Core Requirements

The core of the diploma program has three parts.

Extended Essay
Students write an independent research essay of 4,000 words to investigate a topic of individual interest. Students gain independent research and writing skills expected at university level.

Theory of Knowledge

The ToK course requires students to consider how knowledge is constructed. In discussion-driven classes we consider shared knowledge in external areas such as Maths, the Sciences, History, the Arts and Religion. We also consider personal knowledge which is influenced and shaped by – among other factors – family values, educational systems, customs and culture, geography and local religion.

TOK students are encouraged to reflect on the degree to which their own and other people’s motivations, beliefs, thought processes and emotional reactions influence what they know and what they are capable of knowing.

Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)
Participation in the College’s CAS programme encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service work, thus fostering their awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena. Importantly, a requirement of this course is that students reflect in some detail on their learning through these experiences. Please go to the Extra-Academic section of the website to find more information on the CAS programme of the College.

IB Learners strive to be: