IB students study six subjects throughout the course, one from each of Groups 1-6 shown below.

Subject availability is determined mainly by student interest and academic staffing.

Prior to commencing IB Diploma, a final list of subjects is made available to students.

Group 1 Studies in Language & Literature

Language A - Language & Literature

  • English SL/HL
  • Arabic SL/HL

Group 2 Language Acquisition

Language B

  • English SL/HL
  • Arabic SL/HL

Language Ab Initio

  • French/Arabic Ab Initio SL ONLY

Group 3 Individuals and societies

  • Business & Management SL/HL
  • History SL/HL
  • Psychology SL & HL

Group 4 Sciences

  • Biology SL/HL
  • Chemistry SL/HL
  • Physics SL/HL
  • Computer Science SL/HL

Group 5 Mathematics

  • Math SL/ HL
  • Math Studies SL ONLY

Group 6 The Arts

  • Visual Arts SL/HL

Higher Level and Standard Level Subjects

Students must study three subjects at Higher Level (HL), and three at Standard Level (SL).

Some subjects are offered only as SL subjects, but otherwise students may choose whichever HL and SL subjects suit their requirements, interests and strengths.

HL subjects require a minimum of 240 hours class time over the two years, and HL coursework should be completed in Term 3 of year 12. SL subjects require a minimum of 150 hours of class time and should be completed in term 2 of year 12.

The SL subjects satisfy the entry requirements for most University faculties, but in some particular cases a HL subject is a required pre-requisite. Students should be familiar with the pre-requisites of any University course of study of interest to them.

The Centre of the Hexagon

Theory of Knowledge: Theory of Knowledge or TOK gives students the opportunity to explore what lies at the heart of ‘knowledge’ and provides them with the tools necessary to evaluate it. It examines what lies behind the subject groups they are studying and unifies their understandings. Classes involve mainly discussion and require that students be active and involved.

The course looks at:

  • The role of language and thought in knowledge
  • The requirements of logical rigour for knowledge
  • Systems of knowledge – mathematics, natural sciences, human sciences, history
  • Value judgements and knowledge – moral, political and aesthetic judgements
  • Knowledge and truth

Students are required to submit a 1200 – 1600 word Essay on a topic chosen from a supplied list, and to make a 10 minute Oral Presentation to the class on another topic.

Extended Essay

Students must write a 4000 word Research Essay on a topic of their choice from any one of the subjects they are studying. The Essay is completed through the second Semester of year 11 and the first Term of year 12. Students must submit a proposal or plan for their Essay Topic in Term 2 of year 11. The second draft should be completed by the end of year 11 and the final finished essay submitted by the end of term 1 of year 12.

Each student is assigned to a Supervisor who will offer guidance in the subject matter of the Essay but not in the detailed drafting. Supervisors are not expected to spend more than four hours in total on any student’s Essay.

Creativity, Activity & Service CAS

During the course of the two year program, students must involve themselves in approximately (150 hours) of active participation in these three areas of extra-curricular activity and they must document this involvement. An important part of the CAS program is self-evaluation with the aim of broadening the student’s personal growth.

Students must participate in all three activity areas, and participation must be outside of normal class requirements and cannot include activity that is required of students at school or outside. The activity must be of a voluntary nature. Students are expected to keep a CAS Journal documenting their CAS involvement.