assessment style? Is there a specific proportion of exam / non-exam components that best suits you?
- Are these subjects available at HL or SL or both?
3. Knowing which pathway to take
Languages and Mathematics are offered at different levels for the DP. The following pathway diagrams illustrate potential options for students.
4. Identify a preliminary list of subjects:
Once the steps above have been completed, students are able to identify a preliminary list of subjects. Use the points below to refine the list.
- Identify the Standard Level (SL) subjects only first and list them in the table below by group number
- Identify subjects for the remaining groups
- Identify your other options for SL and HL
- Ensure you meet the course construction requirements:
- 3 SL subjects
- 3 HL subjects
- 1 subject from Groups 1 – 5 plus either
- group 6 subject or
- another subject from groups 2,3 or 4
- Do you have a subject listed that you can and would be happy to take at either HL or SL? This is highly recommended in case you need to change during the course.
Other considerations for course construction
University prerequisite subjects:
- Do you have any plans to potentially apply for an overseas university? It is vital that you check whether you require any prerequisite subjects. University websites are the best place to look for this information.
- Do you have plans to potentially apply for an Australian university interstate or in New Zealand? It is vital that you check whether you require any prerequisite subjects. University websites are the best place to look for this information.
Prerequisite subjects for local, interstate and overseas university options tend to be found primarily in Mathematics and English. However, this does not preclude other subjects from being listed. It is important to seek clarification from the university if there are any questions during the subject selection process.